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December, 2010

Our Julian: Restoring our distrust in institutions

If you’re still tabulating the pros and cons of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, flip over to Jack Shafer‘s article, “Why I Love Wikileaks: For restoring distrust in our most important institutions.” The headline pretty much tells the story. Shafer is Slate’s estimable and original media critic; his follow-up is: “Julian Assange’s Great Luck: Why his […]


Show and Tell: Taryn Simon’s secret America

I want to show you three pictures from an exhibition called An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, by Taryn Simon. They were selected by the photographer, who also wrote the accompanying text. One might even say the text comes with illustrations. + + + Imagine what kind of picture this is describing: Nuclear […]


Bach’s last will and testament

‘In 1818, well before Bach’s Mass in B Minor was given its first complete performance, the Swiss music historian and publisher, Hans Nägeli, described it as “the greatest work of music for all ages and of all peoples.” This was an incredible assertion at a time when Mozart’s works had already become a permanent feature […]