8/23/2004 Add a comment

Do you think the robbers of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" thought too much about their plan beforehand? Unless they ransom it (a risky move in that they could easily get trapped) or trade it for other stolen goods from a black-market collector, they've pretty much got little chance to turn it into cash. My advice: keep it and put it on your wall as a constant reminder of your dark-heartedness.

It is pretty amazing that art museums have very little security to keep things like this from happening. At the British National Gallery, which I visited last weekend, there is so little security it's almost unbelievable. No entrance fee, just walk on in, a handful of plainclothes art monitors (who, if they are anything like the ones at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, spend most of their time checking out women), very few security cameras, no motion-sensors and nothing keeping one from touching the art, spitting on the art, or even walking away with the art.

This whole thing makes me want to see this movie again. William