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My artistic contribution following the Charlie Hebdo massacre. #JeSuisCharlie BTW The image of the boy on the right was derived from Calvin & Hobbes. See the Gawker story of its origin. The fountain pen is a gorgeous Classic Pens LB2 Kimono Daichi (from Collectors Weekly). These Maki-e pens are hand-painted in Japan with a gold and lacquer process.   […]

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The media on both sides of the Atlantic have been feeding on two separate, but related issues: the building of a mosque right nearby Ground Zero (GZM) and the expulsion of “Roma” gypsies from France. At the core of both situations is a latent question of xenophobia. Both France and the US have a long history of immigration. Both countries’ future relies heavily on their ability to attract immigrants and, emphatically, to be able to cultivate diversity. Yet, where is the line to be drawn before the national threshold feels compromised? Thus, the common question posed in these two situations, for me, is how to remain open to diversity, yet retain a set of shared cultural values and a national identity. I believe that the way these two issues are resolved will speak volumes about how each country will manage its future.

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