Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774
Early paintings by Eva Hesse chart a difficult period in her brief life
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SPEAKING VOLUMES It seems that every season or so, a new book appears about the great artist Eva Hesse, and with each volume, we learn something new about her and her artistic output. Many of these books have been produced by the inestimable Yale University Press, which would have pleased the late artist since the publishing company's standards, especially when...
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A researcher looks at how technology is transforming our sense of self
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Thirty years ago, author Sherry Turkle joined the MIT faculty to study computer culture. A psychoanalytically trained psychologist, she wanted to explore how machines were affecting our sense of self. Back then, she explains in her new book, Alone Together , the world still retained "a certain innocence" in the realm of computing and interactivity. Children's electronic toys...
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A professor passes sentence on syntax and other tricks of the trade
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Aside from Strunk and White's Elements of Style , I've never been much of a fan of books that say they can teach you to write. Elements , a modern classic, is, in reality, a superior and accessible book of grammar that can assist the already proficient to be that much better; but it could never on its...
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The ongoing quest to retrieve art looted by the Nazis
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Something extraordinary occurred recently in the long, ongoing battle to retrieve art looted from Jews by the Nazis.
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Author revisits one of the seminal moments in modern feminism
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Stephanie Coontz makes a point repeatedly in her new book, A Strange Stirring , a study of feminist Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking bestseller, The Feminine Mystique . Coontz reminds readers often that Friedan disliked Daniel Horowitz's biographical study of her, which appeared in 1998 and looked into Friedan's political background. Perhaps disliked is too tame a...
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