Robin Cook

January 16, 2014

The Public Detective: Sherlock Holmes Copyright Expires

A recent ruling by a federal judge in Chicago has apparently ushered Sherlock Holmes into the public domain. But, so as to dispense with the obligatory pun right away, all is not as elementary as it seems. The situation is complex because later Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories are still […]
January 1, 2014
Nelson Mandela

Mandela’s Gift: South Africa,Vacation Destination

The death of Nelson Mandela at age 95 is one of those profound moments at which point we take a sort of grand cultural, historical, and social inventory of all the good in the world. People in South Africa are busy celebrating his outsized life, moral grandeur, and enduring legacy. […]
December 24, 2013
Ori Allon

Outside the Comfort Zone: Urban Compass’ Ori Allon

The serial entrepreneur is a restless animal. He or she moves from one investment to the next, never satisfied with seeing a single seedling ripen into sustainable profitability. The challenge is personal, but it’s also about creating impact in the entire ecosystem. Take the Twitter success story, with its many […]
December 17, 2013
Doha City Center

The High Price of Bacon in Qatar: Art and Freedom

Reported as the most expensive artwork sold at auction, Francis Bacon’s 1969 triptych, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” sold for a record $142.4 million at Christie’s in New York on November 12th. A few immediate questions come to mind, some more pressing than others. Why would someone pay such an […]