“In sub-Saharan Africa, we like to find small operations where a little money can help them grow and expand,” Segal has said.
Gerson often describes the current era as the historic peak of Christian-Jewish friendship, and those bonds seem to be growing, with the friendship of at least two prominent Jewish families extended to Christian missionaries.
Worth your time:
The experienced art market reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Kelly Crow, writes about the hot contemporary art market and how it can chew up and spit out a young “it” artist. In this case Crow follows Nigerian artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby, whose pieces went from selling for $3,000 to selling for $3 million in the space of a few years. Prices for hot artists sometimes crash quickly, leaving young artists in professional ruins. As an aside, I like what I saw in the article of Akunyili Crosby’s work, and will try to see if any of her pieces are in New York museums or galleries.
This week I learned:
Back in 1912, American cuisine was making a splash in Paris, as The New York Times reported on “the lure of the Boston baked bean.”
A court case you might not know about:
It’s not a court case yet, but news broke that the Manhattan district attorney is investigating allegations against a group of professors at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice involving prostitution of students and drugs. (The New York Post first broke this story, but its article is very graphic.) John Jay is a well-known training ground for top law enforcement in New York. If these allegations prove to be true about a particular culture at John Jay, it becomes less surprising that New York Police Department officers can run a prostitution ring for years without being caught. That major scandal came to light last week, resulting in arrests of at least a dozen people, including many police officers.
Culture I am consuming:
The great Dolly Parton recorded a new version of her 1971 song, “Here I Am,” as a duet with another singer, Sia. It’s good stuff.
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