Monthly Archives: June 2012

Leonardo fading

Am I rearranging the Titanic’s deckchairs, by fretting over the condition of a 500 year-old drawing? With all that’s at stake in contemporary society, does art conservation really matter all that much? Oh, but I’d argue: if our culture’s worth … Continue reading

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Here come the viruses

Our language says a lot about us, doesn’t it? This is especially so for the language we consciously adopt to describe our evolving culture. So it’s particularly telling, I think, that we (“we” being the users, creators and squatters of … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy all around

To call this, the U.S. presidential election cycle, the silly season, doesn’t at all do it justice. Because there’s nothing silly about naked hypocrisy and raw cynicism. On Friday, June 15th the Obama administration announced a change in policy at … Continue reading

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The hands of the artist, across time

This is art history, to a prehistoric degree. And it just may cause us to rethink whether art belongs to our species alone. A newly perfected uranium-thorium dating technique has drastically pushed back the dates of several European cave-painting sites, … Continue reading

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Time for a giveaway!

It couldn’t be easier to score you some free swag! And by ‘swag,’ we mean signed, first edition copies of Voracious and Refrigerator Magnets. We’ll even spring for the postage! (and for that reason – sorry – U.S. and Canadian … Continue reading

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Car Talk – end of an era (but a well-earned retirement)

The concept of “radio show” is almost an anachronism now. The golden age of radio is long past, and most of us turn to other media for long-form entertainment. But there’s a holdout, a happy anachronism, for me and millions … Continue reading

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We don’t care if John Travolta is gay

There’s a sudden drumbeat, it seems,┬áto out John Travolta as gay, promiscuous, even frighteningly aggressive when on the prowl. Although rumors about Travolta’s sexuality aren’t new–they go back decades, in fact–a strange new emphasis on the subject has appeared within … Continue reading

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A fine art conundrum

Should art museums throughout the world be free to lend their collections, thus spreading culture and goodwill? And should victims of art theft, particularly those victimized through wartime plunder, be free to pursue the return of their property? For most … Continue reading

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