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Peace Prize Follies - Jay Nordlinger

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Peace Prize Follies - Jay Nordlinger - The American Interest - The Nobel Peace Prize has a checkered history, to put it mildly. Here’s why.
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In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think

In Defense of Schlock Music: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
Big corny windswept sentimentality might just be the thing that pop does best.
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Norman Mailer's A Fire on the Moon: a giant leap for reportage

Norman Mailer's A Fire on the Moon: a giant leap for reportage | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
On the eve of the 45th anniversary of the first man on the moon, Geoff Dyer explains why Mailer's historic account, written with typical gusto and urgency, is an exemplar of the New Journalism
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The Art Hitler Hated

by Michael Kimmelman

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Lines stretched out the door as soon as the show Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937 opened at the Neue Galerie in New York in March. Seeing the exhibition, you can recover a sense of what was once radical and thrilling about pictures by Expressionists like Max Beckmann, George Grosz, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. A debased term, the avant-garde gets its jive back. Art matters again. The Nazis raised the stakes by stigmatizing modern art. As Genet once put it, fascism is theater. So modernism returns to its role as tragic hero in the show.
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Hello, Beethoven

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This new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) begins by taking us to the scene of his funeral. We ascend the stairs of the Schwarzspanierhaus, just outside the city walls of Vienna, and enter a candle-lit room, where we see Beethoven in his coffin, arms folded over the front of his body, a wax cross and large lily in his hands. Pallbearers solemnly close the coffin and carry it down the steps into a bright courtyard, where nine priests offer blessings and Italian court singers intone a funeral ode as soldiers restrain an immense crowd of admiring citizens.
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The empire of Alain de Botton - FT.com

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On a recent Thursday morning, I flew to Amsterdam to meet the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton. As I woke up and left the house, I couldn’t help noticing how much of the minute-by-minute experience of being alive that day had been described
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Trigger Warnings and the Novelist's Mind

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For writers, who cull material from what they read, any amount of guidance—including trigger warnings—could lead to dull conformity.
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Rise of the Shelfie

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Tackling 23 books by 11 authors, Phyllis Rose represents the rise of the “shelfie”—part criticism, part memoir.
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Famously damaged Rothko murals restored with light projection

Famously damaged Rothko murals restored with light projection | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
MIT Media Lab project has earned kudos from Rothko's son: "It's all still there."
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An Incomplete Rainbow

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America’s veneer of open-mindedness toward alternative sexualities is thin, brittle, and misleading.
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Linda Grant: 'I have killed my books'

Linda Grant: 'I have killed my books' | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
Books have always been Linda Grant's friends; they made her the writer she is. So why did she decide to murder her library?
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Descartes’s other side

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Many people think of René Descartes as a philosopher who persuaded himself that he was aware only of his own ideas, a dualist who thought experience did not require a body, and as a metaphysician deeply preoccupied with the topics of substance, causation and the nature of God. How this imaginary figure emerged from the anti-scholastic student of animals, snowflakes, crystals, mathematics, music and optics, the mind–body theorist and inventor of the impressive hypothesis of the celestial vortices distinctly recognized in the eighteenth century, remains something of a mystery. Meanwhile, the two books under review leave no doubt that there is more to say about Descartes and more to learn.

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Slang shows us how language is always changing

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Language! 500 Years of the Vulgar Tongue, by Jonathon Green, Atlantic, RRP£25, 432 pages Odd Job Man: Some Confessions of a Slang Lexicographer, by Jonathon Green, Jonathan Cape, RRP£17.99, 336 pages Simply English: An A to Z of Avoidable Errors, by
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LRB · T.J. Clark · The Urge to Strangle

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Crowds gather at the heart of Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, drawn to an artless home movie showing the master at work. He looks, and was, extremely unwell. Not even a rakish straw hat, part cowboy part Maurice Chevalier, can divest the scene of its pathos. There is a spot of time in the . . .
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LET'S REINVENT THE BOOKSHOP

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Bookshops are closing down like nobody’s business. So do they need rethinking for the electronic age? Rosanna de Lisle asks four firms of architects and designers to create the bookshop of their dreams

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How New World wine resurrects old religion

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Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter – no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still
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Nazis, French Porn, and Film Studies: Bernard Natan's Strange Saga

Nazis, French Porn, and Film Studies: Bernard Natan's Strange Saga | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
A forgotten pioneer of the French cinema—long written off as a crass swindler and brazen pornographer—is ready for his close-up.
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Paradise Found

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If John Cheever was the Chekhov of the suburbs, Paul Gauguin was the Cheever of the South Pacific. A nonconformist whose iconoclastic art would be used as a motif in the literary art of another artistic iconoclast (namely, Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus), the Parisian-born Gauguin gravitated to the South Pacific, most famously to Tahiti, where he lived during 1891-93, and again after 1895. He was fascinated by the primitive, and he desired to visit places he thought were unspoiled by civilization and Western culture. 
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Paris Review – Without ComPUNction, Ted Trautman

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Ted Trautman on competing at the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.
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Julian Hawthorne: The Life of a Prodigal Son

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If you're going to read about the life of a writer, it seems like common sense to choose a great writer. The bigger the achievement, the more it s...
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Take the ‘E’ Train

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Terry Teachout is a remarkable man of letters whose interest in the arts is multi-directed. Officially, he serves as drama critic for the Wall Street Journal and has reported on theater performances all over the country. He is also critic at large for Commentary, where he publishes a regular column covering the arts. He has shown his literary and biographical savvy in an excellent biography of H. L.
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This New York Times Writer’s Book on Genes, Race, and Culture Is Both Plausible and Preposterous

This New York Times Writer’s Book on Genes, Race, and Culture Is Both Plausible and Preposterous | Skylarking Bookmarks | Scoop.it
The paradox of racism is that at any given moment, the racism of the day seems reasonable and very possibly true, but the racism of the past always seems so ridiculous. I’ve been thinking about this recently after reading the new book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race, and Human History...
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Self Made by Ruth Graham

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In the early years of the 20th century, Florence Ripley Mastin called herself a poet, and then she made herself one.
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