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NPR Guy Wins Twitter, Post Declares: The best Twitter user, hands down, is NPR social-media strategist Andy Carvin, whom The Washington Post's Paul Farhi profiles to lead off today's Style section. Carvin tweets, a lot, using his speedy iPhone typing to turn himself into NPR's in-house expert on the Middle East. Where is Carvin tweeting from? "His tweets come from wherever he is," Farhi writes. Which, depending on which part of the profile you're reading, could be the roof deck of NPR's headquarters, the bathroom at Zaytinya, a Duran Duran concert at South By Southwest, or a 4-year-old's birthday party in Baltimore. Oh, he's been to Egypt and Tunisia, but not since 2005. That hasn't limited Carvin from developing a hefty following for his non-stop tweeting—he once put out as much as 1,400 posts in one 20-hour cycle—or developing relationships with people on the ground in the places he tweets about. How much time does Carvin spend on Twitter? So much he didn't realize the profile was going in print, too.

NoVa—The Final, Final Frontier: With the Space Shuttle program winding down, NASA needs to do something with its retiring fleet—the active shuttles Atlantis, Discovery, and Endeavour, and the prototype Enterprise. The agency announced yesterday that the Discovery is going to the National Air & Space Museum, DCist notes. Though the shuttle won't be at 7th Street and Jefferson Drive SW (see what I did there, Radiohead?), it'll be housed at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles. Next time you're late picking up someone from the airport, just tell them you were looking at the spaceship.

Confused? Check the Company Blog: Phillips Collection staffer Brooke Rosenblatt admits she is "having trouble" with the museum's new exhibit, "Philip Guston, Roma," even after giving three one-our tours of the abstract expressionist's works. In one painting she sees a shoe, then a fountain, then a hood, "Yet as soon as I think I understand what he wants to communicate, it slips through my fingers." Rosenblatt could have used a theory offered by Paul Ruther, the Phillips' manager of teacher programs—that Philip Guston was an extension of Bob Dylan. Both lived and worked in Woodstock, N.Y. in 1967, when Guston "made the infamous and important shift in his work from abstract to figural painting" and Dylan recorded The Basement Tapes. Ruther can't offer any evidence the two ever met, but Woodstock's always been a small, folksy town (remember, the concerts were in Bethel, Saugerties, and Rome, N.Y.), so it could have happened.

Today on Arts Desk: Louis Jacobson reviews the exhibit "Corridor" at the Art Museum of the Americas; Mike Rhode talks to the mind behind Peculiar Comics; repertory film picks.

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