City as Canvas, the Portrait of an Era

Seeing “City as Canvas” at the Museum of the City of New York, which opened yesterday and is up through August 24, was an unexpectedly rewarding, and even moving, experience. Not so much because of the quality of the art, some of which I was disappointed by, but because the show is so clearly a …

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Normal Or Not?

Translators always need to be aware of the nature of the message they’re translating. This may seem obvious, but different kinds of statements are aiming for different relationships to their audience. For instance, we usually think of clarity as a value in writing, and translators will even “clean up” the language a bit to make …

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Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1

The opening of “Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1” on October 20 was fun, intriguing, and challenging. Curator Phong Bui has brought together works with breadth and depth, treating Hurricane Sandy both directly and obliquely. The most large-scale, eye-catching pieces were easy to find on the ground floor, such as an installation by the Bruce High Quality …

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