Sotheby'sSotheby's2Sotheby's3With the auction house $1.2 billion in debt, and investors being advised to “get out” of Sotheby’s, operations are more and more Dadaesque.

“Dadaism is a stratagem by which the artist can impart to the citizen something of the inner unrest which prevents the artist himself from being lulled to sleep by custom and routine. By means of external stimuli, he can compensate for the citizen’s lack of inner urgency and vitality, and shake him into new life.” Udo Kukser, Dada-Almanch, 1920

In the case of Sotheby’s the “external stimuli” comes from borrowed pension fund money that will never be paid back, given the existing shareholder first business model. And the “new life” proposed by Dadaism is actually nothingness that comes from rebelling against life itself.

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TEFAFSpring3Park Avenue Armory through May 7.

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KingOfSwedenCarl XVI Gustof of Sweden (aka The King of Sweden), strolls on the Upper East Side today.

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One would hope that the current nuclear missile crisis is the beginning of the end, not for the world, but for the existence of nuclear weapons in the world.

Perhaps the only way to end the crisis, peacefully, is for the U.S. to take the lead in turning the entire world into a ‘nuclear weapons free zone.’ Reagan tried at Reykjavik but was thwarted by the establishment — the great destabilizers — whose true colors can be seen in efforts to hinder rather than encourage the reunification of North and South Korea.

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Wines-MaitreDeChaiFrom a recent tasting, two that got our attention: Maitre-de-Chai, Sonoma 2015 Carignon Poor Richard Vineyard and Bellwether, Finger Lakes 2014 Pinot Noir Sawmill Creek. Both are medium-bodied, single-varietal wines, with distinctive terroir.

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