Arts & Culture

World’s Priciest Coffee Is Hand-Picked From Elephant Dung

Ever since the Kopi Luwak craze began more than a decade ago, coffee connoisseurs have sought unusual ways to make the perfect brew. Adam Majendie Bloomberg Kopi luwak is an Indonesian coffee originally made from part-digested beans defecated by wild palm civets, the gastric process of the animal helping improve the taste of the coffee. But as the luwak… World’s Priciest Coffee… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

The Irish novel that seduced the USSR

The Gadfly, an English-language book barely known in the West became a sensation behind the Iron Curtain, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC News One of the most popular English-language novels of the 20th Century is almost unknown in the English-speaking world – a global phenomenon in translation, now neglected in its original form. The Gadfly, by Irish writer… The Irish novel that… Read More »

Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art that’s dying

Considered the ‘master’ of martial arts, varmakalai uses ‘vital spots,’ or pressure points, both to hurt and to heal. Its practitioners in southern India guard its secrets closely, even as the practice dwindles Anusha Venkat Asia Times A simple stroke of a trained finger can be lethal, according to practitioners of Varmakalai, which translates into English as “art of vital points.” Targeted at the right spot, or… Varmakalai – the ‘deadly’ art… Read More »

We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Jonathan Jones The Guardian Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself. Look at the art section in… We must rescue Van Gogh from… Read More »

East Timor kicked out of 2023 Asian Cup for fake documents

East Timor has been expelled from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying documents of several Brazilian-born footballers, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on… EuroSport Reuters The AFC launched a probe, in conjunction with FIFA, in June last year into the eligibility of certain players after qualifying matches for the… East Timor kicked… Read More »

Turkey Turns Church into Museum; Greece Builds New Mosque

When one walks about Christians in Turkey, one tends to think of them as migrants who moved to the area after Muslims took over, or as if Muslims have always been the majority… Uzay Bulut The Gatestone Institute The truth is, Bilecik and the rest of AsiaMinor, which today has a tiny, dwindling… Turkey Turns Church… Read More »

Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on show

A collective exhibition titled ‘Migrant Colors’ is now on display in Istanbul, bringing together the works of six artists from Kosovo, displaying unique examples of their art Anadolu Agency Daily Sabah The “Migrant Colors” exhibition is now on in Beşiktaş, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Kosovo Prizren Culture and Solidarity Association (Kosova Prizrenliler Kültür ve Yardımlaşma Derneği). Hosted by the municipality of… Kosovan artists’ ‘Migrant Colors’ on… Read More »

The problem with photojournalism and Africa

Why African photographers don’t get to tell African photo stories in Western media. M Neelika Jayawardane Al Jazeera News Whenever “Africa” is in the headline of mainstream US and European media sources, especially those that are highly regarded, I wince. I know the storyline is going to… The problem with photojournalism… Read More »

What’s HOT at the 2017 Midsumma Festival

Now in it’s 30th year, the Midsumma Festival is Melbourne’s largest celebration of queer culture. With over 130 events held over a 3 week period – 2017 is ramping up to be one of the biggest… Arts Review Australian Arts Review takes a look at some events worth checking… A Night at the Musicals Fairfax Studio… What’s HOT at… Read More »

On the Couch with Ben Gerrard

Who is Ben… Ben Gerrard is a 34 year-old… Arts Review He graduated ‘class-underdog’ from NIDA in 2006 and has since carved out a fascinating niche career as a comedian and character-actor in both theatre and… What would you do differently to what you do… I wish I’d realised sooner that perception and reality are not the… On the Couch… Read More »

When nations fall their artists rise

Exploring five decades of Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi’s works. Hamid Dabashi Al Jazeera News On an ethereally sunny and surreal day in Doha, in the company of a dear Qatari artist friend, we walked into Qatar Museum Gallery Alriwaq, now exhibiting an awe-inspiring retrospective of the pre-eminent Iraqi artist, Dia Azzawi. In two complementary… When nations fall their… Read More »