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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 28, 2011


More Is Less

FEATURED THIS WEEK : FRED A. BERNSTEIN

More Is Less

New York City officials have to decide to stop the demolition of a small, brick house, in the East Village. The Federal style house, which has stood at 35 Cooper Square since 1825, is scheduled to be replaced with a new building. Preservationists, under the gun, have been combing through records of the building’s past to build the case for saving it — as an important artifact of nineteenth century Manhattan.
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ALAN THOMAS

Calcutta: Bookland

An election is coming in April, and the hammer and sickle is everywhere in Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, a city established by the East India Company and once capital of the British Raj. The Maoist insurgency controls large parts of the countryside just to the west of the city. At the Kolkata Book Fair last month, I find Mao less in evidence than Che, whose iconic image adorns several publishers’ displays, including the Latin American pavilion.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 03.27.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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ROBERT PINSKY

"ABC"

Any body can die, evidently...
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 03.20.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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JAMES BIBER

Pictures of Pictures

Stand back. Take in the whole picture. A bit further...
Don’t worry about the caption; the title, the date, the artist, just soak in the image. Create a critical distance to allow the surface of the painting to dissolve. Have a seat, spend some time with the painting.
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PHIL PATTON

Just My Typewriter

When it was new, 50 years ago, the Selectric was a technological tour de force. The idea of an electric typewriter had been around for a long time, but the birth was difficult. Neither Remington nor Underwood nor any of the mainstream typewriter companies brought it into the world; instead, it was IBM, which was better known in those pre-computer days for calculators and card sorters — and only after decades of effort.
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JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 03.13.11

Welcome to Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities set aside for your perusal and enlightenment.
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"ABC"

A poem by Robert Pinsky.
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