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Letters to Michelangelo Repaint His Loner Image When you picture Michelangelo, does the image in your mind resemble Moses? Ben-Hur? In other words, Charlton Heston?

Why Can’t Americans Make Things? Two Words: Business School One of the themes that came up while I was profiling White House manufacturing czar Ron Bloom earlier this fall was managerial talent.

Redactor Agonistes The annual survey of salaries and attitudes of those who work in publishing made its somberer-than-ever appearance last July in Publishers Weekly.

Calling on Leakers to Help Document Local Misdeeds It was a simple idea: Use the power and elusiveness of the Internet to publish secret documents that someone, somewhere thought should be made public. And dare the government, any government, to shut you down.

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