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Thursday December 30th 2010

Art in Qatar
New York theatre
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The history of banking
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Charles Dickens
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The future of music
Apple v Google
The future of English
Online cartoons
Pease porridge hot
A web cartoonist finds success in the material world More »
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The Q&A: David Means, author
"I find the middle classes kind of boring. The middle class has kind of been beaten like a dead horse by fictional writers" More »
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Under the skin
Love it or hate it, rice pudding responds to careful cooking. Simon Hopkinson shows how More »
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An unexpected holiday
Anthony Gardner enjoys his days as a stranded air traveller More »
What we're reading
Why are George W. Bush's book sales so great?
"Decision Points" has already sold more than 2m since it went on sale in November. That's almost as much as Bill Clinton's book has sold since it was released six years ago
Identity politics at the museum
(New York Times)
Two new exhibitions (including one about Muslim science at the New York Hall of Science in Queens) have Edward Rothstein complaining that "the identity exhibition has reached new lows"
The Liszt legacy
Stephen Hough pays tribute to Franz Liszt,  a virtuoso who invented the concept of the pianist as star 
Today's quote
"[T]he danger of social media becoming the point of social media—connection for connection's sake, connection to no end—is one museum's need to particularly guard against. Reducing the museum experience to more apps providing more data is just as laughable as reducing the experience of going to church down to parishioners tweeting: 'At church, pastor just mentioned loaves and fishes, anyone have some sushi recs for later?'"
~ Arianna Huffington, "​Museums 2.0: What Happens When Great Art Meets New Media?​" (​Huffington Post
Research on attraction
Isn't this called playing hard to get?
New research about romantic attraction confirms what mothers have been saying for generations: don't give it all away More »
Christian theme parks
Noah problem
Can a faith park enjoy state tax incentives? More »
The history of manuscripts
Illuminating a dark age
To grasp an important chapter in the story of writing, look to western, and then eastern, Christianity More »
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