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Topic - Stephen Johnson
It's not always easy to tell who's coming or going as the Obama administration starts its second term, but multiple agencies have quietly commissioned artists to paint official portraits of Cabinet secretaries and other top appointees — an expenditure often seen when officials are on the way out the door or already gone.
Sad songs, they say
"It's counterintuitive, but Johnson's story suggests that the desolation in Shostakovich's music, resonating with the desolation in their hearts, served to bolster the spirits of the Russian populace at the time. The premise postulated by Johnson and neuroscientist Raymond Tallis, who co-hosted the event, is the oft-repeated idea that music, by conferring a narrative structure to emotion, brings emotion closer to thought. 'There is something about seeing your own mood reflected that allows you to let go of that feeling,' says Johnson."
"I am the decision maker," Mr. Johnson said yesterday, meeting with reporters at Platt's Energy Podium newsmaker session, before the California waiver report surfaced.