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art in the face of tragedy

As overly melodramatic as James Cameron’s Titanic was, I found one moment of it surprisingly moving: the string quartet playing on the deck of the doomed ship. The true story of Vedren Smajlovic, described at Digital Journalist (h/t: Brendan Kiley at The Stranger), has an element of personal bravery in a war zone—in addition to demonstrating the importance of art in the face of tragedy—that simply floors me.

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