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Waking Up to How We Sleepwalk

ONE AFTERNOON EARLY LAST FALL, Knud Jensen, the founder and director of Denmark’s Louisiana Museum, opened the gates of that institution to activists in the Danish and Scandinavian antinuclear movement. “I’m getting a certain amount of flak for this from people at other museums,” Jensen told me. Down below, about a hundred feet down the bluff and then beyond a swath of lawn and fringe of sand, the Oresund glistened in the late afternoon light—a calm blue sea strait, and, in the distance, Sweden. The museum’s wide lawn teemed with visitors in all kinds of attire, carrying banners and posters, gathering around booths, collecting literature, sampling pastries, and listening to poetry reading. One group, near the edge of a small grove, huddled about a folksinger; others meandered through the museum’s glass corridors, from one special exhibit to another. Everything was part of a calling out

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