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17 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Some are new, some are staff favorites, but all are terrific—and you’ll love at least one.<p>If Oddball Families Make You Smile<p><b>The People We Hate at the</b> …

Dali's enigma, Picasso's protest: the most important artworks of the 1930s

For surrealists, modernists and montagists alike, it was a labyrinth of monsters and physical horrors: no decade has ever been so lucidly portrayed by its artists<p>What the Great Depression reveals about our future<p>Salvador Dalí’s The Enigma of Hitler is a ghostly farewell to the 1930s. Painted in the …

Art

Klimt Painting Bauerngarten Reminds Us Why We Love Flowers in Art

March 4, 2017<p>Eli Anapur is a pseudonym of Biljana Puric. A staff writer and editor at Widewalls, Biljana holds Master’s Degrees in Film Aesthetics …

F. Scott Fitzgerald quotes, in honor of his birthday

Legendary author F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose stories of Jazz Age glamour and Lost Generation disillusionment are classics of American literature, died …

Literature

A Dangerous Mind: The Tragic Circumstances That Made Artist Issa Ibrahim A Killer

In 1990, in the midst of a schizophrenic break, Issa Ibrahim killed his mother. Two decades on, he’s a prolific artist and author who told The Daily …

A computer has made a Rembrandt painting and it's perfect

Rembrandt may have died in 1669 but his artistic legacy lives on thanks in part to a new piece of work created with computer data, instead of the artist’s hands.<p>Revealed in the Netherlands, ‘The Next Rembrandt‘ is the result of an 18-month project undertaken by a group of art historians, along with …

Art

Astronaut Capt Scott Kelly's year in space

<b>The longest-serving American astronaut in space is returning to Earth after living on board the International Space Station for 340 days.</b><p>While there, Capt Scott Kelly shared fantastic images of our planet via Twitter and Instagram, as well as videos documenting everyday life in space.<p>Capt Kelly's …

Six decades of Egyptian history in six movies

<b>As Egyptians protest against their government, the army dismisses the head of state and takes charge, promising to honour the wishes of the people. But, partly to check the rise of Islamists, it soon assumes sweeping powers.</b><p>The revolution of 1952 foreshadowed the events that followed the Arab …

Orhan Pamuk and Elif Shafak: Istanbul, city of dreams and nightmares

Istanbul is the name of a city and the name of an illusion. In reality, there is no such thing as Istanbul. There are only Istanbuls – competing, clashing and somehow coexisting within the same congested space. That is one of the themes I want to talk about with Orhan Pamuk, the winner of the Nobel …

Literature

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse review – ravishing visions

Renoir painted Monet painting his garden in 1873. The two pictures hang next to each other at the start of this exhibition. With their abundance of red dahlias and creamy clouds, their blue-shuttered houses and soft summer light, each painting looks remarkably like the other – except that where …

Art

Experience a Salvador Dalí Painting in Virtual Reality

If you’ve ever wanted to explore a Salvador Dalí painting in all its trippy, dream-like glory, a new virtual reality installation at The Dalí Museum …

At First His Friends Thought He Was Crazy For Buying a Dirty Garage To Live In...Then He Remodeled It.

Much like an old speakeasy known only by word of mouth, the owner of this tiny house prefers it remain more or less hidden from scrutiny. That area …

Real Estate

Architecture Doesn’t Need Rebuilding, It Needs More Thoughtful Critics

In the last few weeks, a number of reactionary architectural commentators have come out of the woodwork to denounce what they see as the currently …

Christmas books 2015: the best for the armchair traveller

<b>A Traveller’s Year: 365 Days of Travel Writing in Diaries, Journals and Letters</b><br>Compiled by Travis Elborough and Nick Rennison (Frances Lincoln, £25)<p>Here’s a departure: a travel anthology organised not by region, mode of transport or manner of writing but by the date when the entry was written. That …

Books

This holiday season, 34 long reads to explore

You’ve made it: your belly is full, and you’re now sitting on the couch with a glass of scotch in hand.<p>You now have a few hours to kill, so here’s a list of incredible features published this year – on this site and elsewhere – which we think are not to be missed. You will find tales of sorrow and …

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