Friday, August 30, 2013

On chronic illness - "To be sick in this way is to have the unpleasant feeling that you are impersonating yourself. When you're sick, the act of living is more act than living. Healthy people . . have the luxury of forgetting that our existence depends on a cascade of precise cellular interactions."

- Meghan O'Rourke, The New Yorker (August 26, 2013)

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Article on a man who donates forged art to museums - "[Mark Landis] thinks that he has given work to small museums that couldn't afford it, so that people who wouldn't usually encounter such pieces can see them and be broadened. This attitude accords with the earliest philosophies of American museums, which often presented facsimiles of European sculpture in the form of plaster casts. At one point, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston had the third-largest collection of plaster casts in the world." 'Initially, there wasn't the mission among our museums that you needed to have original works of art.'

- Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker (August 26, 2013)

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