With sadness we note the demise of Duke Performances’ three-year-old blog “The Thread,” edited by our friend Brian Howe and supported by many fine contributors. It always gives one pause when an arts project ends – particularly one involving arts journalism, which is surely one of the more endangered species, right up there with pandas and Siberian tigers. The farewell is at http://thethread.dukeperformances.duke.edu/2013/08/tying-up-the-thread/.