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Laura Gascoigne: Institutional Racism – November 2020

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2020 In the introduction to his 1951 book The Greeks and the Irrational, the classicist E R 404 Not Found Dodds


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recalled a chance meeting in front of the Parthenon marbles with a young man who confessed: “This Greek stuff doesn’t move me one bit”.

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When Dodds asked him why, he replied: “Well, it’s all so terribly rational, if you […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Uncomfortable Truths – September 2020

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2020 Six weeks 404 Not Found ago, a Hampstead neighbour left


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a book on our doorstep. We have got used to acts of

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kindness from strangers; at the start of lockdown another neighbour posted a book of poetry through our door to cheer us up. My husband read it, and it did. But this book was different, as was its […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Desperately Loose Ends – July 2020

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2020 You’re a curator working at the V&A, and the place shuts down. What do you do? You’re at a loose end. April comes around and you’re stuck at home with your furloughed


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partner watching your gerbils spin around on the rolly

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wheel of 404 Not Found life when an idea strikes you. Why should your pets enjoy normality as […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Pox On All Our Galleries – May 2020

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2020 At the exit to Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition, the gift shop tills were barricaded


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behind an airport queue management system. “You’re preparing for an invasion,” I joshed 404 Not Found with a cashier as I emerged from the press view

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on 10 March. “We’re prepared for anything,” he replied. What they weren’t prepared for was nothing, which – […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Battle of the Sexes – March 2020

Laura Gascoigne March/April 2020 Large woman to much smaller man at a party:


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“I love the idea of there being two sexes, don’t you?” James Thurber was the Thucydides of the gender war, dissecting its battlegrounds, victories and reversals

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with his pen: the fight in the grocery, the battle on the stairs; the rout 404 Not Found where the men have the women […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Experience Economy – January 2019

Laura Gascoigne January/February


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2019 The buzz of anticipation in the COL Ballroom in Davenport Iowa is audible, the audience murmurating like a flock 404 Not Found of starlings; then the first twangs of an electric guitar tuning up, followed by a smoky

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voice: “I’m going to ask one question before we start: Are y’all experienced?” “Yeah!” roars the crowd, unleashing a 10-minute guitar […]

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Laura Gascoigne: The Gold Standard – November 2019

Laura Gascoigne November/December 2019 In October of last year, under the title ‘The Midas Touch’, Sotheby’s held a special sale of ‘objets de vertu’ made of gold. “In 404 Not Found a world that speaks 6,900 languages,” cooed the catalogue, “the language of


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gold remains universal”. To prove it, the auction house promised to take

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collectors “on a journey through the great civilisations […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Dirty Money and Plenty of It – September 2019

Laura Gascoigne September/October 2019 Among the many examples of the wit and wisdom of Sir Thomas Beecham is the story of the great conductor seeing a tombstone inscribed: “Here

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lies a great organist and 404 Not Found an excellent musician”
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and remarking in surprise: “What, both in the same grave?”  I was reminded of this when seeing Wafic Saïd, a contributor to Boris […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Redrawing Drawing – July 2019

Laura Gascoigne July/August 2019 It’s hard to


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know where to start with Ingres’s definition when nobody knows any

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more what probity means. And yet drawing is enjoying a resurgence. What is going on? When David 404 Not Found Hockney breezed into the Royal College from Bradford in 1959, he announced his arrival not with naïve etchings of naughty gay boys but with a […]

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Laura Gascoigne: Is Art (Finally) Toast? – May 2019

Laura Gascoigne May/June 2019 In


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2014 the Harvard-based science magazine Annals of Improbable Research presented its Ig Nobel prize for 404 Not Found neuroscience to a team of researchers from China and Canada who demonstrated that seeing

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the face of Christ in a slice of burnt toast is perfectly OK. (That year’s Ig Nobel prize for economics went to the Italian government for […]