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If life is enjoyed does it have to make sense?

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Das Virus ändert alles, aber es ändert sich nichts. Gerhard Richter: Painting After All. The environmental price of fast fashion. Sword-wielding scientists. Commuting: an opportunity for role transitions. Animal emotions. Cirque du Soleil. Michel Houellebecq. Igor Levit. Ariane Mnouchkine. And more.

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Human brain activity during memory. Is barbarism with a human face our fate? A reality check on big data. Is it worth the effort? Neuroscience needs new ideas. Insights into human genetic variation. A 3400 year old ballgame court. Julia Kristeva. Umberto Eco. Igor Levit. Jürgen Habermas. And more.

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The Avant-Gardists. The Russian Revolution in Art, 1917-1935

In The Avant-Gardists. The Russian Revolution in Art, 1917-1935 Sjeng Scheijen creates a vivid portrayal of a group of artists who revolutionised art, but who were eventually crushed by the system they initially embraced.

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Musée Marmottan-Monet

The Musée Marmottan-Monet is a small but wonderful museum in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, which houses the world's largest collection of works by Claude Monet.

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Merce Cunningham in words and images. The pace of modern culture. Karl Ove Knausgaard profiles Anselm Kiefer. Ant colonies. The long road to fairer algorithms. Marie NDiaye. How big law makes big money. Why fossil fuel produces subsidies matter. The decline of Hong Kong. And more.

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Brancusi

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A time to fast. Why the laws of physics are inevitable. Emotion semantics show both cultural variation and universal structure. Scale-free networks well done. What’s next for social priming? Roberto Saviano. Liu Cixin. Prehistoric art. Best of 2019. And more.

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The Best Books of 2019

The best books I read this year in various categories, from best aesthetics and philosophy of art to best science fiction, best poetry and most disappointing.

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Martin Scorsese on why Marvel movies aren’t cinema. Deep sleep. An interview with Nabokov. Who needs literature? The world in a song. Aesthetic judgment is autocorrelated. Insect decline. Religion and global psychological variation. AI. Generating new ideas. Moles. Dogs. Fairies. And more.

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Rembrandt-Velázquez: Dutch and Spanish Masters

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Rijksmuseum

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Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write a great scientific paper. Photos of mathematicians’ blackboards. Category Theory. Footnotes to Plato. Curation as creation. Language, AI and the brain. Natural Selection. An octopus changing colour while sleeping. The tragedy of Kashmir. And more.