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Is it art or is it student housing? A first-year student presents a sculpture on the Brown campus. In the background, people wildly applaud Shakespeare’s Othello. That’s college culture. The sculpture is by . . .


A few hundred students marched down the Barer Strasse to join others marching down the Schelling Strasse to protest tuition and the relatively-new European bachelor program; and to express solidarity with students occupying the Auditorium Maximum of the University of Vienna. › Continue reading…

A long shot of the space where Salvation will loop. The video screen is at the end. › Continue reading…

Four-day loop

Tara Rebele will make a screen recording of “Salvation.” The Querini Stampalia will loop the recording on the video screen you see in this photo. › Continue reading…

It means, “I don’t understand this, either.” Christopher A. Francese speaks out about Diploma Latin in the nytimesonline. I do recall quite clearly the commencement ceremony at which Howard Swearer, fifteenth president of Brown University, then recently arrived from a certain college in the Midwest where Latin is optional, read his commission out of a hat.Yes, he took off his velvet hat and stared into it, intoning painfully, “Auctoritate mihi commissa . . .” › Continue reading…

Top 10 Venice

What a convenient format! Finally, a guidebook that does not break the camel’s back. Love the photos, and the entries are useful and accurate. And I know Venice! For all these reasons, I will search out the Top 10 series’ book for the next city I’ll visit–a city I do not know at all–Hong Kong. › Continue reading…

Bonne anniversaire

I found out later that both events of that night—The Birthday Party and the Eiffel Tower on Bling—were anniversary celebrations. The Birthday Party, Harold Pinter’s first full-length play, debuted in 1959. The Eiffel Tower, which was supposed to be temporary, was unveiled 120 years ago. Neither of these things . . . went away.

I don’t know what to say, except that I am honored to have been present on this monumental occasion. I am in fact grateful to whoever organized this outing, because let’s face it, I would never have dreamed of one iota of this agenda myself, and it is important to do unexpected stuff, so that you do not develop some kind of ultra-snob Alzheimer’s, n’est-ce pas.

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