Culture: New York Times Magazine – March 5, 2023


The New York Times Magazine – March 5, 2023:

‘Nobody Wants to Be the World’s Villain’

Inside the Louisville Police Department, where officers are reckoning with what it means to be a cop in a city that doesn’t trust them.

This Revolutionary Stroke Treatment Will Save Millions of Lives. Eventually.

An endovascular thrombectomy, or EVT, being performed at Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, Alberta.

A procedure called EVT is creating radically better outcomes for patients, but only when it’s performed quickly enough — and that requires the transformation of an entire system of care.

CreditNatalia Neuhaus for The New York Times

360° City Views: Jerusalem

JerusalemHebrew Yerushalayim, Arabic Bayt al-Muqaddas or Al-Quds, ancient city of the Middle East that since 1967 has been wholly under the rule of the State of Israel.

Long an object of veneration and conflict, the holy city of Jerusalem has been governed, both as a provincial town and a national capital, by an extended series of dynasties and states. In the early 20th century the city, along with all of historic Palestine, became the focus of the competing national aspirations of Zionists and Palestinian Arabs. This struggle often erupted in violence. The United Nations (UN) attempted to declare the city a corpus separatum (Latin: “separate entity”)—and, thus, avert further conflict—but the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948, left Jerusalem divided into Israeli (west Jerusalem) and Jordanian (East Jerusalem) sectors. The following year Israel declared the city its capital. 

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Reviews: ‘The Week In Art’

March 3, 2023: as the Art Dubai fair opens, The Art Newspaper’s acting digital editor Aimee Dawson tells us about this latest edition, its ongoing commitment to displaying the art of the global south and its continued focus on digital art.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York opens the largest media exhibition it has ever staged, Signals: How Video Transformed the World on 5 March. It looks at how artists around the globe have used video as a networked technology capable of reaching huge audiences but also how they have employed video to reflect on or engage in activism and urgent political developments.

We talk to the show’s curators, Stuart Comer and Michelle Kuo. And this episode’s Work of the Week is a coffee pot and milk jug from 1960 by Lucie Rie, the great modernist potter. Eliza Spindel, co-curator of the exhibition Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, UK, tells us about these objects and Rie’s life and work.Art Dubai until 5 March.Signals: How Video Transformed the World, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 5 March-8 July.Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, 4 March-25 June. 

Art/Interior Design: Tour Of Charleston House, UK

House & Garden (March 3, 2023) – Houses with History from Charleston House. Join Lucy Hammond Giles, Associate Director at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler, as we tour Charleston House, once home to artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.

Vanessa and Duncan saw no particular distinction between art and interior design, and treated the house as a canvas, painting practically every wall and piece of furniture in their own distinctive styles. As a result, the house is not only a significant piece of art history, but a landmark in the history of interior decoration.

Charleston, in East Sussex, is a property associated with the Bloomsbury group, that is open to the public. It was the country home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and is an example of their decorative style within a domestic context, representing the fruition of more than sixty years of artistic creativity.

Research Preview: Science Magazine – March 3, 2023


Science Magazine – March 3, 2023 issue: The substantial grapevine diversity in the world, showcased here by the vigorous ‘Saperavi’ variety in the Kakheti region of Georgia, reveals secrets about human agricultural history. A genomic survey uncovers two concurrent domestication origins of this essential vine. It also shows how Western Asian table grapes diversified along human migration trails into muscat and unique western wine grapes. 

Ancient DNA upends European prehistory

Genes reveal striking diversity within similar ice age cultures

Hundred million years of landscape dynamics from catchment to global scale

Our capability to reconstruct past landscapes and the processes that shape them underpins our understanding of paleo-Earth. We take advantage of a global-scale landscape evolution model assimilating paleoelevation and paleoclimate reconstructions over the past 100 million years.

News: Olaf Scholz Meets With Biden, China’s ‘Two Sessions’, Arctic Security

March 3, 2023: Olaf Scholz and Joe Biden meet at the White House. Plus: what to expect from China’s annual session of parliament, the effect of the war in Ukraine on Arctic security and Andrew’s Mueller’s What We Learned

Front Page: The New York Times – March 3, 2023


In First Wartime Meeting, Blinken Confronts His Russian Counterpart

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said he told Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, that Moscow must end its war against Ukraine and return to a nuclear arms control treaty.

Alex Murdaugh Convicted of Murdering Wife and Son

Alex Murdaugh was found guilty on Thursday of murdering his wife, Maggie, 52, and their younger son, Paul, 22, on the family’s rural estate.

The verdict came less than three hours after jurors began deliberating. It followed a six-week trial that served as a reckoning for Mr. Murdaugh, a lawyer whose life unraveled in recent years.

Canadians Fume as Migrants Surge at Their Border

A surge in illegal crossings from the United States has led to calls to shut down a rural road on the Canadian border.

Oklahoma Wants to Be the ‘Next Texas.’ Imagine That.

Long in booming Texas’ shadow, Oklahoma has been trying to make itself an appealing place to move — if people would just give it a try.