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May 22, 2015 kvrijmoet commented on Why You Still Can’t See the 20-Foot-Long Mural from the OK Hotel Bar After 14 Years.
In April, Senator Leahy introduced a bill to change the tax code. http://katevrijmoet.com/blog/time-rally-…
Feb 26, 2013 kvrijmoet commented on The Jobs Where the Pay Gap Between Men and Women Is the Widest.
If you look at the list of the 15 top paid artists, only one is a woman...I think the gender disparity in pay in art could be worse than the charts here: Damien Hirst – 1 Billion USD
Jeff Koons – 500 Million USD
Jasper Johns – 300 Million USD
David Choe – 200 Million USD
Andre Vicari – 142 Million USD
Takashi Murakami – 100 Million USD
Anish Kapoor – 85 Million USD
Antony Gormley – 50 Million USD
Gerhard Richter – 40 Million USD
David Hockney – 40 Million USD
Cindy Sherman – 35 Million USD
Richard Prince – 30 Million USD
Andreas Gursky – 30 Million USD
Chuck Close – 25 Million USD
Georg Baselitz – 25 Million USD
Feb 20, 2013 kvrijmoet commented on Charles Krafft Is a White Nationalist Who Believes the Holocaust Is a Deliberately Exaggerated Myth.
Jen, I greatly appreciated the research and responses to this Krafft piece. If you do a follow-up you may find this useful. For my own work I'm currently reading The Naked Brain: How the Emerging Neurosociety Is Changing How We Live, Work, and Love by Richard Restak, M.D. and found this on p. 78-9:
""Warning people about false information also tends to make it more familiar later on," according to Ian Skurnik, one of the authors of a paper in the Journal of Consumer Research entitled "How Warnings About False Claims Become Recommendations." "People may correctly remember teh information as false immediately after the warning. But as time passes, if people can't remember the details of the warning but still remember the core piece of information, they will tend to think of it as true."
Could a similar dynamic prevail when it comes to historical events? If so, repeating untruths often enough will increase the likelihood that some people will believe them. An intuitive understanding of the power of this illusion-of-truth effect accounts, I believe, for the vigorous opposition from all parts of the world toward Holocaust denials. In many countries in Europe it's a crive to state publicly that the Holocaut never took place. Why such an extreme response to a patently preposterous claim, a claim that can be refuted by countless sources? Because the cumulative effect of repeated denials coud conceivably lead to a "memory illusion." Our brain is organized in such a way that assertions, if repeated often enough, ten eventually to be accepted as facts. What is the basis for this so-called frequency-validity effect?"
Apr 14, 2011 kvrijmoet commented on There Is a There There.
Oh my, I hope I can go. I laughed so hard at this:
The rich are far from common
And the brilliant likewise few
And the number you'll notice is further reduced
When they step side-by-side into view.

And what a brilliant thing to ponder:
There is no difference between pasts—
Between mine, let's say, and Noah's—
Of whose years I've heard.

Thank you for introducing me to Shmuel HaNagid. WHEN are you doing a reading? How about interspersing your poems with his? .... hmmm.
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Nov 20, 2010 kvrijmoet commented on The New Rich.
I'd say this review is pretty spot on with the food and the ambiance. What's nice is going to a restaurant and having waiters in tune with the rhythm of the table...knowing when to stay out of the way, knowing when to pour the wine (oh! my glass is full again! how did that happen?) knowing when to take your order and in which order to ask around the table. I've been 3 times. And the wine is....well, try it. It's art.