- Flashbak 16:32August 21, 2019Stickers : More Stuck-Up Crap“The sticker may be the most efficient art form ever invented” – Jeffrey Deitch, 2019 I have an essay in DB Burkeman’s just-published follow-up to his 2010 survey of the use of audacious and eye-catching stickers in art, design, fashion, music and social activism. Subtitled ‘More Stuck-Up Crap’, Stickers Vol 2 is as … Continue reading "Stickers : More Stuck-Up Crap"
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- Guardian 13:17August 21, 2019Top 10 caregivers in fiction | Lila SavageWriters from Alice Munro to Ottessa Moshfegh explore some of life’s most gruelling experiences in ways that build in survival toolsShortly before the publication of my first novel, I learned that my mother’s cancer had returned. I am not yet her caregiver but I have cared for folks with cancer before – and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and other afflictions, mostly of old age. I worked as a professional companion for elderly people for nearly nine years before I began writing about my caregiving work in the form of Say Say Say – the story of young woman who cares for a woman with a brain injury, and the complex intimacies that emerge within her family as she declines.During that time I thought about why people might want to read work on difficult or dark subjects, but it was largely an abstract consideration. By the time I began reading and rereading for this list my own pre-emptive grieving was well under way. It changed how I experienced the stories; I was startled by the comfort they offered. Certainly my tears were closer to the surface than when I had first encountered these texts, but I felt grateful when the tears came, grateful that the words could pull me outside of my own sadness and into empathy. Continue reading...
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- The New Yorker 12:00August 21, 2019Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of MoralityRachel Cusk on Françoise Sagan’s first two novels, “Bonjour Tristesse” and “A Certain Smile,” and the writer’s interrogation of morality in her works.
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- The New Yorker 12:00August 21, 2019Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our TimeKaty Waldman writes about taxidermy as a symbol of sex, loss, and self-invention in ”Mostly Dead Things,“ by Kristin Arnett; ”On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous,“ by Ocean Vuong; ”The Landlady,” by Roald Dahl; ”Psycho,” by Robert Bloch; and ”Citizen,” by Claudia Rankine.
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- Guardian 17:55August 20, 2019Was Simone de Beauvoir as feminist as we thought?Seventy years after The Second Sex reinvented women’s liberation, her legacy has its contradictions – but it should not be overlookedSimone de Beauvoir is a feminist icon. She didn’t just write the feminist book, she wrote the movement’s bible, The Second Sex. She was an engaged intellectual who combined philosophical and literary productivity with real-world political action that led to lasting legislative change. Her life has inspired generations of women seeking independence, and this was largely attributed to her unconventional relationship with the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, which seemed like a love that didn’t come at the cost of her freedom or professional success.But in the decades since Beauvoir’s death in 1986, several waves of previously unknown letters, diaries and manuscripts have shocked readers who thought they knew her. Her letters to her American lover, Nelson Algren, showed the depth of her passion for another man. Letters to Sartre revealed not only that she had lesbian relationships, but that her lovers were young and her students. There is no doubt now that she hid both significant professional successes and serious moral failings from the story she told in her autobiographies. So what are we to make of the author of The Second Sex, 70 years on from its publication? In light of what she didn’t tell us, was she as feminist as we thought? Continue reading...
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- Guardian 09:00August 20, 2019Does 'the English canon' still shape what we read? – books podcastWhat is the canon of English literature? When did it first emerge and why was it established? Who has challenged it and how has it changed as a result? And does it still make a difference to the books we get to read today? Richard Lea speaks to writers including Penelope Lively, Elaine Showalter, Caryl Philips, Howard Jacobson and Yomi Sode about how this conception of the definitive literary greats has changed over time. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 17:44August 19, 2019The real Mindhunter: do John Douglas's serial-killer theories actually work?The psychological profiling at the heart of Netflix’s acclaimed drama make for great TV but, say experts, it’s better left in the fiction sectionUncork the chianti, serve up the fava beans, have an old friend for dinner: the second season of Mindhunter has returned to Netflix, allowing us to chill with history’s worst serial killers.Plenty of true crime dramas claim that the misdeeds they depict actually happened, just so. But Mindhunter, which stars Jonathan Groff as special agent Holden Ford and Holt McCallany as his partner, Bill Tench, goes further. David Fincher’s series is based on the theories and career of John Douglas, founder of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit and so-called “serial killer whisperer”. Continue reading...
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- The Guardian(UK) 16:00August 19, 2019Professor who quoted James Baldwin's use of N-word cleared by universityPoet Laurie Sheck was investigated for her use of the racial slur, but the New School has now dismissed concernsLaurie Sheck, the poet and professor who was investigated by her university for quoting James Baldwin’s use of the N-word in a graduate class, has been cleared of charges of racial discrimination.After assigning Baldwin’s 1962 essay The Creative Process to her class at the New School in New York, Sheck had asked the students to discuss how the 2016 documentary about the writer and civil rights activist, I Am Not Your Negro, altered Baldwin’s actual quote, in which he had used the racial slur. A graduate student, who, like Sheck, is white, had objected to her language. Continue reading...
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- Guardian 14:24August 19, 2019Not the Booker: Flames by Robbie Arnott review – magic works in a wild TasmaniaA novel where special coffins are required to keep the dead from rising, and river gods vandalise jetskis could be irritating. But here the tricks pay offFlames is a novel that asks for indulgence, from its first sentence: “Our mother returned to us two days after we spread her ashes over Notley Fern Gorge.” This mother, covered in “leafy appendages”, spends a few days moping around the house, morose and silent, before trudging over to the home of her estranged husband and immolating herself on his lawn. Soon we’re following her daughter Charlotte down to the wild southern edge of Tasmania as she flees her brother Levi, who wants to get hold of a special coffin that will prevent Charlotte from also coming back to life after she dies.We also follow Karl, who catches giant “Oneblood” tuna with the help of his buddy – a seal. There’s a river god who is about to be killed by the man Levi has hired to build Charlotte’s coffin, and a hardbitten, gin-hungry female detective Levi has hired to find Charlotte … and so on. Continue reading...
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- Mashable 18:28August 16, 2019Lenovo Chromebook S330 is on sale for $133 off at WalmartTL;DR: Get the speedy Lenovo Chromebook S330 on sale for $166, just in time for back to school shopping. It’s usually priced at $299, so you’ll be saving an impressive $133. Sure, we love MacBooks just as much as the next person. But the thing is, not everyone wants to drop over $1,000 on a laptop — especially with other high-performing, more budget-friendly options out there to get the job done.
Case in point: the convenient Lenovo Chromebook S330. And just in time for checking another crucial item off your back-to-school shopping list, Walmart has it marked down to $166 —a savings of $133 off its usual $299 price tag. Read more...More about Google, Lenovo, Laptop, Chromebooks, and Mashable Shopping
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