Could Robert Frost’s Letters Repair His Reputation?

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As information about the poet’s life came out in the years after his death in 1963, his image changed from New England country sage to jealous and cruel egomaniac. Yet one of the editors of Frost’s correspondence says that what we’ll find there is “mostly … a generosity of spirit.”

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Are There Only Four Basic Emotions?

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The existing scientific consensus has been that there are six, but a new study based on facial expressions suggests that there are only four, with the remaining two products of the others. Yet some observers, including commenters on this article, question the entire basis of the new research.

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Dallas Museum Gets Major Collection of Islamic Art

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“The Keir Collection, amassed over decades in Britain by Edmund de Unger, a Hungarian real-estate magnate who died in 2011, will go to Dallas for at least 15 years beginning in May, under an unusual long-term renewable loan that will give the museum the right to lend pieces to other institutions.”

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Love The Artist, Not The Man?

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“Whether separating art from artist is right or wrong is a question that provokes too many headaches to answer succinctly—but the ability and proclivity to do so is an inevitability of participating in modern culture.”

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Detroit Institute Of Art Gave Raises To Its Execs In The Past Four Years (And This Is Important Because…)

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“The DIA’s tax filings indicate salaries and compensation for top executives have climbed 17 percent since 2010. That’s somewhat greater than increases at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, and substantially greater than at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Neither of those institutions is getting rescue money.”

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Moby: Why I Left New York (It’s Not Creative)

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“I was so accustomed to the city’s absurd cult of money that it took me years to notice I didn’t have any artist friends left in Manhattan, and the artists and musicians I knew were slowly moving farther and farther east, with many parts of Brooklyn even becoming too pricey for aspiring or working artists.”

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Is Fair Use Broken In The Visual Arts?

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“Members of the visual arts communities of practice encounter copyright permissions issues in connection with virtually every aspect of fulfilling their professional responsibilities, ranging from an artist’s creation of work that references popular culture to an art historian’s focus on a contemporary artist, to a teacher’s compilation of curriculum materials, to a museum exhibition and […]

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Riccardo Muti On The Ways Of The World

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Muti looks more and more these days for ways to connect past and present. He wonders if the current merging and melding of cultures and nationalities will produce a kind of music that “will be relevant to listeners today” while “exploring the many layers of the past, the many kinds of melody, harmony, chanting, rhythms […]

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Brazilian TV Airs First Primetime Gay Male Kiss

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This was a huge deal. “‘Kiss him, Felix,’ urged thousands of viewers of Globo TV’s popular soap Amor à Vida … The campaign for it was partly led by a politician, and it took place online using Facebook and Twitter.”

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