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Behind the Story: Racked Gets the Full Report on Fast Fashion

<b>Publication:</b> Racked<p><b>Story:</b> “Is British Fast Fashion Too Fast?”<p><b>Reporter:</b> Chavie Lieber<p><i>Fast fashion is transforming the shopping landscape. New items are made quickly and adapted to fit user wants in real time, and brands are impacting local and international economies, not to mention the environment.</i> …

In Canada, Where Muslims Are Few, Group Stirs Fear of Islamists

STONEHAM-ET-TEWKESBURY, Quebec — Patrick Beaudry, bejeweled, tattooed and bearded, lives on a remote wooded hillside in rural Quebec, worrying about living under Shariah law.<p>A year and a half ago, he huddled with two friends in a Quebec maple sugar shack, discussing how to stop the spread of what …

Nightclub shuttered in Tunisia after Berlin DJ remixes Muslim call to prayer

British DJ Dax J has apologized for his use of the religious song in a set at the Orbit Festival in Tunisia. He received over 200 death threats and …

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

Italian authorities disrupt scheme to steal Enzo Ferrari’s body and hold it for ransom

By Ben Guarino<p>Ben Guarino<p>Reporter covering biology, genetics, nature, paleontology and the culture of science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Enzo Ferrari, the legend of Italian automotive manufacturing, died in 1988 at age 90. It marked the end of a lifetime devoted to constructing fabulously fast and expensive …

Enzo Ferrari

Europe's treatment of child refugees 'risks increasing radicalisation threat'

Highly critical report from Council of Europe says current system is unable to cope with sheer number of children fleeing conflict<p>Europe’s “abysmal” treatment of refugee children, who have made up about a third of those seeking asylum on the continent over the last two years, will increase the …

Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s Travels in California, 1961

By Lawrence Ferlinghetti September 18, 2015<p>On Travel<p><i>Soda fountains, rest stops, barber shops, motels: Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s California travel journals, 1961.</i><p>A drawing by Ferlinghetti.<p>TIRED OF THE FOG AND COLD? COME TO CALIFORNIA’S RIVIERA—<br>Sailing, Water Skiing, Swimming, Seaside Dining— <br>A DESERT …

San Francisco

Paris Review - Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39

Interviewed by Ronald Christ<p>Issue 40, Winter-Spring 1967<p>Jorge Luis Borges. Photographer unknown.<p>This interview was conducted in July 1966, in conversations I held with Borges at his office in the Biblioteca Nacional, of which he is the director. The room, recalling an older Buenos Aires, is not …

Paris Review - Philip Larkin, The Art of Poetry No. 30

Interviewed by Robert Phillips<p>Issue 84, Summer 1982<p>“Temperamentally and geographically remote,” the <i>Times Literary Supplement</i> wrote of Philip Larkin, “he has refused almost all invitations to judge, recite, review, lecture, pontificate, or to be interviewed.”<p>When the notion of securing a <i>Paris Review</i> …

Paris Review - Elena Ferrante, Art of Fiction No. 228

Interviewed by Sandro and Sandra Ferri<p>Issue 212, Spring 2015<p>Notes from Elena Ferrante’s final revisions to <i>The Story of the Lost Child</i>.<p>Over the past ten years, the translation into English of Elena Ferrante’s ­novels—including <i>Troubling Love</i>, <i>The Days of Abandonment</i>, <i>The Lost Daughter</i>, and the first …

Paris Review - Kazuo Ishiguro, The Art of Fiction No. 196

Interviewed by Susannah Hunnewell<p>Issue 184, Spring 2008<p>Ishiguro in 2005.<p>The man who wrote <i>The Remains of the Day</i> in the pitch-perfect voice of an English butler is himself very polite. After greeting me at the door of his home in London’s Golders Green, he immediately offered to make me tea, though …

Paris Review - Elie Wiesel, The Art of Fiction No. 79

Interviewed by John S. Friedman<p>Issue 91, Spring 1984<p>Elie Wiesel grants few interviews. This conversation took place in 1978, during two sessions at his apartment a few months before his fiftieth birthday. Through the open windows of his book-filled study, breezes carried the sounds of Manhattan …

96% of the brains in an NFL study tested positive for disease

A new study released by the department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University found that 87 of 91 deceased NFL players who were tested were found to have the brain disease CTE.<p>The NFL released this statement on the study:<p>"We are dedicated to making football safer and continue to take steps to …

Priest discovers 'secret' family connection in ...

Refugees heading for UK set up camp in new 'Little Calais'

Migrants try to reach England from French ferry ports other than Calais, where security has been tightened<p>Migrants frustrated by better security in Calais are trying to cross the Channel from other French ferry ports such as Ouistreham and Dieppe where there are fewer police checks.<p>Romain Bail, the …

Paris Review - Paul Auster, The Art of Fiction No. 178

Interviewed by Michael Wood<p>Issue 167, Fall 2003<p>In 1985, after seventeen New York publishers had rejected <i>City of Glass</i>, the lead novella in The New York Trilogy, it was published by Sun and Moon Press in San Francisco. The other two novellas, <i>Ghosts</i> and <i>The Locked Room</i>, came out the next year. Paul …

Paris Review - Truman Capote, The Art of Fiction No. 17

Interviewed by Pati Hill<p>Issue 16, Spring-Summer 1957<p>Sketch by Rosalie Seidler, 1957.<p>Truman Capote lives in a big yellow house in Brooklyn Heights, which he has recently restored with the taste and elegance that is generally characteristic of his undertakings. As I entered he was head and shoulders …

Paris Review - Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by Peter H. Stone<p>Issue 82, Winter 1981<p>Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A low …

Paris Review - Derek Walcott, The Art of Poetry No. 37

Interviewed by Edward Hirsch<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>Derek Walcott, ca. 2012. Photograph Jorge Mejía Peralta<p>I went to visit Derek Walcott on his home island of St. Lucia in mid-June, 1985. St. Lucia is one of the four Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, a small mountainous island that faces the …

Loved the Ocean, Lived in the Desert, and Other News

• The poet Cynthia Macdonald has died at eighty-seven. Hayden Carruth praised her “light sardonic touch”; her poems sometimes drew on her career as a psychoanalyst, in which her specialty was, appropriately enough, writer’s block. “All people who really want to write and can’t, or who really need to …

Philips solves Hue’s biggest problem with new dimmer switch

Philips continues to expand its popular Hue lineup of ingenious lighting products with the introduction of its first wireless dimmer. The four-button (on/off, dim up/down) dimmer can be stuck to the wall just like the Hue Tap wireless switch. And like Tap, it can be popped out of the wall plate for …

Paris Review - Anthony Burgess, The Art of Fiction No. 48

Interviewed by John Cullinan<p>Issue 56, Spring 1973<p>Much of the interview was conducted through an exchange of letters from June 1971 until the summer of 1972. On December 2, 1972, a portion of the interview was taped at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies of the University of Wisconsin. …

Russian court sentences Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov to 20 years for 'terrorism'

The Ukrainian film-maker has been given hard labour as punishment following his controversial trial marred by allegations of torture and coercion<p>Oleg Sentsov, the Ukrainian film-maker held in Russia on terror charges, has been sentenced to 20 years hard labour in a case decried by human rights …

Russia

Running of the Bulls

Fighting

Running of the bulls: 2 injured in Spain in 4th bull run

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Two people were injured as thousands of people tested their bravery and speed by dashing alongside six fighting bulls in the …

First Vatican child abuse trial places former nuncio in dock

The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.<p>The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski …

Dominican Republic

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: PR<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/29/1430317190751/9d096a31-f282-4133-8779-85a6d357bda0-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>84<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/29/1430317191028/9d096a31-f282-4133-8779-85a6d357bda0-140x84.jpeg<p>140<p>…

Festivals

Paris Review - Umberto Eco, The Art of Fiction No. 197

Interviewed by Lila Azam Zanganeh<p>Issue 185, Summer 2008<p>The first time I called Umberto Eco, he was sitting at his desk in his seventeenth-century manor in the hills outside Urbino, near the Adriatic coast of Italy. He sang the virtues of his <i>bellissima</i> swimming pool, but suspected I might have …