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That there is some Civilization with a capital "C":
NAPLES, Italy — One azure morning in December, Laura Cozzolino arrived at her corner cafe in central Naples and ordered her usual: a dense espresso, which arrived steaming hot on the dark marble counter. She lingered over the aroma, then knocked it back in two quick sips.
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"The last item on the long list of schools-not-to-go-to [art school] was recently highlighted by art critic Jerry Saltz, who called Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees 'straight-up highway robbery.' " Which, coincidentally, is exactly what my favorite teacher said to me way back when, when I was applying to grad school. And I went anyway. Which means: smart guy, that guy. Also: I'm a slow learner. But: evidently a whole lot of other people are too..."the real mystery—amid all this criticism—is that the number of M.F.A. graduates only seems to be rising."
Like many graduate degrees, a Master of Fine Arts carries rising costs and brings limited job prospects So why are more Americans pursuing one?
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“Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator; I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.” --Charlie Chaplin
Let's be clear: The Interview isn't a courageous act of defiance against a dictator.
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"From then onwards he realised that human life was not a movement from a backward past to a better future, as he had believed or half-believed when he shared the ideas of the radical intelligentsia. Instead, every human being stood at each moment on the edge of eternity"
Dostoyevsky's characters justify murder in the name of ideological beliefs - which make them as relevant today as they were in 19th Century Russia.
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Of course you will recognize Being: It looks just like Nothingness except that it wears a striped Thai-silk four-in-hand.
--Donald Hall

What you are to do with the everyday is an art problem.
--Bruce Nauman

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