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About This Painting

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

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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.