Hmm – what’re the Classical topoi for the exposure of babies?

I read an interesting catalog from an exhibition about the depiction of children and childhood in ancient Greek art a couple of years ago – Coming of Age in Ancient Greece, but I am not remembering if there was anything much about the exposure of unwanted infants. Somehow I always think of this as a male response – but read this article about women and men responding babies with facial abnormalities. Hmm.

The unintended consequences of giving art back to those from whom the Nazis stole it.

In 2006 the relatives of Dutch-Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker used the proceeds from the sales both privately and at auction of restituted art to pay off the millions of dollars worth of legal fees and expenses that had accumulated over the nine years it took to finalize their agreement with the Dutch government. As of April 2008, they had already sold two-thirds of the 200 Old Master paintings they reclaimed. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that the same number of paintings that hung in museums around the Netherlands prior to their restitution are still hanging in museums or public spaces today.


The families recovering the art are turning around and selling it.
Of course, they are entirely within their rights. After all, just because these paintings have been hanging in public collections for 60 years or so doesn’t been they belong to the public.

Sorry, Judge Sotomayor – Google makes it seem all so clear

Sotomayor belongs to an elite single-sex club.

“I do not believe that my membership in the Belizean Grove violates the Code of Judicial Conduct,” Sotomayor wrote. She told senators that the group involves men in some of its events and that she was unaware of any man who had tried to become a member.

Yeah. Try this from the first google hit, the group’s own website:

Having observed the power of the Bohemian Grove, a 130-year-old, elite old boys’ network of former Presidents, businessmen, military, musicians, academics, and non-profit leaders, and realizing that women didn’t have a similar organization, Susan Stautberg and 26 other founding members created the Belizean Grove, a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same.