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Zoe Leonard at Whitney Museum (Contemporary Art Daily)

New York–based artist Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) is among the most critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Over the past three decades, she has …

Trick of the light: the artist holding nature’s mirror

During this month’s Milan Furniture Fair the California-based artist Phillip K Smith III, known for his light and mirror-based land artworks, is teaming up with the fashion brand Cos to create a site-specific, immersive installation called <i>Open Sky</i>. The horseshoe-shaped sculpture, a formidable …

All About the Color Picker Tool in Photoshop

The Color Picker tool is one of the most fundamental and important features in Photoshop, and it's packed densely with information and options. This …

Embracing the Cycle of Life in India’s Holiest City

When a traveler faces his grief in Varanasi, his perspective on life and death goes up in smoke.<p>“You people come to Varanasi from the West because …

Into the Great Wide Open

<i><br>In remote Africa, travelers find profound stillness, untamed nature, and a portal to the past. Don’t forget the gin and tonics.</i><p>The boat pushes off …

Paris Review - Richard Wilbur, The Art of Poetry No. 22

Interviewed by Helen McCloy Ellison, Ellesa Clay High, Peter A. Stitt<p>Issue 72, Winter 1977<p>Photograph by VINCENT TOLENTINO<p>Note: Two interviews were done with Richard Wilbur. Because of the different nature of the questioning, the interviews have been kept separate. The first is by Peter Stitt, the …

Poetry

Paris Review - Jeanette Winterson, The Art of Fiction No. 150

Interviewed by Audrey Bilger<p>Issue 145, Winter 1997<p>“I cannot recall a time when I did not know I was special,” writes Jeanette Winterson at the beginning of her fictionalized autobiography <i>Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit</i>. And, indeed, the facts of her life have supported that view. Born in Manchester …

Paris Review - Milan Kundera, The Art of Fiction No. 81

Interviewed by Christian Salmon<p>Issue 92, Summer 1984<p>Milan Kundera, ca. 1980. Photograph by Elisa Cabot<p>This interview is a product of several encounters with Milan Kundera in Paris in the fall of 1983. Our meetings took place in his attic apartment near Montparnasse. We worked in the small room that …

Paris Review - James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Interviewed by Jordan Elgrably<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>James Baldwin in Hyde Park, London. Photograph by Allan Warren, <i>The Paris Review</i> No. 129.<p>This interview was conducted in the two places dearest to James Baldwin’s struggle as a writer. We met first in Paris, where he spent the first nine years of a …

Literature

Paris Review - Simone de Beauvoir, The Art of Fiction No. 35

Interviewed by Madeleine Gobeil<p>Issue 34, Spring-Summer 1965<p>Simone de Beauvoir had introduced me to Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre, whom I had interviewed. But she hesitated about being interviewed herself: “Why should we talk about me? Don’t you think I’ve done enough in my three books of …

Reading Roger Deakins’s Cinematography Blog

By Noah Gallagher Shannon May 9, 2017<p>On Film<p><i>Cinematographer Roger Deakins uses his blog to pull back the curtain on the lighting tricks that have made him famous.</i><p>Roger Deakins, 2004, via Buena Vista.<p>Sometime in the late nineties, the cinematographer Roger Deakins took a kind of pilgrimage to visit …

Cinematography

You, Too, Can Be T. S. Eliot’s Child, and Other News

• Things would be easier if you were the descendant of a famous writer. Doors would open. Carpets would be laid at your feet. I know what you’re thinking: you’re <i>not</i> born of literary royalty, and nothing will ever change that. Except: Did you ever consider lying about it? This is a more effective …

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, “Olympic Champion of Poetry”

By Dan Piepenbring April 3, 2017<p>Yevtushenko reading before thousands in the Soviet Union.<p>Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who died this weekend at eighty-three, reminds us that sometimes a poet can achieve that rare thing: popularity. All it requires is persistence, good fortune, and cultural conditions …

Travel Writing

UP meat vendors strike: AMU VC sets up committee to look into food woes of students

<b>Aligarh</b>: Aligarh Muslim University Vice Chancellor Lt Gen Zamer Uddin Shah on Saturday said prolonged non-availability of meat could lead to …

Butcher Displays Nude Woman In Meat Case As Marketing Ploy

The Australian shop's advertisement raises questions about why women's bodies are so often compared to meat.<p>A woman is lain out in a butcher's case along slabs of steak and pork cutlets, her body marked with broad black lines to indicate where to carve out the flank, rib, breast, and beyond. To …

Qureshis of Uttar Pradesh pass a resolution to protect cows

The Muslim community said it would boycott anyone found to be engaged in cow slaughter.<p>Finding it increasingly difficult to carry on with their trade …

From Ramayana to the scriptures, it's clear India has a long history of eating meat

The Vedas refer to about 50 animals deemed fit for sacrifice and, by inference, for eating.<p>Folks with infantile minds keep laying down laws for what …

Meat politics is on the minds of many Delhi residents ahead of municipal elections

Qureshi traders, who control most of the city's meat business, fear an Uttar Pradesh-like crackdown in the event of a BJP victory.<p>From the time …

Why I Gave Up My Glossy Magazine Job to Be a Butcher

Blood, guts, and a girl with knives.<p>"All right. Are you ready? Why don't you try on this dress and we'll see how it looks on you," the stylist says.
 It's a black number, the kind worn to cocktail parties, with a modest cut just above the knee, and a gauzy, translucent back.<p>"And why don't you try …

Uttar Pradesh meat politics: Why have the ‘sickular parties’ failed to show support for Muslims?

This is a test for the BSP, the Congress and the SP to prove that they genuinely oppose Hindutva and are worthy of the trust of the minority …

Roni Horn: Saying Water

When It’s Too Late to Stop Fascism, According to Stefan Zweig

The Austrian émigré writer Stefan Zweig composed the first draft of his memoir, “The World of Yesterday,” in a feverish rapture during the summer of 1941, as headlines gave every indication that civilization was being swallowed in darkness. Zweig’s beloved France had fallen to the Nazis the …

Václav Havel’s Lessons on How to Create a “Parallel Polis”

The recent political earthquakes have found us intellectually and emotionally underprepared, even helpless. None of our usual categories (left, right, liberal, conservative, progressive, reactionary) and perspectives (class, race, gender) seem able to explain how a compulsive liar and serial groper …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Elizabeth Bishop’s Art of Losing

She was vigilant about giving nothing away in her poetry, but a new biography examines her harrowing personal life.<p>The first of Elizabeth Bishop’s losses was her father, who died when she was eight months old. The second loss was more protracted: Bishop’s mother, shattered by her husband’s death, …

What's in a glass of water?

Tap water can be full of surprises<p><b>With nearly limitless beverage options,</b> you might not realize how much variety exists in the seemingly bland realm of tap water. This colorless refreshment can vary widely from city to city, house to house, or even sink to sink. Scroll over the image below to see …

Tap Water

What the Oroville Dam Disaster Says About America’s Aging Infrastructure

This past week, heavy winter rain caused a 250-foot-long section of northern California’s Oroville Dam’s principal spillway to collapse. In response, …

The art of messy sketching

Even an old music sheet can be used as a canvas.<p>Sometimes the most powerful artworks are unfinished sketches.<p>As you sketch, your rough ideas, …

Fragonard: The Heights of Drawing

Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant—Works from New York Collections<p>an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 6, 2016–January …