Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Beth Summers  March 9, 2010 at 11:50 AM EST

The London Eye; photo by Michael Spry
—The London Eye gives another ride this week; photo by Michael Spry via Flickr.

Ten years ago this week, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel opened in London. And while that record has since been claimed by the Singapore Flyer, the London Eye is still a highly popular tourist destination. Since its opening, more than 30 million people have taken in 360-degree views of the city.

Guardian architecture and design correspondent Jonathan Glancey calls it “as much a part of tourist London as Westminster Abbey, the Tower and Big Ben; a friendly curiosity, an urban eye-catcher, and an engineering wonder to compare with the Eiffel Tower.”

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The New York Times’ Motoko Rich looks at one of the many ways electronic publishing is putting pressure on the traditional book publishing business model. Citing the case of Charles Pellegrino’s “The Last Train From Hiroshima,” which Henry Holt & Company stopped selling last week because it alleges Pellegrino fabricated sections, Rich writes that publishers are often not asking “basic questions of authors, accepting their versions on almost blind faith.”

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The Harry Ransom Center library and museum at the University of Texas has acquired the archive of writer David Foster Wallace, who committed suicide in 2008 at age 46. The archive includes handwritten notes and drafts of essays and novels, including of “Infinite Jest,” perhaps Wallace’s best-known work, poems written as a child, his personal library and writings from college.

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Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed reminisces about the “milestone” opera, “Nixon in China,” which is undergoing a revival of sorts. The opera, neglected by major companies for two decades, will return to Long Beach, Calif., Vancouver and the Metropolitan Opera.