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Amazing Japanese Cardboard Artist Transforms Old Boxes Into Tanks, Gundams, Space Ships, And More!

Monami Ono, a graduate of the Osaka University of the Arts who studied 3D animation and now specializes in amazing cardboard artistry, may simply be the best, however. The talented and award-winning artist from Wakayama Prefecture’s hobby for practicing animation on cardboard boxes has turned into a full-time craft, landing her appearances on Japanese television, workshop appearances... Source
Tags: Design, Cardboard, Craft, Culture, Gundam, Japan, Monami Ono


‘Ian Curtis wanted to make extreme music, no half measures’

Forty years after Joy Division’s seminal debut album, Jon Savage’s oral history, extracted below, sheds new light on the band and the city that shaped them• Read a Q&A with Jon SavageBernard Sumner (Joy Division): I felt that even though we were expecting this music to come out of thin air, we never, any of us, were interested in the money it might make us. We just wanted to make something that was beautiful to listen to and stirred our emotions. We weren’t interested in a career or any of that....
Tags: Joy Division, Tony Wilson, Peter Hook, Music, Music books, Books, Culture


Kushner, Inc review: Jared, Ivanka Trump and the rise of the American kakistocracy

Vicky Ward has produced a damning depiction, a lethal amalgam of Page Six-like dish and firsthand investigative reportingLike Donald Trump, with Jared Kushner, the president’s squeaky sounding son-in-law. As the reality that Kushner received his White House security clearance the same way he got into Harvard sinks in – “Daddy” pulled some very expensive strings – his popularity will not be rebounding anytime soon. Related: Revealed: Kushner 'challenged on conflicts of interest by Trump aides...
Tags: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump, Trump administration, US politics, Republicans, US news, Politics books, Books, Culture


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


Oxford English Dictionary adds new entries: chuddies, jibbons and fantoosh

An Indian English word for underpants joins a host of Scottish insults after the dictionary crowdsourced regional termsEnglish speakers from around the world have flocked to help the Oxford English Dictionary expand its coverage of regional vocabulary, with a new update including suggestions such as jibbons, chuddies and sitooterie.The dictionary launched its Words Where You Are appeal to the public last year to mark the 90th anniversary of the completion of its first edition. The regional vocab...
Tags: Books, Culture, New Orleans, Reference and languages books


Interview: Jerico Mandybur, Author of Neo-Tarot

We discuss empowerment and self-care through an ancient practice Writer/editor/speaker/podcast host, Jerico Mandybur is also the editorial director at Girlboss and the author of the brand new Neo Tarot: A Fresh Approach to Self-Care, Healing & Empowerment. Officially releasing 2 April (but available for pre-order now), the book comes with a deck of tarot cards, and the set offers a unique, contemporary and thoughtful guide to …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Books, Design, Interviews, Mindfulness, Culture, Tarot, Self Care, Girlboss, Tarot Cards, Jerico Mandybur


The last of Africa's big tusker elephants – in pictures

Like living relics from a bygone era, the last of Africa’s big tusker elephants roam in a vast, remote wilderness in Kenya. In partnership with the Tsavo Trust NGO and the Kenya Wildlife Service, Will Burrard-Lucas spent months photographing these rare animals. His series of intimate portraits are captured in his book, Land of Giants Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Kenya, Lucas, Tsavo


David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not ...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Gordon Brown, Social history, David Bailey


Egyptian dissident writer Alaa al-Aswany sued by military prosecutors

Bestselling author of The Yacoubian Building says case against him violates Universal Declaration of Human RightsAlaa al-Aswany, the bestselling Egyptian author of The Yacoubian Building, has been sued by military prosecutors in Egypt for “insulting the president, the armed forces and judicial institutions”.According to his French publisher, Actes Sud, the accusations relate to the columns Aswany has published in Deutsche Welle Arabic, and to his latest novel The Republic, As If, which recounts ...
Tags: Books, Human Rights, Protest, Censorship, Fiction, World news, Culture, Egypt, Alaa Al Aswany, Deutsche Welle, Aswany, Actes Sud


Nick Brandt's best photograph: elephants and building workers share a crowded Africa

‘We photographed the animals with motion sensors, then the humans. In the final edit, the exchange of looks between mother elephant and man was a wonderful surprise’ Poaching in southern Kenya is largely under control now, thanks to the numbers of rangers in place, but there is a bigger issue these days: the invasion of humankind into the wildlife habitat and the conflict that ensues. There is only so much space for people and animals to coexist. That is what I wanted to depict in This Empty Wor...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Africa, Environment, World news, Culture, Wildlife, Conservation, Art and design, Kenya, Amboseli National Park, Nick Brandt, Art and design books


10 novels that brilliantly capture the American experience

Literature expands our ability to feel empathy and inspires compassion.These 10 novels tackle some facet of the American experience. The list includes a fictional retelling of the first Native American to graduate from Harvard, and hiding out in inner-city Newark.We call it "getting lost" in a novel, but what we find there is often more impactful than any nonfiction work can offer. Literature makes us more empathic and intelligent. Storytelling is how we bond, as tribes and a planet. A powerful...
Tags: Books, New York, Arts, Entertainment, New York City, America, History, Empathy, Harvard, Culture, United States, Innovation, Literature, Philip Roth, Newark, Seattle


Arabs: A 3,000-Year History by Tim Mackintosh-Smith – review

A richly detailed chronicle of Arab language and culture offers thought-provoking parallels between past and presentOutside the window of Tim Mackintosh-Smith’s home in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, are reminders of the long sweep of Arab history – child soldiers mourning martyrs of the country’s ongoing war, rocket salvoes, sectarian rivalries, hypnotic slogans and a mosque dating back to the seventh century and the rise of Islam in the Arabian peninsula.The view is simultaneously rich, bleak and...
Tags: Books, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Damascus, Baghdad, Sana'a, Al Saud, History books, Tim Mackintosh Smith, Himyaris


Shortest Way Home review: Pete Buttigieg as president in waiting

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana has written the best political autobiography since Barack ObamaImagine waking up on 4 November 2020 to discover America has elected a man whose knowledge ranges from to the Puritan origins of the phrase “city on the hill” to the details of how to modernize sewers with wi-fi connected sensors. Related: Too much, too young? Mayor could become the first millennial president Continue reading...
Tags: Books, America, World news, US news, Indiana, Culture, Democrats, LGBT rights, South Bend Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, Politics books, US elections 2020, Barack ObamaImagine


Nicci Gerrard: ‘Dementia is more scary when you try not to think about it’

The Observer journalist on her father’s dementia, caring for campaigners, and facing her fears in her new book• Read an extract from What Dementia Teaches Us About LoveNicci Gerrard is a journalist and campaigner, who writes bestselling novels with her husband under the name Nicci French. She won the 2016 Orwell prize for exposing Britain’s social evils, for her reporting on the care of dementia patients in the UK.What compelled you to write this book?I didn’t want to write a memoir about my fat...
Tags: Health, Books, UK, Society, Mental Health, Culture, Britain, Dementia, Autobiography and memoir, John, Orwell, Nicci Gerrard, John Gerrard, Nicci, Mind And Body Books, LoveNicci Gerrard


El Norte review: an epic and timely history of Hispanic North America

Carrie Gibson has written an exhaustive corrective to historians who seek to whitewash a story of settlement and conflictThe subtitle of Carrie Gibson’s book is The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America. El Norte lives up to it. Related: These Truths review: Jill Lepore's Lincolnian American history Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Americas, US news, Culture, US politics, US immigration, North America, Jill Lepore, El Norte, Us-mexico Border, History books, Carrie Gibson, Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America El Norte


WS Merwin, Pulitzer-winning former US poet laureate, dies at 91

Writer who protested against environmental destruction and the Vietnam war died at home in HawaiiWS Merwin, a prolific and versatile poetry master who evolved through a wide range of styles as he celebrated nature, condemned war and industrialism and reached for the elusive past, died Friday. He was 91.A Pulitzer prize winner and former US poet laureate, Merwin completed more than 20 books, from early works inspired by myths and legends to fiery protests against environmental destruction and the...
Tags: Books, Poetry, US, US news, Culture, Hawaii, Vietnam, Merwin, WS Merwin Pulitzer, HawaiiWS Merwin


Preet Bharara: ‘I didn’t call Trump back and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made'

Fired by the president, the former US attorney has written his first book. He talks about if and when Trump will face justice – and why he fears for his own safetyPreet Bharara is used to dealing with bullies. When he was the US attorney for the southern district of New York, the premier law enforcement body in America, his office prosecuted Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Crips and Bloods gang leaders and mafia bosses. For going after the infamous arms dealer Viktor Bout he was banned from Russia...
Tags: Books, New York, Osama Bin Laden, Russia, US, America, Joe Biden, US news, Culture, United States, US politics, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Madrid, Donald Trump, Viktor Bout, Trump


White critics don’t know how to deal with the golden age of Indigenous stories | Alison Whittaker

First Nations writers are reduced to moral objects, to be emptily liked or disliked in a white culture war we never asked forWe’re in the midst of a renaissance in First Nations literature. I should be elated. Alexis Wright won the 2018 Stella for the unrivalled Tracker, and in 2019 Melissa Lucashenko is shortlisted for the relentless Too Much Lip. Claire Coleman’s got another highly anticipated book, The Old Lie, coming out this year, Tony Birch has The White Girl in the works, and Kirli Saunde...
Tags: Books, Australia news, Culture, First Nations, Stage, Indigenous Australians, Stella, Alexis Wright, Tony Birch, Alison Whittaker, Stella prize, Melissa Lucashenko, Claire Coleman, Kirli Saunders


Why do homo sapiens include so much variety?

The past is a mess. To pick a path through the mire, historians have appealed to providence, progress, environmental determinism, class struggle, biology and fate.  No explanation has worked – so far. But try shifting perspective: look for the broadest possible context, the most suggestive comparisons. Climb the cosmic crow’s nest. Imagine what history might look like from an immense distance of time and space, with objectivity we cannot attain. The Galactic Observer  – I suggest – would notice ...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, World, Culture, Evolution, Primatology, Historians, Homo Sapiens, Imo, Arts & Humanities, Pixabay, Oxford Illustrated History, A Global World, Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The Galatic Observer


A Line in the River by Jamal Mahjoub review – Khartoum, city of memory

The novelist rediscovers the Sudanese city where he grew upNovelist Jamal Mahjoub’s mother had a comfortable, middle-class English upbringing. His father was from Sudan; “born in a house of mud bricks”, he “received only a rudimentary education”. They met in London and married in 1955, breaking “centuries of taboo”: a black man marrying a white woman.Mahjoub grew up in his father’s city of Khartoum, which, like the rest of Sudan, “is not one city at all, but fractured”. Built at the confluence o...
Tags: Books, London, Africa, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Sudan, Autobiography and memoir, Paperbacks, Darfur, Khartoum, White Niles, Mahjoub, Politics books, Jamal Mahjoub


Stanley 'Tookie' Williams: one of the last men to be executed in California

The once-feared leader of the Crips, put to death in 2005, had a warning for UK gangs. Tony Thompson met him in prisonOn 13 March 2019, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, placed a moratorium on the death penalty, halting executions for the duration of his tenure. Stanley “Tookie” Williams was among the last people to be executed in the state before the moratorium. The former Crips gang leader died by lethal injection on 13 December 2005, after last-minute appeals by his lawyers and a clemency ...
Tags: Books, UK, California, Culture, Williams, Capital punishment, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nobel Peace Prize, Gavin Newsom, Stanley, Tony Thompson, Stanley Tookie Williams, Biography books


Lynn Enright Destroys Myths About the Female Body

In her new book Vagina: A Re-Education, Lynn Enright (journalist and “accidental vagina specialist”) is debunking the myths, theories and lies that many women grew up believing. From gender bias in sex education to pain, pleasure, pregnancy and beyond, Enright explores the female body and the experience of living inside one—with many personal anecdotes. Enright spoke with Kelly Pigram about the book, which is fascinating …
Tags: Health, Books, Gender, Science, Design, Education, Anatomy, Sex, Reading, Culture, Bodies, Linkaboutit, Enright, Kelly Pigram, Lynn Enright, Vagina: A Re-Education


Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world and a defining symbol of London, provide insight into the workings of the largest and most advanced bascule bridge of its time• Tower Bridge by Harry Cory Wright is published by Thames & Hudson Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Technology, London, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Tower Bridge, The Thames, Thames Hudson Continue, Harry Cory Wright


Out from the margins: meet the New Daughters of Africa writers

More than 25 years after her groundbreaking Daughters of Africa anthology, Margaret Busby reflects on the next generation of black women writers around the worldTime was when the perception of published writers was that all the women were white and all the blacks were men (to borrow the title of a key 1980s black feminist book). At best, there was a handful of black female writers – Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou – who were acknowledged by the literary establishment. This was the clim...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Poetry, Africa, Culture, Short Stories, Essays, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Swartz, Thackeray, Sambo, New Daughters of Africa, Margaret Busby


Michelle Obama: how the former first lady soared to 'rock star' status

Her memoir, Becoming, sold 1.4m copies in its first week and paves the way for a sparkling post-White House careerNo one could accuse Michelle Obama of lingering in her husband’s shadow. But few expected her to emerge as America’s queen of non-fiction.Far from being a mere postscript to her White House years, the former US first lady’s memoir, Becoming, has proved a literary phenomenon and turning point in her career, dominating bestseller lists and filling stadiums during a promotional tour. An...
Tags: Books, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Culture, Michelle Obama, Michelle Mania


Atwood to launch The Handmaid’s Tale sequel with live broadcast

Exclusive: Author’s interview about The Testaments will be filmed at National Theatre in LondonMargaret Atwood is to mark the publication of her sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale with a midnight launch in London on 9 September followed by a live interview at the National Theatre broadcast around the world.There will also be a six-date tour of the UK and Ireland. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Publishing, UK, London, Film, Fiction, UK News, Culture, Ireland, Margaret Atwood, National Theatre, Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, LondonMargaret Atwood


Surprise as unknown Irish translation of Ibn Sīna discovered in spine of book

Manuscript of ancient physician’s Canon of Medicine had been used to bind a later book, and shows that medieval Ireland’s medicine was in step with the rest of EuropeA 15th-century vellum manuscript of the writing of the revered Persian physician Ibn Sīna, or Avicenna, has been found being used to bind a later book, revealing for the first time that his seminal Canon of Medicine was translated into Irish.The manuscript had been trimmed, folded and stitched to the spine of a pocket-sized Latin ma...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Medicine, Culture, Ireland, Cornwall, Canon, University College Cork, Avicenna, Manuscripts, Ibn Sina, Canon of Medicine, Pádraig Ó Macháin


Four Passionate Italian Women Artists

Win a pre-publication bound galley of LA PASSIONE from Goodreads! Click to enter the raffle. The giveaway ends March 13. Italy’s dazzling pantheon of artistic geniuses seems a man’s world. Yet as I discovered in researching my upcoming book, a few women with singular passion defied all obstacles and created important works of art. As a way of celebrating International Women’s Day, here are four artists whose stories I recount in LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World: Plautilla Nelli (1524-...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, England, Education, Spain, Culture, Italy, Florence, Greenwich, Christ, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Caravaggio, ROSSI


Netflix to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

Streaming giant buys rights to create first ever screen adaptation of Colombian author’s seminal 1967 magical realist novel Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s seminal One Hundred Years of Solitude to create the first screen adaptation of the author’s 1967 masterpiece.The streaming company announced on Wednesday that the book will be adapted into a Spanish-language series and filmed largely in the Nobel prize-winning author’s home country of Colombia, with García Márquez’...
Tags: Books, Media, Film, World news, Colombia, Netflix, Culture, Gabriel García Márquez, Garcia Marquez, Rodrigo Garcia, Gonzalo García Barcha


All Quiet on the Western Front becomes instant bestseller – archive, 1929

Ninety years ago, a harrowing account of warfare in the first world war was brought to an international audience by German veteran Erich Maria RemarqueAll Quiet on the Western Front tells the story of Paul Bäumer, a young German soldier fighting on the western front during the first world war. Bäumer and several of his friends join the army voluntarily after listening to the patriotic speeches of their teacher, but soon become disillusioned after experiencing the horrors of the battlefield.After...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Germany, Nazis, Culture, First World War, German Nazi, Western Front, Remarque, Baumer, Erich Maria RemarqueAll Quiet, Paul Bäumer, Vossische Zeitunghe Erich Maria Remarque



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