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Kostrovitskaya’s career as a plasterer

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In these days when artists are insulted by the idea of having to retrain as something else, let’s take a moment to remember Vera Kostrovitskaya, famous pedagogue—and plasterer, restorer of Leningrad after World War 2. Continue reading

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RIP John O’Brien

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RIP John O’Brien, dear friend and wonderful teacher, to whom I owe everything as a pianist in ballet, died yesterday, 11th May 2019. Continue reading

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Say IT with flowers

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I rather liked the effect of having random flowers on this otherwise rather stark page, so here comes the hollyhock. I wonder how many people that bought posters of Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers knew how she felt about her subject: “I … Continue reading

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Call yourself a philosopher?

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From the terrific Metafilter comes a link to the Battleground God quiz on The Philosphers Magazine, in which you argue with the server about the existence and nature of God in 17 questions. Contradict yourself in your answers, and you … Continue reading Continue reading

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Sweet Peas Are Made of This

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If, like me, you haven’t had a garden of your own until very recently, you’ll understand why I had to rush out and take a picture of my very fragrant and flourishing sweet peas. It’s also compensation for the fact … Continue reading Continue reading

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Mark Morris blogs for a week

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Just came across this – Mark Morris By Mark Morris – which is one in a series of weeklong diaries of the great and the good hosted by MSN, called ‘Slate’. Morris’s was in 2000, but it’s a good read: … Continue reading Continue reading

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