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Architecture 101: 10 Architectural Styles That Define Western Society

Throughout history, architecture has been used as a creative, functional outlet that often heralds the cultural depth of society. In fact, a scroll through the basics of important architectural movements is a window into art and culture during any given time period.<p>Often, architectural styles build …

Ancient History

10 UK Christmas Traditions That Confuse Americans

With Christmas just around the corner, it can feel like a time to celebrate togetherness and put aside our differences. But what about the …

There Is a Secret To Great Sex In Long-term Relationships...And It's Not Role Play

It is possible to keep the spark for many, many years.<p>No role play needed. While getting freaky in the bedroom may seem like the answer for couples …

How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

Clint Eastwood

Out of South Africa: how politics animated the art of William Kentridge

A new series of shows in the UK reveal how Kentridge uses drawings, film, sculpture, tapestry and performance to probe the history of art and South Africa’s past<p>By his own admission, South African artist William Kentridge’s career got off to a slow start. Even by the time he was in his mid-40s and …

Art

The Precarious State Of Logo Design

Branding launches have morphed into a design industry telenovela. Here’s how firms are adapting.<p>Three weeks ago the Metropolitan Museum of Art—known colloquially and now formally as “the Met”—unveiled a new logo and identity system designed by the international firm Wolff Olins. The response from …

Graphic Design

Forgotten fairytales slay the Cinderella stereotype

Stories lost in Bavarian archive for 150 years and newly translated into English offer surprisingly modern characters<p>• The Turnip Princess, by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth<p>Once upon a time … the fairytales you thought you knew had endings you wouldn’t recognise. A new collection of German folk stories …

Early Japanese Animations: The Origins of Anime (1917-1931)

Japanese animation, AKA anime, might be filled with large-eyed maidens, way cool robots, and large-eyed, way cool maiden/robot hybrids, but it often …