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On November 16th, 2014 the seminal performance artist Marina Abramović and Hans Ulrich Obrist, one of the world’s most influential critics and curators, sat down at McNally Jackson to celebrate the publication of Obrist’s book, Ways of Curating. They discussed the rituals of creativity, night trains, Da Vinci’s sleep cycle, and much, much more.
Before the flight I was invited for lunch at a London club with a billionaire I’d been promised had liberal credentials. He talked in his open-necked shirt about the new software he was developing, that could help organisations identify the employees most likely to rob and betray them in the future.
We were about to meet Gore Vidal, renowned for his acerbic wit and cutting remarks about those who didn’t measure up to his exacting standards. Having watched him on television mete out discipline to the likes of William F. Buckley and Norman Mailer, I preferred not to imagine the mincemeat he might make of an American couple in Rome for a year with their six-month-old son.