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

Phillip K Smith III’s artworks reflect the beauty of nature in remarkable ways. Now he’s bringing one to urban Milan<p>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 …

Art

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 …

Tutorials

Varanasi: India’s Soul City

“You people come to Varanasi from the West because you’re so unprepared for death,” said the 85-year-old who opened the door. His voice was bullish …

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 …

Wildlife

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 …

Literature

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 …

Literature

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 …

Literature

Master of Light

<i>Cinematographer Roger Deakins uses his blog to pull back the curtain on the lighting tricks that have made him famous.</i><p>Sometime in the late nineties, cinematographer Roger Deakins took a kind of pilgrimage to visit his friend and mentor Conrad “Connie” Hall, who was living in semiretirement on a …

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 …

T.S. Eliot

Sometimes Poets Are Successful, and Other News

• 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 dramatically different from those of the contemporary U.S. At the height of his powers, …

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

<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 …

Feminism

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 …

India

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 …

Becoming a Butcher Personal Essay - Camas Davis 'Girl with Knife' - Excerpt from Double Bind

"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 on these boots while you're at it." …

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 …

George W. Bush

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 …

Critical Thinking

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, …

Literature

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, …

Oroville Dam

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, …

Sketching

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 …

Will we ever… live in underground homes?

As cities get more crowded, why not build down? Kieran Nash profiles some of the world’s most unusual underground constructions, from Australian rock homes to Beijing’s subterranean spaces.<p>In many respects, Bernadette Roberts’ three-bedroom house is like any other. “Lounge, dining area, kitchen – …

Urban Planning