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Dov Alfon
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"If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new." (Voltaire, "Candide", 1759)
"If we do not find anything pleasant, at least we shall find something new." (Voltaire, "Candide", 1759)

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 A non profit production company started by the journalist and editor Dov Alfon and the writer Etgar Keret, Storyvid aims to create “the literary equivalent of a music video.”

This week on The New Yorker website: Our first movie in our New York project, a short story specially written for us by Jonathan Safran Foer  and directed by Gur Bentwich (animation: Ofra Kobliner). 

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Year of the first article in The New York Times archives describing France as "a state in decline": 1852

Number of times the "decline" of France was described in The New York Times since then: 35,400

Date of the first appearance of the word "malaise" in a Roger Cohen's article about France: August 23, 1992

Number of articles about France in which Roger Cohen used the word "malaise" since then: 16

Percentage of articles about France by Roger Cohen including the word "problems": 76%

Percentage including "huge problems": 23%

Number of articles in The New York Times archive in which Roger Cohen predicted the downfall of France: 546

Number of times his prophecy was fulfilled: 0

#nytimes   #france  

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Year in which The New York Times first described France as "a state in decline":  1852

Number of times the "decline" of France was described in The New York Times since then:  35,400 

Date of the first appearance of the word "malaise" in a  Roger Cohen's article about France:  August 23, 1992 

Number of articles about France in which Roger Cohen used the word "malaise" since then: 16

Percentage of articles about France by Roger Cohen including the word "problems": 76%

Percentage including "huge problems": 23%

Number of articles in which Roger Cohen predicted the downfall of France in The New York Times archive: 546

Number of times his prophecy was fulfilled: 0

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My comments at the New America Foundation event are now online. Thanks again to my fellow panelists for a great evening!

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 Earth Rise!
 #lunar   #space   #nasa  #gif 
Gif courtesy NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Arizona State University.
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So, I'll be talking next Monday at The New America Foundation about the corrupting relationships among tycoons, generals, politicians and the media in Israel, with the very talented Lisa Goldman, the courageous daredevil  Uri Blau and the always interesting Karin Karlekar.

Out of the frame but very center to the portrait: casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, corrupted ex-prime minister Ehud Olmert, under-investigation general Gabi Ashkenazi, Hyper-theatrical Shin-Bet chief Yuval Diskin and the 20 families de-facto governing Israel. Come at your own risk, New America NYC, 199 Lafayette St, Monday, May 5, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:15pm

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Photographer Jamie Beck reinvents the gif format again, and this time it's about New York City: http://cinemagraphs.com/nyc/
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Today, we launched new partners content on the Cultural Institute site!
Explore new archives, digital exhibitions and even virtual tours of a group of partners at: www.google.com/culturalinstitute such as the +Computer History Museum's exhibition about The First 2000 Years of Computing http://goo.gl/UFva3x - shown below.
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Jacques Derrida, 1978. Happy Valentine Day! #love   #valentinesday  
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