Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  December 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM EST

A visitor looks at 'The Woman Without Head' during De Kop van Jut Carnivale in The Hague. Photo by Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images

A visitor looks at ‘The Woman Without Head’ during De Kop van Jut Carnivale in The Hague. The three day festival also features attractions such as fire-eaters and the Insect museum. Photo by Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images

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The city of Methuen, Mass. is asking for $3,000 to restore a classroom attendance log kept by poet Robert Frost when he was a schoolteacher.

    A British landscape artist paid £3,000 (or $4,800) for a house on a cliffside that will soon collapse. He plans to capture the last sunrise from the house with video cameras, but until then is using it as a painting studio.

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    Science Fiction and Fantasy writer Ursula LeGuin has resigned from the Authors Guild after 40 years of membership because of its settlement with Google Books on their plan to digitize millions of works of literature. Meanwhile, for the first time ever, Amazon reported it sold more e-books than paper books on Christmas this year.

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    A scholar has a new theory about why Vincent Van Gogh mutilated his own ear. And Yale University claims that much more is at stake than the loss of their own Van Gogh painting if the institution loses an ownership lawsuit.