“It was just over 39 years ago that the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College experienced what was likely its worst moment: Thieves broke in on a winter night and made off with three centuries-old paintings valued at more than $400,000.” Two of the works were recovered in 1989; authorities now hope to locate the third.
Alain de Botton: “Beneath the rage, one senses a touching belief that the problems of the world are basically solvable, it’s just they aren’t being dealt with swiftly or decisively enough for the simple reason, to which every new day provides fresh testimony, that we are ruled by crooks and idiots. The relevant insights are there, just in the wrong hands.”
“First, some people are simply more critical of popular things… Secondly, as a book is read by more and more readers, it is subjected to an increasingly diverse range of literary tastes.”
American Studies circa 2014 is an academic pursuit undone by its own prose style.
Gold-medal winners Davis and White “have a small window of opportunity. The Winter Olympics soon will be forgotten by general sports fans, who quickly will move on to other things, because spring training is heating up and then March Madness is right around the corner.”
The second-year producers suit up for the big game day.
“In a wise world a way might be found to have the best of both plans. The hall could be kept, along with a new office building higher than the low-ish stepped design currently proposed, which for reasons of townscape feels obliged to limbo dance beneath an invisible height limit. It could be beautiful, this coexistence of market and office building, not a compromise.”
“Those who seldom or never dine at the Four Seasons may feel estranged from an argument about the artistic integrity of a place where billionaires cluster over bluefin sashimi and roast squab with truffle sauce. But the survival of a Picasso, even a semipublic one, should concern everybody.”
One art historian: “The more wobbly things are shoved to the side. The various kinds of evidence, their status and what job they do in proving the case are never really inspected.”
“The spy agencies call these ‘leaky apps.’ The spies collect information from among others, Google Maps, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, which in turn can transmit location, buddy lists, browsing history, and more.”
The new Elaine Stritch documentary “raises familiar questions about career longevity and the innate compulsion to create.”
Rising commercial rents are a threat, but “some also pointed to a recent influx of marijuana dispensaries and a resurgence in criminal activity in the area, including prostitution.”
“In such a way is the work of publishing succinctly translated into the digital sphere, searching out literary gems among the masses of narrative available to us, and bringing them to us wherever we may be.”