Yes, the router still hates us, my car is flashing the "Check Engine" light at me--in spite of being serviced for just that problem two weeks ago, and I found a FIFTH set of stitches on the poor dog. Actually, I think it's rather efficient getting so many bits of nastiness at one time. All of these things should be tidied away in a few days and none are totally dire. And best of all, the husband comes home today! Between you and me, I cannot WAIT. (BTW, my router troubles mean I've had extremely limited internet service, so I am barely keeping up just with posting entries right now. I have SO appreciated the comments and the lovely e-mails! Many thanks.)
Yesterday I finally got around to watching "The Rape of Europa", and if you haven't seen it, DO. It's available on DVD and my PBS station has been airing it. It is a documentary film, based on the book of the same name by Lynn H. Nicholas, about the Nazi looting of European art treasures during WWII. It is extremely informative without being the least bit dry. I was riveted from start to finish, and I have to say, I found it very moving. If war is humanity at our worst, then surely art is us at our best, and it seems a triumph that so many of the looted pieces have found their way back to their rightful owners.
Many of the masterpieces are STILL missing, possibly destroyed, possibly circulating in the underworld, and if you are intrigued by the lost works, be sure to grab a copy of Simon Houpt's Museum of the Missing. My copy is an ARC, so the plates are B&W, but even without color plates, it's a fascinating book. Houpt makes the argument that the most splendid and compelling museum in the world is that which comprises the pieces which are missing, some taken during museum heists, some looted during times of war. He touches on everything from the Isabella Stewart Gardner theft to Napoleon's rampage across Europe and the looting of the Baghdad museums during the Iraqi invasion. (And this book coupled with Nicholas' book and a copy of the DVD would make a fabulous holiday gift for anyone interested in art...)