Dealer/Hoarder Considers Restitution for Nazi-Looted Art

Gurlitt Matisse

An attorney for Cornelius Gurlitt, the reclusive Munich collector whose trove of art, roughly valued at $1.3 billion, may be works looted by Nazi forces and sold through Gurlitt’s art dealer father, says that he will consider

Google’s Plan To Build A Brain


“Basically, the idea is to mimic the biological structure of the human brain with software so that it can build machines that learn “organically” — that is, without human involvement.”

Ballet Gets Its Own Prime-Time Drama Series


It’s called Flesh and Bone, it will center on an ambitious and disturbed young ballerina (wonder where they got that idea), and it features some serious ballet talent in front of and behind the camera. Leading the project is a longtime producer for Quentin Tarantino. (Make of that what you will.)

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker For Posting Leaking Script


Last week Tarantino called off his project The Hateful Eight after copies of the screenplay were leaked an began circulating around Hollywood. Within two days, Gawker Media’s site Defamer revealed plot points and posted links to the complete script. So the furious director is taking Gawker to court.

Great Classic Movies and Their Godawful Trailers


Rear Window, The Graduate, Pulp Fiction – they may hold up through the years, but their trailers most definitely do not. Could this be why there’s now a fad to remix them, like The Sound of Music as a horror flick and The Shining as a rom-com? Adrienne LaFrance explains.

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Libraries As Museums (We’ve Got To Preserve Printed Books)

New chapter … a man reading a book at Ventnor library on the Isle of Wight.

“The role of libraries is essential here, as secure repositories for the written word. And here I must admit a fear. In their rush to digitisation – an enthusiasm I find in most librarians I meet – there is the danger that libraries may too quickly abandon their crucial historical role.”

Remembering Herblock, Cartoonist Extraordinaire


“Almost singlehanded, he rescued the craft of editorial cartooning from a fen of mediocrity, then turned his sharp pen on the most important issues of his long lifetime, from tyranny to human rights.”