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Noah Charney

Noah Charney, twenty-seven years old, holds degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and Cambridge University. He is the founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art (ARCA), the first international think tank on art crime. He divides his time between New Haven, Connecticut; Cambridge, England; and Rome, Italy.
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Noah Charney discusses the field of art crime, studying at Oxford university, and the truth in his novel "The Art Thief."

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Ars Ardor Forma Amor

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I have no patience for details--I want to grab the big ideas by the throat, and then I'll rush passed the "I' dotting and "T" crossing

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Nessundorma," Social Distortion's "Angel Wings," Dropkick Murphy's "Fields of Athenry," Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees," Sunny Day Real Estate's "In Circles"

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Wandering through Rome, alternating visits to favorite masterpieces in Roman churches with visits to favorite caffes, in a sort of "cappuccino and Caravaggio crawl."  I take a perhaps unholy degree of pleasure in visiting churches to look at the art inside, and the only thing that could be better than that is eating great food and drinking great coffee between visits.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. When I have my literary hat on, it's Margeurite Yourcenar's Hadrian. When I have my normal person hat on, it's Homer Simpson.

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