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Can Art Be Universal?

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almost 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea?  If you’re a serious 16 year old, as I was, the greatness and universality of whatever music you happen to love most (in my case, back then, the album Disintegration , by the Cure) is an article of faith, as is the total lameness of the music that doesn’t speak to you at all ...

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Where have all the Children Gone?

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almost 2 years ago

American citizens adopted 13,407 fewer international children in 2011 than they did in 2004 – a 60% decline from that peak year. The biggest decrease has come from the adoption of girls – the ratio of boys to girls has gone from 0.54 to 0.79 – and children under the age of one who now represent ...