(Art is a shortcut to philosophy declares Alexandra York i...)
Art is a shortcut to philosophy declares Alexandra York in this challenging collection of essays offered for the specific purpose of suggesting which art and ideas should be championed and advanced if we are to generate an American Renaissance at the dawn of this new millennium. The result of her efforts is no less than a blueprint for a revolution in the arts. Nothing since Tom Wolfe's The Painted Word has so daringly called for a reconsideration of where the tastemaking establishment has been taking us. Boldly addressing the anomaly of a nation experiencing both unprecedented material prosperity and cultural bankruptcy and calling herself a radical for beauty, she frankly spurns twentieth century primitivism, nihilism, deconstructionism and political correctness. As a potent antidote to our cultural malaise, she advocates revitalizing the fundamental tenets of our philosophical heritage (ancient Greece) by imbuing contemporary art created in the established Western heritage art forms--representationalism in the visual arts; melody and harmony in music; structure and ideation in the written arts--with a positive and inspiring content that celebrates the world at its most beautiful and man and woman at their best. No revivalist, she also spurns nostalgia and urges those of us who love life and the art that enhances living to enjoy and enrich our moments on this earth through art experiences that lift our spirits, move us to contemplative thought and remind us why life is worth living.
(“A psychological thriller. . . richly drawn characters. ....)
“A psychological thriller. . . richly drawn characters. . . an innovative, powerfully motivational novel.” —Dr. Michael J. Hurd, psychologist and nationally syndicated talk show host What happens when your work and your love clash with your deepest values? Leon Skillman is a rich and renowned American sculptor. Cynical, smart, handsome, and glib, he’s the darling of socialites, the press, art critics, and gossip columnists. But when he meets Tara Niforous, a highly challenging Greek-American archaeologist, his smug existence is shattered—and conflicts long buried in his soul boil to the surface. Tara is an idealist who lives for her ancient bronze and marble “gods.” But she falls irresistibly in love with Leon, who looks and acts like one in the flesh. Meanwhile, Dimitrios Kokonas—Tara’s older employer at the Athens museum where she works—has for years been secretly in love with his protégé. Intensely romantic, yet painfully shy, Dimitrios vows at last to reveal his passion to Tara. . . but now he must challenge a young god for the woman he adores. Set in Manhattan’s fast-paced, controversial art world with exotic forays to Greece, Turkey, and Palm Beach, CROSSPOINTS is unlike any other romantic suspense novel because of its thought-provoking ideas and perceptive insights. It explores not only the tangled conflicts of the human heart but also the clashing values that lie at their core. It’s an unforgettable love story that simultaneously unveils the hidden worlds of art, archaeology, family, religion, and high society—worlds where the rare quest for noble ideals must overcome the raw pull of sex, drugs, money, fame…and sometimes, of love itself. CROSSPOINTS is a story about Choice—not only the choices faced by three strong-willed people ensnared in a mind-and-heart-gripping romantic triangle but also other conflicts between and within secondary characters as well. Choice: the very kind of choices we all face in real life…and their profound consequences for our own personal and professional lives.
(Feisty singer-songwriter Elena Gadonni’s life changes for...)
Feisty singer-songwriter Elena Gadonni’s life changes forever on the day she learns that her father Rinaldo is actually “Zio” Gadonni, the Mafia’s ”Boss of all Bosses.” Horrified, Elena repudiates her father and changes her name. But nobody walks out on The Family. Zio schemes secretly to ensnare his daughter into marriage to show-biz agent Lorgan Cantrell. Trapped by his own birth, Lorgan agrees to manage her professionally but privately vows never to romance and certainly never marry this true heroine of the spirit, an act that would betray her independence and force her back into the world of La Cosa Nostra. Elena doesn’t know that her sudden career success is being orchestrated by the reluctant heir to the California “Cantrelli” Family. But things take a deadly turn when she decides to testify against her estranged father—and Zio, enraged, puts out a “hit” on his own daughter. Can Elena survive the wrath of her father . . . let alone ever free herself from the iron grip of The Family? THE INNOCENT is a tangled tale of modern-day Mob life—a gripping story of romantic suspense that succeeds without ever romanticizing the brutal underworld of organized crime. "Here is a romantic suspense story with flesh and blood characters who live out the consequences of their values. Love & action are entwined in plot lines that are plausible, engaging and uplifting." Dr. Pierre Rioux, Psychiatrist and clinical professor of Neuroscience
(Why has lying become a way of life in America? How are am...)
Why has lying become a way of life in America? How are amorality and corruption raging not only in politics but also seeping into every strand of the overall cultural fabric of a country founded on principles of individualism and integrity? In this short but revelatory monograph, Alexandra York probes beneath politics into the deeper illnesses infecting the very soul of America’s identity as an exceptional nation. Defining a “culture” as the sum of a country’s core values, encompassing education, fine and popular arts and entertainment, science, physical and mental health, leisure activities, ambitions, and relationships, she claims that a whole-culture affliction is causing the United States to weaken its pride within and its power abroad. She traces this cultural decline from the dawn of the twentieth century when the first proposals for the “transformation”—destruction—of Western civilization’s traditional values of honesty, reason, responsibility, productivity, independence, and individual worth to today’s resultant social, business and political maladies. America is more than a place, she insists, it is a state of mind that is now suffering from the deleterious ideas that have been injected purposefully into the country’s individualistic social-economic system in order to drain it from its glowing achievements and global supremacy. The scope of this exploration is broad, but its often shocking details are accessible and verifiable. By providing little known or generally misunderstood information, the fundamental philosophical-cultural dots causing America’s present-day crises are exposed and connected for historical overview. Subjects include moral values, business/government-domestic/foreign policies, social-economic systems, political correctness, and the spread of personal, corporate, and political corruption. Highlighting early collectivist intellectuals who outlined scenarios to “transform” America such as H. G. Wells and Herbert Croly, York’s narrative moves on through the direct cultural damages inflicted by The Frankfurt School group and the Father of Community Organizing, Saul Alinsky, to the 1960s Hippies Movement and present-day tribal primitivism. Her cast of characters includes minor players involved in major events that have accelerated America’s interior demise and features Alinsky’s well-known heirs Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who together are taking his playbook for community control to the national level. Beyond that, the current behind-the-scenes director, Hungarian-born George Soros, is introduced as extending Alinsky’s programming into a global setting that, if successful, will terminate America’s great experiment in individualism, capitalism, and freedom for all.
(“ADAMAS is not a political story. It’s a romantic, suspen...)
“ADAMAS is not a political story. It’s a romantic, suspenseful tale about the invincible spirit of humankind against all odds. But Alexandra York’s passion for freedom and free enterprise flows through this fast-paced novel as fervently as her hero meets battle after battle to win a rightful place in his chosen profession.” John Anthony, CEO Sustainable Freedom Lab “Dramatizing rampant corruption plaguing the United States and the rest of the world today, ADAMAS combines adventure, romance, suspense, history, courtroom drama, and political and business intrigue, with economic and political insights. Alexandra York's novel addresses contemporary issues through the lens of timeless values.” S. T. Karnick, cultural analyst, book, magazine, and newspaper writer and editor; Director of Research, Heartland Institute A double murder in New York City on New Year’s Eve sets in motion one young maverick diamond prospector’s determination to destroy the world-wide monopoly of the Consolidated Diamond Network’s stranglehold on the industry. Hiring a now-married former lover as his defense attorney, Randell “Rink” Garner fights for his life, his freedom, his revenge, and her love in this gripping drama of thrilling romantic-suspense that moves from The Amazon to South Africa to England to Canada and always within Manhattan’s singular world of intrigue and glamour that forever glitters as mesmerizing as the diamond itself. ". . . if these stones are tested upon an anvil, they resist blows to such an extent that an iron hammer may split in two and even the anvil itself may be displaced. Indeed, the hardness is indescribable. Adamas [diamond] derives its name from this property because, in its Greek meaning, it is an indomitable force. . . " —Pliny the Elder
York studied at Michigan State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts.
York began her career in 1977 and held different positions, including spokesperson for Clairol Inc., an actress in dozens of television and radio commercials in America and Europe, writer and talk show host at CBS Radio Network and performer in Off-Broadway and major regional theatre productions. Since 1977 she has been an author of such books such as "Back to basics natural beauty handbook", 1977, "From the fountainhead to the future and other essays on art and excellence", 2000, "The innocent", 2014 and others.
In 1990, she became an editor at the Atlantic Lady, where she worked for three years. Also in 1991, Alexandra took a position of a guest speaker and lecturer at Hillsdale College and held it until 2008. Also she worked as an art exhibition producer at Galleries and Fine Arts Centers from 1993 to 2008. The same years York held the position of an editor and publisher at American Renaissance for the Twenty-first Century. Since 1993 she has served as a founding president of the same foundation.
Also Alexandra has been a regular columnist at Newsmax Media since 2015. In addition, she is a guest speaker and lecturer on art, entertainment, theatre at universities, corporations, radio and tv shows, cruise ships and women`s clubs.
(Why has lying become a way of life in America? How are am...)2016
(Art is a shortcut to philosophy declares Alexandra York i...)2000
("Over the Years" Poems, Lyrics, Songs and Prose presents ...)2006
(Feisty singer-songwriter Elena Gadonni’s life changes for...)2015
(“ADAMAS is not a political story. It’s a romantic, suspen...)2016
(“A psychological thriller. . . richly drawn characters. ....)2014
York is a member of the Authors Guild, National Arts Club, Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, Classic Car Club of America, Urasenke International Tea Ceremony Society.
She serves on the Advisory Council for the Florence Academy of Arts in Italy and the Policy Advisory Board for Heartland Institute in Chicago.
Alexandra York is married to Barrett Randell.