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In praise of first impressions

Visiting an art museum? What you don't know can help you, says a critic new to town.

By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / August 24, 2008

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Perhaps I am too susceptible. But I am always amazed, when traveling, at how much better looking the locals appear than the people back home. The illusion - and it is almost invariably an illusion - rarely lasts more than a few days. But there's no denying the phenomenon. It is, when all is said and done, one of the ... (Full article: 2078 words)

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