Friday, February 22, 2008

Arranged’ Marriage, Co-Residence And Female Schooling, India

Arranged’ Marriage, Co-Residence and Female Schooling: A Model with Evidence from India
Issued February 13, 2008
Institute for the Study of Labor
We model the consequences of parental control over choice of wives for sons, for parental incentives to educate daughters, when the marriage market exhibits competitive dowry payments and altruistic but paternalistic parents benefit from having married sons live with them. By choosing uneducated brides, some parents can prevent costly household partition. Paternalistic self-interest consequently generates low levels of female schooling in the steady state equilibrium. State payments to parents for educating daughters fail to raise female schooling levels. Policies (such as housing subsidies) that promote nuclear families, interventions against early marriages, and state support to couples who marry against parental wishes, are however all likely to improve female schooling. We offer evidence from India consistent with our theoretical analysis.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Arts of Kissing

The Art of Kissing (revised 2005). "Get it and expand your puckering portfolio." --Seventeen. This book contains a whole section (36 pages) on the french kiss. If I was buying only one book on kissing, it would be The Art of Kissing. It was the first book I wrote (in 1991), it was totally revised and brought up-to-date in 1995 and again in 2005, and you won't be disappointed. If you're a visual person, you'll be delighted to learn that we just made the book into a 90-minute DVD, which will actually show you all the kisses.

The Birth Order Book of Love: How the #1 Personality Predictor Can Help You Find The One. The first book to present a comprehensive examination of romantic compatibility. Based on groundbreaking sibling research, this book will help you find out who you should be kissing. (Forthcoming 2008.)

The Art of Kissing Book of Questions and Answers. This book contains a whole chapter (28 pages) on the french kiss.

Kiss Like a Star: Smooching Secrets from the Silver Screen. This book will teach you to kiss like a movie star.

The Book of Kisses, quotations about kissing from the likes of Kevin Costner, Madonna, and 500 others.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Kiss in Culture: The Artists

Rodin's The Kiss (1901-14)

Masterpieces from the Tate Collection, including Rodin’s The Kiss (1901-14), Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1880-1), Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937) and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Diptych (1962), will come to Liverpool, some for the first time, as part of a major rehang of the Collection at Tate Liverpool sponsored by DLA Piper. The new displays, over three floors of the gallery, have been arranged to celebrate Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008.

A key feature of the new displays will be a special focus on the work of two celebrated British artists: Bridget Riley and Stanley Spencer, including some of their best-known works.
Tate holds the national collection of modern and contemporary art; DLA Piper Series: The Twentieth Century offers visitors to Tate Liverpool the opportunity to see more of the Tate Collection than ever before. Presenting important historic, modern and contemporary works, the displays will explore the history of the past one hundred years of art in a radical new way, by offering a parallel history of abstract and figurative art. DLA Piper Series: The Twentieth Century will include a rich variety of approaches to representational and non-representational art, highlighting key moments and developments, as well as continuities through the 20th and into the 21st century. The displays will follow a chronological framework, but will accommodate some ‘moments’ that juxtapose artists from across the history of Modern and contemporary art.
The first and second floors will be divided thematically: on the first floor a series of titled rooms will look at the various manifestations of representational art and the continuation of figuration within Modern and contemporary art, while the second floor will trace the journey towards abstraction, and examine the complexity and diversity of abstract art. This opposition, one of the most familiar and widespread of approaches to Modern art, is given a more complex reading through these displays, showing that, throughout the history of Modernism, the one responds to, or is informed by, the other.

Among the works included in the displays will be masterpieces by Whistler, Degas, Bonnard, Picasso, Matisse, Brancusi, Modigliani, Kirchner, Mondrian, Spencer, Magritte, Ernst, Moore, Pollock, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Judd, Stella, Kelly, Oiticica, Boetti, Nauman, Riley, Hatoum, Whiteread and others.