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Friday, February 18, 2005

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Alan Riding shows how very uncool he is in his IHT piece. What is culture? It's opera houses and museums! Ergo, culture is struggling in Berlin. The Riding index (Operas+Museums=Culture), it should be noted, was very low in the Lower East Side in the 1980s, Fitzrovia in the 1930s and Greenwich Village in the 1920s. Maybe he's missing something? It takes him three of those idiotic IHT web pages before he considers that artists make art, not museums, and that Berlin has a shit-load of them because you can live in one of Europe's most strange and grand cities for the price of living in a po-dunk town in Belgium.