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Where industry met art: the V&A's legacy to American culture
What is a museum but a distillation of culture? The classical and indigenous arts that were long the cornerstones of well-respected permanent collections now compete with traveling retrospectives of Norman Rockwell, Matisse, and Picasso, while Star Wars, Armani, and Cartier exhibitions draw record crowds. Suburbanites in bright-white sneakers follow the same audio tours as black-clad artsy types. Museum cafés serve white-bean bruschetta and truffled tomato soup alongside good old-fashioned sweets and teas. A postcard hunt in the gift shop completes the experience.
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> > This land is broad-band
Almost since its inception, the Internet has been lauded as an equalizing force in the struggle between classes, the great democratizer, a voice for the voiceless. Cass Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn professor of jurisprudence in the Law School, is as optimistic as the next guy about the Internet's ability to change how we communicate. But he warns of a dark side to the equation-while the Internet may be the answer to our prayers as consumers, it could cripple us as citizens.
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> > Sex sells a second time
When Edward O. Laumann and Robert T. Michael published The Social Organization of Sexuality (Chicago) in 1994, they conducted about 100 interviews with the media. But they still weren't done talking about sex. As soon as their latest book, Sex, Love, and Health in America: Private Choices and Public Policies (Chicago), hit bookstores in January, the media came calling again. It's a familiar routine for the professorial pair.
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