Monthly Archives: January 2020

Goya on My Mind

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/dec/28/goya-paintings-many-not-work-of-spanish-master-studio-assistants She spoke of her “trepidation” about challenging attributions as Goya’s pictures change hands for millions of pounds: “If a picture turns out to be by an assistant, of course the value collapses. “Artists in the shadow of a great … Continue reading

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Roots

http://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/26/opinion/media-politics.html Do you want to predict how a certain region is going to vote in the 2020 presidential race? Discover who settled the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. If the settlers were from the East Anglia section of … Continue reading

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What’s “Up”?

Jack ran up the hill. Jack ran up the bill. Why can we also say “Jack ran the bill up” but not “Jack ran the hill up”? What does “up” add in the following: She’ll try to climb up your … Continue reading

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Musicianshift

http://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/19/arts/music/terry-riley.html “For me music is a daily practice that I try to deepen in the sense that I get to understand more about what music really is, and sometimes what I think it really is is the simplest elements — … Continue reading

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One-One-Twenty-Twenty

At nine PM on New Year’s Day 2020, it’s quiet in my neighborhood. Two earsplitting reports in quick succession rip the peace: POP-POP. A second or two of silence, then one more: POP. I recall an old cartoon in which … Continue reading

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Onboarding HNWI’s in Hacked States

http://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/opinion/jeff-bezos-phone-hack.html … Christopher Pierson… founded BlackCloak, a cybersecurity company for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals — executives, celebrities and billionaires. According to Mr. Pierson, few people take their digital lives as seriously as they should. “The majority of clients we onboard … Continue reading

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Saloon Spittoon

The bucal effluvia belched from limousine and lectern  drums the ear like the per- cussive splot of a hocked  louie slapping a saliva slick  in a saloon spittoon. (c) 2020 JMN

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