Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
A tribute to 40 years of artistry at the Met
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SPEAKING VOLUMES The Hal Leonard Corporation, which is known for making lovely books about musical matters and releasing them under its various imprints, has outdone itself with its salute to James Levine's 40th anniversary at the Metropolitan Opera. (In this case, the imprint is Amadeus Press and the book is, not surprisingly, titled James Levine: 40 Years at the Metropolitan...
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Early paintings by Eva Hesse chart a difficult period in her brief life
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SPEAKING VOLUMES It seems that every season or so, a new book appears about the great artist Eva Hesse, and with each volume, we learn something new about her and her artistic output. Many of these books have been produced by the inestimable Yale University Press, which would have pleased the late artist since the publishing company's standards, especially when...
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A researcher looks at how technology is transforming our sense of self
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Thirty years ago, author Sherry Turkle joined the MIT faculty to study computer culture. A psychoanalytically trained psychologist, she wanted to explore how machines were affecting our sense of self. Back then, she explains in her new book, Alone Together , the world still retained "a certain innocence" in the realm of computing and interactivity. Children's electronic toys...
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A professor passes sentence on syntax and other tricks of the trade
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Aside from Strunk and White's Elements of Style , I've never been much of a fan of books that say they can teach you to write. Elements , a modern classic, is, in reality, a superior and accessible book of grammar that can assist the already proficient to be that much better; but it could never on its...
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The ongoing quest to retrieve art looted by the Nazis
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Something extraordinary occurred recently in the long, ongoing battle to retrieve art looted from Jews by the Nazis.
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