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Comedians Are Complaining About Cancel Culture. But Then, They Always Have

Social media “gives the impression that people are more irrational, humorless and overly sensitive than in the past,” but vintage letters to the editor contain “remarkably similar” sentiments. - The New York Times

The Damaged Music From Auschwitz, Heard In Public For The First Times

“Jews being held in concentration camps were unable to document what was happening to them by conventional means. Writing down or photographing this would have been impossible, so they turned to a long cultural tradition of telling their stories through songs and music." - Washington Post

British Library Hacked, User Data Offered On The Dark Web

The attack, which took place on 31 October, is continuing to affect its website, online systems and some onsite services, a statement said. The Rhysida ransomware group claim to be behind the attack, have said they will auction off the stolen data. - BBC

Music Genres Mean Little To Most Fans These Days

In the digital age, around 100,000 new tracks are uploaded to Spotify every day, and they're sorted into one of more than 6,000 genre classifications. So how has this increasingly diverse landscape impacted the sub-cultures that organise themselves around music? - BBC

How AI Is Deciphering Ancient Languages

Because the technology works on the basis of image analysis, it is in theory applicable to any writing whatsoever, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to copperplate. Ten years after its initial development, some truly exciting consequences of the development of handwritten text recognition (HTR) techniques are becoming clear. - Aeon

Morality In AI? Is That Even Possible?

Human moral judgment is rich and subtle, emerging through the complex interplay of reason and emotion—not the sort of thing that you’d expect a large language model to understand. - The New Yorker

Our Notions Of What Constitutes An “Adult” Are Changing

Setting aside their feelings about being an adult, what did people say defined adulthood for them? They in fact tended to place little emphasis on the traditional milestones of marriage and parenthood. Psyche

Iowa Public Radio Listeners Take Over Funding After State and University Slash Funds

The network is nearly entirely funded by listener donations after its budget was slashed by state lawmakers and the Iowa Board of Regents discontinued funding the station in 2020. - Inside Radio

Can We Just Do Away With The Genre of Literary Fiction?

"Genre is a confining madness; it says nothing about how writers write or readers read, and everything about how publishers, retailers and commentators would like them to. … Consider the worst offender: not crime, horror, science fiction, espionage or romance, but 'literary fiction', ... ultimately meaningless except as a confused shorthand." - The Guardian

Report: Israel Has Destroyed More Than 100 Cultural Sites In Gaza

Historic religious sites, museums, and archaeological sites have been destroyed, the report says, noting that Gaza has been a cultural hub for every civilization that has conquered the region, from Egypt in the early 15th century BCE, to the Greeks under Alexander the Great, to the Roman and Byzantine Empires. - ARTnews

Who Says We Can’t Write New Music In A Thoroughly Baroque Style?

"Nuova Pratica, a group of up-and-coming performer-composers who aim to re-open the book on Baroque composition, … reject the idea that what they do is mere pastiche. …(Their) music issues an unspoken challenge to the idea that everything in the musical language of the Baroque has already been said." - Early Music America

A Second Mona Lisa Goes On Display. Was It Really Painted By Leonardo?

“We have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Leonardo painted two Mona Lisas and this is the only candidate to be the second,” said Joël Feldman, general secretary of the Mona Lisa Foundation. - Artnet

This Public Radio Sleep Podcast Is Guaranteed To Send You Into Dazed Oblivion

"Marfa Public Radio Puts You to Sleep, a pledge-drive special released in October, features station staffers reading snooze-worthy documents related to public broadcasting and the details of running a radio station. Featured texts on the show’s 10 episodes ... included NPR’s style guide and the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act." - Current

The Jewish Foundations Of American Theatre

Though Jews had been an integral part of mainstream theater for decades — creating, presenting, teaching and consuming it — and had found in it the ultimate and most enduring expression of their artistry, seldom was the product Jewish on the surface. - The New York Times

Robert Battle Brought The Alvin Ailey Company Into The 21st Century

Gia Kourlas: "He updated Ailey’s repertory without hogging the choreographic spotlight for himself. And his taste in choreography was mercifully broad. After years of great dancers’ doing their best to elevate weak dances, this was refreshing." - The New York Times

The Ukrainian History Global Initiative: 90 Scholars Come Together To Reclaim The Nation’s Story From Putin

"The historians want Ukraine’s history to take its place among a wealth of global stories – from the part it played in the history of the ancient Greeks who founded trading emporia on the Black Sea to its connections with Byzantium and the Vikings who ruled Kyivan Rus." - The Guardian

How The Borders Brothers Transformed The Bookstore Business

"By adding to the (original) store space piecemeal, the brothers drifted into the 'superstore' concept by accident. Mathematically, the formula they discovered was astounding (and oversimplified): as their bookstore became larger with better selection, it drew from a larger radius, became more exciting, and sales per square foot increased!" - Literary Hub

Italy’s Last Government Appointed Foreign Directors To Run Some Leading Museums. The Current Government Probably Won’t.

"The then-culture minister, Dario Franceschini, sought applications from foreigners to shake up the museum sector, … appoint(ing) seven foreigners and several Italians with experience abroad." The new government, made up of right-leaning nationalist parties, is not following suit, and directors from abroad have good reasons not to apply. - The New York Times

The Guardian Signs A Movie/TV Deal With Sony Pictures Entertainment

"The deal will give SPE’s film and television production groups, which include Columbia Pictures, TriStar, Screen Gems and 3000 Pictures as well as TV operations …, development rights to The Guardian’s current and developing news stories, as well as the paper’s archive, reaching back 200 years." - The Hollywood Reporter

Tim Dorsey, Who Put Florida’s Weirdness Into Dark Comic Novels, Is Dead At 62

One of a trio (along with Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry) of erstwhile newspaper reporters who became famous for satirizing their home state in fiction, Dorsey wrote a series of novels about serial murderer Serge Storms, who came up with fiendishly inventive ways of dispatching deserving victims. - Tampa Bay Times

By Topic

Morality In AI? Is That Even Possible?

Human moral judgment is rich and subtle, emerging through the complex interplay of reason and emotion—not the sort of thing that you’d expect a large language model to understand. - The New Yorker

Our Notions Of What Constitutes An “Adult” Are Changing

Setting aside their feelings about being an adult, what did people say defined adulthood for them? They in fact tended to place little emphasis on the traditional milestones of marriage and parenthood. Psyche

Our Complicated Interdependent Relationship With Machines

Human beings make machines, but machines remake human society, too. Reliable, spring-driven clocks enabled precision time measurement, forcing us into regimented daily schedules, but they also helped sailors calculate their positions at sea with far greater accuracy, leading to the first reliable maps. - The Wall Street Journal

Why It’s Good To Be Comfortable With Not Knowing

Those who shun the indefinite tend to see the world in shades of black and white, ignoring the gray. They are prone to jump to answers and are distressed by chaos and surprise. - Nautilus

Anodyne ChatBots Aren’t Very Useful – It’s Called The Spicy Mayo Problem

ChatGPT felt new because it was capable of something much like a discussion. You can start with a half-baked idea and develop it with the AI’s help, using it as an aid to your own creativity. However, with each iteration of ChatGPT, ever more questions generate a stock or evasive response. - The Atlantic

What Happened When My Family Disconnected From The Internet

"Without distractions, the days seemed to expand. We learned to harvest time, an idea that came to us in national forests across the U.S. We realized that days undisturbed by digital interruptions made time slow down and improved the quality of our time together." - The Atlantic

Report: Israel Has Destroyed More Than 100 Cultural Sites In Gaza

Historic religious sites, museums, and archaeological sites have been destroyed, the report says, noting that Gaza has been a cultural hub for every civilization that has conquered the region, from Egypt in the early 15th century BCE, to the Greeks under Alexander the Great, to the Roman and Byzantine Empires. - ARTnews

The Ukrainian History Global Initiative: 90 Scholars Come Together To Reclaim The Nation’s Story From Putin

"The historians want Ukraine’s history to take its place among a wealth of global stories – from the part it played in the history of the ancient Greeks who founded trading emporia on the Black Sea to its connections with Byzantium and the Vikings who ruled Kyivan Rus." - The Guardian

How Art Works On Us

A gesture, a tear, or just silence may be more eloquent than words. It is this ‘beyond’ in our imperfect communications, that hint at what art can do. Art aspires to a more perfect communication: one that takes us beyond the confines of the lonely self. - 3 Quarks Daily

Museum Reclassifies Roman Emperor As Trans. The Real Story Is More Complicated

While the Romans clearly engaged in acts that we today consider gay or straight sex, they would not recognise the sexual orientations we associate with them. The ancient Romans did not share the same conceptions of sexuality that we do. - The Conversation

A Prescription For American Well-Being: The Arts

At a time when more Americans feel stressed, face mental health challenges, and feel more disconnected from each other than ever before, the arts can serve as a unifier and a touchstone for our humanity, directly impacting our individual and collective well-being. - American Theatre

British Prime Minister Cancels Meeting With Greek Prime Minister After Parthenon Marbles Comments

According to the BBC, the decision was made after Mr. Mitsotakis, appearing on British television on Sunday, called for the marbles, which include statues of Greek gods and carved frieze panels that once decorated the Parthenon, to be returned to Athens. - The New York Times

The Damaged Music From Auschwitz, Heard In Public For The First Times

“Jews being held in concentration camps were unable to document what was happening to them by conventional means. Writing down or photographing this would have been impossible, so they turned to a long cultural tradition of telling their stories through songs and music." - Washington Post

Music Genres Mean Little To Most Fans These Days

In the digital age, around 100,000 new tracks are uploaded to Spotify every day, and they're sorted into one of more than 6,000 genre classifications. So how has this increasingly diverse landscape impacted the sub-cultures that organise themselves around music? - BBC

Who Says We Can’t Write New Music In A Thoroughly Baroque Style?

"Nuova Pratica, a group of up-and-coming performer-composers who aim to re-open the book on Baroque composition, … reject the idea that what they do is mere pastiche. …(Their) music issues an unspoken challenge to the idea that everything in the musical language of the Baroque has already been said." - Early Music America

GroupMuse: Building Classical Music Communities One Concert At A Time

"One of the big lessons on my mind recently is that certain types of communities are difficult to scale. We’ve spent a lot of years trying to grow as much as possible in order to maintain ourselves as an organization financially, and we’ve never found that the type of community we want to build...

Architect Rafael Viñoly’s Curved-Keyboard Piano Makes Its Carnegie Hall Debut

“It looks like you’re looking at a normal piano through funny mirrors,” says Jonathan Biss, who will play Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto" on it with conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert benefiting the foundation of the late architect, who died last March. - The New York Times

Chicago Symphony Is Bouncing Back From COVID Better Than Many Of Its Neighbors

Paid attendance and box office income are both nearing pre-pandemic levels, though they're still slightly below those of 2019. Says CEO Jeff Alexander, "We're building our way back. … We're happy. We could be happier." - Crain's Chicago Business

A Second Mona Lisa Goes On Display. Was It Really Painted By Leonardo?

“We have proved beyond reasonable doubt that Leonardo painted two Mona Lisas and this is the only candidate to be the second,” said Joël Feldman, general secretary of the Mona Lisa Foundation. - Artnet

Italy’s Last Government Appointed Foreign Directors To Run Some Leading Museums. The Current Government Probably Won’t.

"The then-culture minister, Dario Franceschini, sought applications from foreigners to shake up the museum sector, … appoint(ing) seven foreigners and several Italians with experience abroad." The new government, made up of right-leaning nationalist parties, is not following suit, and directors from abroad have good reasons not to apply. - The New York Times

They Sold An NC Wyeth Painting Bought For $4 At A Thrift Store For $191,000 At Auction. But Not Really

The Donahues have since retaken possession of their painting from the auction house, Bonhams. All they have to show for their efforts is a new cardboard box, courtesy of the Bonhams shipping department. - The New York Times

Mellon Foundation Doubles Down On Monuments

The foundation said the half-a-billon-dollar commitment is the largest multiyear funding initiative in its history. “I feel proud that we’ve been catalysts and contributors to a larger conversation in the nation about monuments,” said Elizabeth Alexander, the foundation’s president. - The New York Times

Ancient Treasures From Crimea, Stuck In Limbo For Years In The Netherlands, Have Been Returned To Ukraine

"The collection, mostly from Crimean museums, was on loan to Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum when Russia annexed Ukraine's peninsula in 2014. Both Ukraine and Russia claimed the items but" — after a decade of legal proceedings — "Dutch courts backed Kyiv." - BBC

Ai WeiWei On Cancellation Of His European Shows Because Of His Comments

“When a society cannot withstand diverse voices, it teeters on the brink of collapse. I am committed to voicing my perspective. The irony lies in staging such an exhibition precisely when art is most crucial for expressing alternative perspectives. Yet, self-censorship robs artists of this vital opportunity, a poignant contradiction in a time demanding...

British Library Hacked, User Data Offered On The Dark Web

The attack, which took place on 31 October, is continuing to affect its website, online systems and some onsite services, a statement said. The Rhysida ransomware group claim to be behind the attack, have said they will auction off the stolen data. - BBC

How AI Is Deciphering Ancient Languages

Because the technology works on the basis of image analysis, it is in theory applicable to any writing whatsoever, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to copperplate. Ten years after its initial development, some truly exciting consequences of the development of handwritten text recognition (HTR) techniques are becoming clear. - Aeon

Can We Just Do Away With The Genre of Literary Fiction?

"Genre is a confining madness; it says nothing about how writers write or readers read, and everything about how publishers, retailers and commentators would like them to. … Consider the worst offender: not crime, horror, science fiction, espionage or romance, but 'literary fiction', ... ultimately meaningless except as a confused shorthand." - The Guardian

How The Borders Brothers Transformed The Bookstore Business

"By adding to the (original) store space piecemeal, the brothers drifted into the 'superstore' concept by accident. Mathematically, the formula they discovered was astounding (and oversimplified): as their bookstore became larger with better selection, it drew from a larger radius, became more exciting, and sales per square foot increased!" - Literary Hub

Ex-CNN Boss Jeff Zucker May Well End Up Running Britain’s Telegraph And Spectator

He's the media executive fronting the bid by RedBird IMI, a joint venture between two investment funds, based in New York and Abu Dhabi, to buy the Tory-supporting newspaper and magazine in a bankruptcy auction. If successful, Zucker intends to expand the outlets into the US market and beyond. - Variety

“Authentic” Is Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year 2023

"Authentic cuisine. Authentic voice. Authentic self. Authenticity as artifice. Lookups for the word are routinely heavy on the dictionary company’s site but were boosted to new heights throughout the year … in (this) age of deepfakes and post-truth." - AP

Iowa Public Radio Listeners Take Over Funding After State and University Slash Funds

The network is nearly entirely funded by listener donations after its budget was slashed by state lawmakers and the Iowa Board of Regents discontinued funding the station in 2020. - Inside Radio

This Public Radio Sleep Podcast Is Guaranteed To Send You Into Dazed Oblivion

"Marfa Public Radio Puts You to Sleep, a pledge-drive special released in October, features station staffers reading snooze-worthy documents related to public broadcasting and the details of running a radio station. Featured texts on the show’s 10 episodes ... included NPR’s style guide and the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act." - Current

The Guardian Signs A Movie/TV Deal With Sony Pictures Entertainment

"The deal will give SPE’s film and television production groups, which include Columbia Pictures, TriStar, Screen Gems and 3000 Pictures as well as TV operations …, development rights to The Guardian’s current and developing news stories, as well as the paper’s archive, reaching back 200 years." - The Hollywood Reporter

Is Cookie Monster On “Sesame Street” Eating Real Cookies?

Well, yes … more or less. They are home-baked by Muppet wrangler Lara MacLean and contain entirely edible ingredients. Mind you, that doesn't mean they taste good (to humans). Flavor is not their most important quality. - The New York Times

The Beatles’ “New” Song Suggests Some Thorny Uses For AI

While the current legacy-I.P. production boom is focused on fictional characters, there’s no reason to think it won’t, in the future, take the form of beloved real-life entertainers being endlessly re-presented to us with help from new tools. - The New York Times

British Independent Film Is Having A Real Moment

"No longer does the phrase 'British independent film' instantly bring to mind a particular sort of gritty, miserable social-realist drama." Instead, think psychosexual dramas, delightful rom-coms, and much, much more. - The Observer (UK)

Robert Battle Brought The Alvin Ailey Company Into The 21st Century

Gia Kourlas: "He updated Ailey’s repertory without hogging the choreographic spotlight for himself. And his taste in choreography was mercifully broad. After years of great dancers’ doing their best to elevate weak dances, this was refreshing." - The New York Times

New York City Ballet Finally Settles On A Contract With Its Orchestra

"The three-year contract, … (coming) after months of wrangling, … includes an increase in compensation of about 22 percent over three years, a central demand of the musicians, who had argued that they were underpaid because of salary cuts made during the pandemic." - The New York Times

He Holds Modern Dance History In His Hands: Meet The Chief Archivist At Jacob’s Pillow

"In 1990, then-director Sam Miller named (Norton Owen) director of preservation, where he now oversees the scholar-in-residence program, PillowTalks, pre- and post-show talks, and exhibitions. Carrying on Pillow founder Ted Shawn’s drive to document, Owen has prioritized video and continually upgraded the quality of the organization’s performance recordings." - Dance Magazine

The Children Of City Ballet’s Nutcracker

One candy cane (aka a "Hoops"): "Not all ballet companies involve children in their productions, and New York City Ballet kind of prioritizes children. I think that’s cool. It makes you feel special, like sometimes it’s a confidence boost." - The New York Times

Pina Bausch’s The Rite Of Spring Has Spent Two Years Becoming An African Dance

For African dancers to perform it, said Senegalese choreographer, dance company founder and dancer Germaine Acogny, "felt absolutely right." - The New York Times

Cleveland Ballet CEO Resigns Under Controversy

The board had suspended Michael Krasnyansky and his wife, Artistic Director Gladisa Guadalupe, pending results of the investigation. - The Plain Dealer

Comedians Are Complaining About Cancel Culture. But Then, They Always Have

Social media “gives the impression that people are more irrational, humorless and overly sensitive than in the past,” but vintage letters to the editor contain “remarkably similar” sentiments. - The New York Times

The Jewish Foundations Of American Theatre

Though Jews had been an integral part of mainstream theater for decades — creating, presenting, teaching and consuming it — and had found in it the ultimate and most enduring expression of their artistry, seldom was the product Jewish on the surface. - The New York Times

Broadway’s Profitable Thanksgiving Week

With total attendance holding steady – and three fewer shows on the roster – the increase in receipts can be attributed to a 27% bump in average ticket price: $151, compared to the previous week’s $118. Overall, 90% of Broadway seats were filled during the holiday week. - Deadline

Many Of Chicago’s Minority-Led Small Theater Companies Are Growing — For Now

"Although the pandemic was devastating for all arts organizations, non-majority-run organizations received a lifeline (via) government funding. … These theater companies, many of them small storefront operations, were able to add staff and produce more work. The question is whether these groups will be able to sustain their momentum." - Crain's Chicago Business

Why Sondheim Is So Hard To Let Go Of

Ravishing individual songs may reassure us that no one is alone but, in the five decades since “Company” made his reputation, Mr. Sondheim had been creating group portraits of a crowded world where loneliness was an existential fact. - The New York Times

A Man Who Investigated The Crimes Of Ferdinand And Imelda Marcos Goes To The Broadway Musical About Them

"Having seen and enjoyed the show in New York, I now realize that I missed the obvious during my years in Manila. The Marcoses, the now-94-year-old Imelda in particular, had for years captured the affection and votes of ordinary Filipinos by entertaining them." - NPR

Tim Dorsey, Who Put Florida’s Weirdness Into Dark Comic Novels, Is Dead At 62

One of a trio (along with Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry) of erstwhile newspaper reporters who became famous for satirizing their home state in fiction, Dorsey wrote a series of novels about serial murderer Serge Storms, who came up with fiendishly inventive ways of dispatching deserving victims. - Tampa Bay Times

Marty Krofft, Co-Producer Of “H.R. Pufnstuf” And A Slew Of Other Children’s TV Shows, Is Dead At 86

"Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures became a household name in the 1970s, helping launch them into creating and producing family and kids shows for more than 50 years. Eventually, Marty Krofft would be referred to as the 'King of Saturday Mornings.'” - CNN

At 72 She Dreamed Of Being A Musician And Picked Up A Trombone. At 84 She’s Got A Career

Now 84, Noreen Davies has gigged throughout the West Midlands with groups exploring everything from the blues to vintage jazz and big band funk. No matter the tune, she has stayed true to her vision of bending the notes on the giant horn, twisting and wailing like a held string on an electric guitar....

Experimental Musician And Composer Catherine Christer Hennix Has Died At 75

Hennix "fused minimalist drones, mathematical logic and global spiritual traditions into an approach she called 'infinitary composition.'" - The New York Times

Why Is Joaquin Phoenix So Very Unhappy?

"The statement his acting seems to be making, more and more, is that the world is too dire, too mired in injustice — that there are too many people putting cream in their coffee — for him to allow any pleasure to seep into his acting." - Variety

Actor Sara Porkalob On Speaking Her Truth In Theatre

"In many ways, starting in college, I deliberately refrained from following the art that was made at those epicenters because I was really worried that as a young artist, if I consumed that much art, it would unconsciously determine how I made art." - San Francisco Chronicle

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Who Says We Can’t Write New Music In A Thoroughly Baroque Style?

"Nuova Pratica, a group of up-and-coming performer-composers who aim to re-open the book on Baroque composition, … reject the idea that what they do is mere pastiche. …(Their) music issues an unspoken challenge to the idea that everything in the musical language of the Baroque has already been said." - Early Music America

Chicago’s Arts Institutions Are Still Struggling Post-COVID

"A decline in subscription rates, shockingly higher costs, and donations that haven't kept pace with inflation have thrown some arts organizations off-balance and spiraled others into crisis. Museums, music and dance venues have bounced back faster. Theaters struggled, perhaps due to the expense and complexity of staging." - Crain's Chicago Business

A Man Who Investigated The Crimes Of Ferdinand And Imelda Marcos Goes To The Broadway Musical About Them

"Having seen and enjoyed the show in New York, I now realize that I missed the obvious during my years in Manila. The Marcoses, the now-94-year-old Imelda in particular, had for years captured the affection and votes of ordinary Filipinos by entertaining them." - NPR

Why Is This Artist Teaching A Robot Dog How To Paint?

Artist Agnieska Pilat isn't worried that Basia the robot dog might take her job. She "is a self-described techno-optimist who loves the robots: she even lives with Basia, and takes her for walks around her neighbourhood in New York City." - The Guardian (UK)

Irish Author Paul Lynch Wins The Booker For A ‘Soul-Shattering’ Novel

The book, Prophet Song, pictures a Dublin descended into fascist tyranny. - The Guardian (UK)

Remember When The UK Was Going To Return The Parthenon Marbles?

Greece remembers. But does Britain? And where exactly do the negotiations stand? - The Guardian (UK)

You’ll Never Guess Who Won The Streaming Wars

A Merry Scottish Christmas, anyone? - Wired

Spotify Quits Uruguay After Lawmakers Mandate Equitable Pay For Artists

Article 285 will put into copyright law the “right to a fair and equitable remuneration” for all “agreements entered into by authors, composers, performers, directors and screenwriters with respect to their faculty of public communication and making available to the public of phonograms and audiovisual recordings”. - The Guardian

How Mass Culture Gave Rebellion To The Individual

How did we get here, where men who benefit most from our social structures, position themselves as the little guy? This comes from a longer history of political shifts in America and of the rise of mass cultural consumption as a means of political expression. - 3 Quarks Daily

Redefining And Redeploying Expertise

The phenomenon is sped by automation, which usurps routine tasks, leaving employees to handle the nonroutine and unanticipated—and the continued advance of which throws the skills employers value into flux. It would be supremely ironic if the advance of the knowledge economy had the effect of devaluing knowledge. - The Atlantic

Athletes Are Reshaping Parts Of The Art Market

"Many sports figures are being courted by galleries, auction houses, art shows and museums." - The New York Times

Nora Roberts Has Been Laughing All The Way To The Bank

"Before Roberts, the romance genre was dominated by tepid and virginal women who were overpowered by brooding men. Roberts changed all that by thrusting romance into the modern era." - The New York Times
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