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TOWER OF BABEL, TOWER OF MUSIC

Spotify and Its Infinite Towers of Songs by Stephen Hazan Arnoff     In her song “Land,” rocker Patti Smith once sang: “At that Tower of Babel they knew what they were after.” I am not sure what she was after in saying those words, but I do know that...

FROM SPACE TO PLACE

On how we can’t stop turning the space around us into place. by Elissa Strauss               Given space, we create place. We just can’t help ourselves. The whole endeavor starts pretty broadly. We move to a city, space, and find a neighborhood, place. We...

LET US MAKE A NAME

The Tower of Babel and the heroic futility of all human endeavors by Ruby Namdar             Tower of Babel by Pieter Bruegel the Elder The story of the tower of Babel – an opaque, mysterious and highly idiosyncratic tale – is, somewhat surprisingly, one of...

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