Art & Media

About This Painting

Thieves usually steal what is valuable, but in this case, the theft provided the value.

Treasures of the Andes

Peter Yenne has spent the last decade and a half hunting silver treasure in the Andes Mountains, and when he strikes a rich deposit—often in some dusty attic corner or a dirty, disused shed—it’s pure gold.

Samizdat

Samizdat—a curious looking and sounding word to speakers of English, perhaps because it is a Russian portmanteau word derived from “sam,” meaning “self” or “by oneself,” and “izdat,” meaning “publishing house.” The term thus means “self publish” or “self-published.” It also was popular within the first real inter-office data network: the photocopier tied to a fax machine.