The Art of the Word

In today’s overwrought political climate, both in the U.S. and abroad, it sometimes seems as though our capacity for intelligent dialogue has disappeared. Mystified by this trend, we dedicate this issue to how we use language—to understand one another, to record history, and to define our spiritual faith. In our second section, we explore a Venetian island where fine lace is still made by hand; and, for your summer planning, offer a guide to the best craftsmanship schools and workshops.

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