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Kerry James Marshall: Challenging racism in art history

For centuries black people appeared in art as slaves or exotic novelties – and the painter Kerry James Marshall wants to challenge these racist ideas. He talks to Alastair Sooke.<p>“When I go to the movies, I’m expected to identify with all of the characters, and most of them are white,” says the …

Black Panther

Citizenfour review: Edward Snowden in his own words

Who is the NSA whistleblower? And why did he do what he did? A new documentary lets him speak – and film critic Owen Gleiberman is impressed by what he hears.<p>Citizenfour, Laura Poitras' exciting and newsworthy portrait-of-a-whistleblower documentary, is something all too rare: a movie about a …

Surveillance

Comic relief: How humour became the new self-help

The funny female memoir provides an alternative guide to womanhood that’s proving a popular alternative to the self-help book. Hephzibah Anderson investigates.<p>“Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It’s expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end,” quips Amy Poehler in …

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Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

Nutritious Food Is Getting More Expensive

New research shows a widening gap between the price of healthy and not-so-healthy foods.<p>Equal access to healthy food is becoming more challenging each year. In the U.K., for instance, carbs have remained generally affordable during the past decade. Prices for healthy, nutrient-rich fruits and …

Dylan Thomas: Rock ‘n’ roll poet

It is 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas, who set the template for future poets and spoken word. But what made him unique? Jane Ciabattari looks back.<p>Dylan Thomas, whose centenary is on 27 October, was a prodigy who became a living legend, the first poet to be magnified by celebrity culture …

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A Few Maxims for the Instruction of the Over-Educated by Oscar Wilde

<b>Oscar Wilde</b> (October 16, 1854–November 30, 1900) was not only the twentieth century’s first pop-culture celebrity, but also arguably the most tragic one — at the height of his literary celebrity, his strong opinions and the socially unacceptable romance behind his exquisite love letters led to a …

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Who are the 20th Century’s 10 best composers?

It was a turbulent and fascinating 100 years in music history – who made the greatest contributions? Clemency Burton-Hill makes her picks.<p>Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Philip Glass on the eve of the world premiere of his new opera The Trial<i>,</i> based on Kafka’s masterpiece. Researching …

Flute

Always Talk to Strangers

People who know and trust their neighbors are less likely to have heart attacks. New research builds on the understated health benefits of a sense of belonging and community.<p>The first time I met my neighbor, my heart did stop, briefly.<p>Do you remember those cylindrical, metallic “neuralyzers” that …

Is Civilization Natural?

So, there's the city and then there's the country, the built environment and the wilderness, nature and civilization. Whatever name the dichotomy goes by, we usually think of the world humans create and the world outside their creations as separate and unequal.<p>But as we enter the Anthropocene — an …

Why Fight Club Matters More Than Ever

Fifteen years later, it's still all about how we're really pissed off<p><b>"The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club,"</b> barks Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) to his minions — men raised by women. Breaking the rule, we're still talking about <i>Fight Club</i>, 15 years after its release this month …

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