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Space Opera is the funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Eurovision in spaaaaaaaaaace!<p>Many authors attempt comedy in science fiction, but few pull it off. Alongside very funny works like John Scalzi’s <i>Redshirts</i> and Terry Pratchett’s entire <i>Discworld</i> series, the pinnacle of hilarious science fiction is Douglas Adams’ <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,</i> …

Science Fiction

Morie

Hiding beauty

Vogue Italia by Kunal Kohli

Faroe Faroe

Ethiopian Photographer Aida Muluneh's Body Painting Pictures Will Stop You In Your Tracks

Aida Muluneh's photographs are showstoppers—quite literally. Combining the shocks of color and crisp geometries of abstract painters like Frank Stella and the disturbing micro-thrills of Man Ray's fashion pictures (see: the mysterious extra pair of hands in slide 2, or the unlikely angle and skin …

Art

Black History Month Poster

By<p>Chris Schweizer<p>Follow for updates on what Chris Schweizer is creating.<p>Black History Month often focuses on the men and women who fought for racial …

'He used to lash himself with his brush when he was angry': artists' models reveal all

From Paula Rego’s au pair to Lucian Freud’s daughter, five sitters explain the discomfort and joy of being a painter’s muse<p>Annie Freud (above) on Lucian Freud<p>I simply love that painting. Great eyebrows, which unfortunately, I’ve lost; I was 14 then. I don’t remember sitting for it, but I know I’m …

Income Tax

New Slave Narrative Tells Story of Woman Who Escaped to Freedom on Underground Railroad

A newly available slave narrative tells the story of a Maryland woman who escaped slavery and traveled the Underground Railroad on a yearslong …

Black History

20+ Fast Subjects Captured Through Creative Lenses

Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best shots showing people or animals running in the Running Photo contest with chances to win …

50 years of circus photography – in pictures

The year 2018 is the 25oth anniversary of the creation of the circus, and Peter Lavery has been photographing behind the scenes across the UK for 50 years. His fascination is with the disparity between the glitz of the shows and the ordinariness backstage. His pictures are the subject of a new …

Manchester

Does Basquiat's work still burn with youthful energy or has it become a fossil of 1980s New York?

When art market money talks these days, it says in effect that Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88) “is one of the most significant painters of the 20th …

From Koons to Kusama, five art films to catch from the Sundance Film Festival

<b>The Price of Everything,</b> a documentary directed by Nathaniel Kahn that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (until 28 January) and …

Create a fast and anatomically correct sketch

The way you approach sketching a character is very important. You shouldn’t be afraid of constant refinement. Here, I will lead you through my …

Meet Portugal's Answer to Banksy

“A simple spark can destroy the foundations of civilization.” Ominous words, but Alexandre Farto, aka Vhils, has built his reputation on unleashing …

Streetwear

Andreas Gursky on the photograph that changed everything: 'It was pure intuition'

It went against all he had been taught. But this image of Salerno harbour was a turning point for the great photographer, paving the way to his epic landscapes<p>It was 1990 and I was out driving with my family, sightseeing in and around Naples. Late in the afternoon, we came across this view over the …

Photojournalism

Fan-Made Voldemort Origin Story Brings the Magic

Tom Riddle (Stefano Rossi), Lazarus Smith (Andrea Bonfanti), Wiglaf Sigurdsson (Andrea Baglio), and Grisha McLaggen (Aurora Moroni) are the heirs to …

Movies

13 Horror Audiobooks That Are Actually Way More Terrifying Than The Written Version

The jury of readers is still out as to whether or not listening to an audiobook is the same as reading a text, but the small differences between the …

Some absolute maniac made an interactive map tracing all the jumps from Quantum Leap

As far as versatile premises for sci-fi shows go, it’s pretty hard to beat <i>Quantum Leap</i>. Each episode found Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) “leaping” …

Die Hard

Beuys the myth, more than the artist, explained in new documentary

When he was active, Joseph Beuys (1921-86) was the art star of post-war Germany. The son of a civil servant, he claimed to have survived a plane …

Art

In pictures: Ron Mueck's biggest-ever installation

Eugene Hyland<p>When it comes to creating resinous sculptural depictions of the human body, showcasing obsessive attention to every pore and follicle, …

Archaeology

Forgotten artists: Joseph Laoutaris

The grandson of Joseph Laoutaris has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the reclusive artist's work as he battles a terminal illness. Largely …

Art

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

<b>1. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)</b> <br>An engrossing account of the looming catastrophe caused by ecology’s “neighbours from hell” – mankind.<p><b>2. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion (2005)</b><br>This steely and devastating examination of the author’s grief following the sudden death of …

Literature

[CLOSED] anCnoc Peatheart Whisky + Competition

It was in February last year we introduced our readers to anCnoc– the whisky brand crafted at the charming Knockdhu Distillery in the heart of the …

The best photographs of 2017 – by the people who shot them

From Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, to the disaster at Grenfell Tower and a seahorse clinging to a cotton bud: photographers describe how they took some of the defining images of 2017. Selection by Sarah Gilbert<p><b>A seahorse grabs on to rubbish in Indonesia</b><br>Justin Hofman<p><b>17 September</b> I’m an expedition …

Native Americans

Peter Doig, Michael Werner Gallery, review: proof that the most significant figurative artist of our time is still very much in the game

Back in the Nineties and early Noughties, when painting appeared to have been rendered obsolete by the dead sharks and unmade beds of YBA conceptualism, Peter Doig was almost alone in creating paintings that were at once bracingly contemporary and rooted in his medium’s rich and complex traditions. …

9 new trailers you should watch this week

I've never really been able to do the whole <i>laughing at bad movies</i> thing. I realize this is a little bit like saying "I don't enjoy fun," but I don't know, I've mostly just found the movies to be bad in a boring kind of way.<p>Point is, I'm not a huge fan of <i>The Room</i>. But I went to see <i>The Disaster …

Movies

Skyler Grey

As the youngest artist ever to be internationally exhibited, 15 year-old Los Angeles-based Skyler Grey is a rising star and one of the newest …

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