Arts & Culture

Eight words that changed the way we think

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The exact origins of words are often difficult to place. But sometimes they are the inventions of ground-breaking pioneers – from Chaucer to… Kelly Grovier BBC Every word conceals a story, a secret history. Behind the syllables we use every day lurk countless forgotten… “If you know the origin of a word”, the 6th Century scholar Isidore of Seville insisted, “everything can be more clearly… While most words slip into… Eight words that… Read More »

Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’

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Gurinder Chadha’s film is a glossy imperial version of India’s traumatic partition that scandalously misrepresents the historical reality Fatima Bhutto The Guardian Gurinder Chadha’s Raj film Viceroy’s House begins with an ominous warning: “History is written by the victors.” It sure is. The empire and its… Fatima Bhutto on… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

Beauty and the Beast doesn’t hold a candle to the original

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The new live-action Beauty and the Beast can’t hold a candle to the 1991 animated original, writes Nicholas… Nicholas Barber BBC Disney has recently been remaking its hits with the industrial efficiency of a car manufacturing plant, but most of these updates have had their own… Maleficent turned the… Read More »

Torn Ballet Shoes, and a Life Upended

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ISTANBUL — For the first time in half a year, the Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan returned the other day to her Istanbul apartment, a home left ransacked when she was arrested and… Tim Arango The New York Times She discovered that many things were missing: flash drives containing her work and reviews from European… Left behind… Torn Ballet Shoes… Read More »

Tilted towers: The secrets beneath the world’s leaning buildings

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(CNN) – From the Tower of Pisa in Italy to Britain’s Big Ben, some of the world’s most famous buildings have a distinct list. Georgia McCafferty CNN However, architectural leanings are not confined to history. A few modern… Tilted towers: The… Read More »

Graphic novel illustrates life of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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“Meantime” is a graphic novel project initiated in March 2016 by French nongovernmental organization (NGO) Solidarites International (SOL). Florence Massena Al Monitor Five French, Syrian and Lebanese artists spent weeks talking with Syrian refugees in Akkar and Tripoli in northern Lebanon to create five graphic stories, which have been available online since Feb. 21 in English, Arabic and French. According to the… Graphic novel illustrates… Read More »

China dominates global art market

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In a year when global art auction sales were down 22 percent from 2015 numbers, 2016 will be remembered as the time that China established itself as the clear superpower of the art world. Agence France-Presse Asia Times Global art sales plunged in 2016 as the number of high-value works sold dropped by half, while China regained its status as the world’s top market, Artprice said in an annual report released Monday. Art auctions worldwide… China dominates global… Read More »

‘I spent the night at my Muslim friends”: Christians flee Islamic State in Sinai

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Ismailia, Egypt: Some fled with little more than the clothes they were wearing, terrified that the militants of Islamic State would come for them… Omar Medhat and Laura King WAtoday Los Angeles Times For a fourth day on Sunday, Coptic Christians – one of Egypt’s most vulnerable minorities – sought safe haven after a series of sectarian killings in and… ‘I spent the… Read More »

A Once-Forgotten Novel Unites Turkish Readers in Troubled Times

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ISTANBUL — A young Turkish man arrives in 1920s Berlin. Ignoring his business of soap manufacturing, he spends his days learning German and his nights reading books — especially the Russians, and… TIM ARANGO The New York Times He explores the city’s parks, its wide streets, its museums and… He is looking, as he put it, for something, “to sweep me off my… A Once-Forgotten… Read More »

Blue ACLU Ribbons Are The Stars’ Best Accessories At 2017 Oscars

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Solidarity in style. By Jamie Feldman The Huffington Post The dresses, hair, makeup and jewelry took a back seat to a more meaningful accessory at the Oscars on… Many of Hollywood’s brightest were seen sporting blue ribbons in solidarity with the America’s Civil Liberties Union. The non-profit, which is “devoted to protecting the… Blue ACLU Ribbons… Read More »

Get Out: Menace to Society

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Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy explores what lies behind the smiling faces of “good” white people—sometimes literally. WILL LEITCH  New Republic Of the many magic tricks that Get Out pulls off, the most impressive one is how it turns the smiling face of a friendly white person—who’s just here to help, who happily voted for Barack… Get Out: Menace… Read More »

True friendship prevails

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The students of Ayios Georgios Lyceum in Lakatamia, Nicosia will take on the challenge of performing the play Across the Barricades for the first time in Cyprus at the Cultural Centre indoor amphitheatre of the… MARIA GREGORIOU CyprusMail This is not only the first time that the play will be presented on the… The play, based on the… True friendship… Read More »

Zweig: The writer who dreamed of a world without boarders

ERGYHN Stefan Zweig in 1940. Austrian novelist, playwright, journalist and biographer. 28 November 1881 - 22 February 1942.. Image shot 1940. Exact date unknown.

The exiled author killed himself in despair over Nazism. But before he did, he said Brazil had become what he hoped Europe could be, writes Benjamin Ramm. Benjamin Ramm BBC Seventy-five years ago, in February 1942, Europe’s most popular author committed suicide in a bungalow in the Brazilian town of Petrópolis, 10,000 km (6,200 miles) from his birthplace in Vienna. In the year… Zweig: The writer… Read More »

Friends or foes? Art’s long, complicated relationship with religion

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(CNN) – When you enter the world of art, you are, like it or not, entering the realm of religion. Consider some of the world’s most famous works of art — the Parthenon Marbles, the Buddhas of Bamiyan, The Last Supper, the Blue Mosque — and it becomes clear just how deeply the history of art has been colored by the history of religion. Aaron Rosen CNN But these are all examples from earlier epochs. What about more… Friends or foes… Read More »

Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As Donations Pour In To Repair Vandalized St. Louis Jewish Cemetery

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Muslim activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support the repair of a St. Louis Jewish cemetery that was vandalized over the weekend — and the… Shira Hanau Forward The campaign, which aimed to raise $20,000, exceeded its target in three hours — and had drawn more than $55… Muslims ‘Overjoyed’ As… Read More »