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Afternoon Art Break

“A Lady Standing at a Virginal”
Johannes Vermeer (1670-1672)

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The world’s largest private Rembrandt collection goes on view at the Louvre

Good piece on the best movie of the year

Solar system that could support alien life discovered

Social media driving Americans insane

The mythic grandeur of old Hollywood is gone

What did Adam Smith really believe?

Dear GOP Congress,
Ignore the clown show in the White House and start passing reforms now. You probably won’t be in power for long.

Why the British tell better children’s stories

Squid communicate with a secret, skin-powered alphabet

Eiffel Tower to get €300 million facelift

The music of the Third Reich

For Ben Franklin’s birthday, his first piece of printing reappears

The music of meaning: how to listen to jazz

First synagogue in 500 years opens in Sicily 

The early life of Prince Edward VI 

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Afternoon Art Break

“Bauerngarten”
Gustav Klimt (1907)

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“The Window”
Edouard Vuillard

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The story of David Bowie’s unfinished musical

Stolen Guercino altarpiece worth $6 million found in Morocco

How a young Antonin Scalia shaped Canada’s spy agencies

Lady Jane Grey — a quintessential Tudor

Obscure Gustav Klimt masterpiece will lead Sotheby’s London auction

The President isn’t the hero of the American story

The flaw in the Right’s media hate

The art of living and writing freely can save us from ourselves

Literature-loving writers can now work in Mark Twain’s library

We deserve a better press, and a better president, too. If you are the sort of partisan who cannot entertain the possibility that both of these things may be true at the same time, then you ought to consider the possibility that you are one of the reasons why we do not have a better press or a better president.”

“Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died recently at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.”

How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease

Will the Crac des Chevaliers survive the Syrian Civil War?

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“Guitar on a Table”
Juan Gris (1915)

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Abolish Presidents’ Day

Adding to my Netflix queue

Tom Nichols’ book is finally out. Can’t wait to read it.

Catch a star exploding in action in 2022

Centuries of New York history prepare for a move

I love this dog. So gorgeous.

It’s sad that this is necessary. There was a time when parents took their little shitheads home if they weren’t behaving. It was called common courtesy.

Fear not, America. The system IS working.

What mirrors tell us about animal minds

Italy’s art police

The beauty of books

“Unless your argument is honest, principled, and consistently applicable to both sides, you’re just being tribal.

St Mark’s Basilica is scaffold-free for first time in 20 years

Was Nazi art really that bad?

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