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Read This Blog for Your Sanity: Soon-to-be Postie Maura Judkis writes on TBD about three new studies about the effects of arts consumption on men, the elderly, and the depressed. The first study, commissioned in Norway, found that “cultured men who go to museums, ballet and theater are happier than their philistine counterparts.” A Missouri study found that “art therapy can make a difference in reducing the passivity of dementia patients.” And the third survey, conducted in London, says that “looking at art stimulates the same parts of our brain that are active when we fall in love.” Finally, scientific proof that doing what Arts Desk tells you to is good for your mental health!
Ron Charles vs. the Robots: Heading up WaPo Book World today is Ron Charles’ disappointed review of Robopocalpyse, the second novel by Daniel H. Wilson, a scientific satirist who actually holds a Ph.D. in advanced robotics. Wilson’s literary corpus, however, suggests he is putting that knowledge to work by aiming to do for robots what Max Brooks did for zombies—his first book was 2005’s non-fiction How to Survive a Robot Uprising. But Robopocalypse, Charles writes, “sounds like a jalopy clanked together from spare parts of The Terminator, Logan’s Run, Westworld, Maximum Overdrive and Independence Day.” And the Village People save the world. Sounds bad. The Steven Spielberg-directed adaptation is due out in 2013.
It’s Not the Department of Justice. It’s HBO: Attorney General Eric Holder spent yesterday afternoon at a seminar on preventing child exploitation, with celebrity cred from Wendell Pierce, Sonja Sohn, and Jim True-Frost—I mean Bunk, Kima, and Prez. At the end of his serious remarks on the topic at hand, Holder used his guests’ presence to implore David Simon and Ed Burns to get their heads out of the Bayou and give us more Baltimore stories. “Do another season of The Wire,” Reuters reported Holder saying. “If you don’t do a season, do a movie. We’ve done HBO movies, this is a series that deserves a movie. I want another season or I want a movie. I have a lot of power Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon.”
Coming Up on Arts Desk: Grousing ahead of the Kennedy Center-Washington National Opera merger; the Hill Country Barbecue Concert Series; a thorough guide to every cover The Dismemberment Plan dropped into “OK Joke’s Over” during the reunion tour.