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The story of a painting that fought fascism

Opening during the Spanish Civil War, the 1937 Paris Exhibition allowed artists to speak out against brutality. Fiona Macdonald looks at a moment when paintings became propaganda.<p>On 26 April 1937, Nazi German and Italian bombers attacked the Basque city of Guernica. Over the course of three hours, …

A brush with art: Anka Muhlstein on Zola, Proust and the painters they knew best

In her new book, the Goncourt Prize-winning historian turns her attention to French 19th-century novelists and how they saw a century of great painting<p>In her new book, Anka Muhlstein includes a quote that could annihilate her whole project in a puff of ink and paint. It’s from the art criticism of …

Art

The Bitter Legal Battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s Blockbuster Art Collection

Almost four decades after her death, Peggy Guggenheim is the central figure in a continuing art-world imbroglio: the seemingly endless legal battle by some of her descendants over her superlative 20th-century art collection—and the Venetian palazzo housing it—she left to her uncle’s foundation. …

15 Of The Most Anticipated Poetry Collections Of 2017

With one of the most intense years of my lifetime (and possibly yours) winding down, and as we all barrel headfirst into an unknown, unpredictable, …

In ‘Whitman’s Descendants,’ photographing some of America’s greatest living poets

In 1860, writing the third of six editions of his book “Leaves of Grass,” behemoth of American poetry Walt Whitman proclaimed what would follow …

Literature

‘Her story is my story’: How a harsh abortion ban has reignited feminism in Poland

WARSAW — The long-submerged struggle over abortion has abruptly resurfaced in ­Poland after more than a generation, as the failure of a right-wing initiative to impose an outright ban has revitalized the country’s feminist movement.<p>The most hopeful now have their sights on overturning the legal …

The Man Who Created the Middle East by Christopher Simon Sykes – review

A sympathetic biography of the Edwardian diplomat Sir Mark Sykes by his grandson can’t disguise his bumbling role in carving up the Arab world<p><i>The Man Who Created the Middle East</i> is an attempt by Christopher Sykes to overturn “preconceived notions” about his grandfather, Sir Mark Sykes, a man whose …

Mourn. Resist. Organize. These Are Our Tasks Now.

Katrina vanden Heuvel says there’s no denying the magnitude of our defeats, and we need to mourn our losses—but then we have to resist and …

Stop The Stigma On Self-Harm

<i>*Warning- this post may contain triggers*</i><p>I was 17, sat in English class, when my best friend shouted across the classroom "Have you been cutting …

Women Will Be the Ones to Save America from Trump

Thanks to decades of feminist groundwork, women across the country are poised not just to elect the country's first female president, but to reject misogynistic policies that have denied them benefits.<p>If Hillary Clinton wins the election on Tuesday and saves America from the perils of a Donald …

Robert Frost's "Mending Wall": A Marriage of Poetic Form and Content

Activity 1. Reading Frost Aloud<p>To enhance the poem visually, first show students pictures of the actual stone wall about which Frost writes in …

Paris Review - Henry Miller, The Art of Fiction No. 28

Interviewed by George Wickes<p>Issue 28, Summer-Fall 1962<p>Henry Miller: Self portrait.<p>In 1934, Henry Miller, then aged forty-two and living in Paris, published his first book. In 1961 the book was finally published in his native land, where it promptly became a best-seller and a cause célèbre. By now …

Paris Review - Writing My Struggle: An Exchange

James Wood & Karl Ove Knausgaard<p>Issue 211, Winter 2014<p><i>Last September in Oslo, the</i> New Yorker <i>critic James Wood conducted a public interview with the ­novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard as part of the third annual Norwegian-American Literary Festival. Their audience filled the main auditorium of</i> …

Beyond Bob Dylan: authors, poets and musicians pick their favourite songwriter

Dylan’s Nobel prize win sparked a debate about lyrics as literature. Here, Andrew Motion, Carol Ann Duffy, Johnny Marr, Naomi Alderman and others nominate songwriters whose verse has the power of poetry<p>Dylan’s Nobel laureateship has proved controversial – which was presumably a part of the reason …

Athens 1944: Britain’s dirty secret

Photograph: Crown Copyright. IWM/Imperial War Museum<p>Commanding presence: Churchill leaving HMS Ajax to attend a conference ashore. Athens can be seen in the …

Albert Camus’ The Plague: a story for our, and all, times | Ed Vulliamy

The fascist ‘plague’ that inspired the novel may have gone, but 55 years after his death, many other varieties of pestilence keep this book urgently relevant<p>Few writers kept their work as close to the subject of death as did Albert Camus, one of the greatest novelists and essayists of the 20th …

Top 10 refugees' stories

The current trauma of displaced people on the move in Europe is nothing new, and accounts of forced migration have been told since the earliest times. These are some of the best<p>There’s a paradox inherent in the many and varied experiences of refugees. Their journeys over thousands of miles – epic …

The philosopher Kant might have been skeptical of modern Mindfulness

June 11, 2015 by Justin Whitaker<p>One of the great joys of doing philosophy is drawing the great minds of the past into contemporary conversations. <b>As</b> …

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come …

Before Marvel and DC: Superheroes of the ancient world

Comic book tales of masked do-gooders now dominate cinemas, but these stories are not new – in fact, they have their origins in antiquity, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>Over the past few years, even the most ardent comic book nerd might have wondered if there were too many superhero movies playing in the …

Alice Oswald and Vahni Capildeo nominated for 2016 TS Eliot Prize

Alice Oswald, Vahni Capildeo and Ian Duhig are among the nominees for the £20,000 TS Eliot Prize, Britain's highest-paying poetry award.<p>Capildeo's shortlisted book, Measures of Expatriation, won the 2016 Forward Prize for Best Collection last month. The Trinidad-born writer's seventh collection …

Irish poet who wrote about rape ordeal hits back at online trolls

Alvy Carragher posts YouTube video that uses words of her abuser to highlight persistent trolling of female writers<p>An Irish poet has debuted a poem on YouTube that hits back at people who abused her online after she wrote about her experience of being raped.<p>Alvy Carragher, who represented Ireland …

Ewan McGregor’s American Pastoral takes on Philip Roth masterpiece

Call it the Roth Problem: Brainy writers and directors fall in love with Philip Roth's novels – their boxes-within-boxes structure, their dense thickets of ideas, their soaring wordiness. And then they struggle to make movies from them, because, well, boxes-within-boxes structure, dense thickets of …

Why Caravaggio was as shocking as his paintings

Caravaggio’s revolutionary style influenced everyone from modern photographers to Scorsese – but his life was just as provocative as his paintings, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>Is any artist’s biography more compelling than the life of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)? He …

The great women artists that history forgot

Museums and galleries around the world are unearthing the work of great female artists who have been neglected or marginalised, writes Cath Pound.<p>“Why have there been no great women artists?” the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin famously asked in her landmark 1971 essay. The point was of course …

The Arts

This Radical Feminist Poem Is Now a Giant-Ass Art Installation

The explosive poem inspired by Eileen Myles's run for president arrives just in time for the election.<p>On September 11, 1991, poet and activist Eileen Myles sent out a letter formally announcing her run for president as an "openly female" candidate. This was in the midst of the first iteration of …

Some Rain Must Fall by Karl Ove Knausgaard review – the crucible of his struggle

The fifth and penultimate volume in the Norwegian author’s My Struggle cycle feels like epicentre of a thoroughly absorbing series<p>A section divider, roughly a third of the way through <i>Some Rain Must Fall</i>, the penultimate volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s <i>My Struggle</i> cycle, is a reminder, if one were …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 37 – How to Cook a Wolf by MFK Fisher (1942)

American culinary icon MFK Fisher was one of the first writers to use food as a cultural metaphor, describing the sensual pleasures of the table with elegance and passion<p>To WH Auden, in 1963, she was America’s “greatest writer”. The poet declared, “I do not know of anyone in the United States who …

Literature

Michel Houellebecq Defends His Controversial New Novel

By Sylvain Bourmeau January 2, 2015<p>Photo by Sylvain Bourmeau<p><i>It’s 2022, and France is living in fear. The country is roiled by mysterious troubles. Regular episodes of urban violence are deliberately obscured by the media. Everything is covered up, the public is in the dark … and in a few months the</i> …

Paris Review - Robert Caro, The Art of Biography No. 5

Interviewed by James Santel<p>Issue 216, Spring 2016<p>In his Columbus Circle office, 2013.<p>Since 1976, Robert Caro has devoted himself to <i>The Years of Lyndon Johnson</i>, a landmark study of the thirty-sixth president of the United States. The fifth and final volume, now underway, will presumably cover the …