In addition, his controversial erotic drawings met with opprobrium; his children's books, having been hugely popular, were banned from the libraries, and allowed to go out of print. He was denounced as a commie and a beatnik – as he puts it, in a heavily accented stage-whisper: "At that time, my European sensibilities weren't appreciated or understood by the Americans." Years later, in London, there was a fuss when an exhibition of his work, having been well received at the Louvre in Paris, moved to the Royal Festival Hall. The controversial aspects not only raised eyebrows but also lowered the curtain on a third of the show. … [Read more...] about Tomi Ungerer, rennaisance man of children’s book illustration
Financialisation has two faces. One is well described in Adair Turner’s Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance, which illustrates how the financial sector basically is providing finance to other parts of the financial sector, aptly called “FIRE” (finance, insurance and real estate). … [Read more...] about Mariana Mazzucato: the best books about the financial market
I first planned out the story during the Easter holidays, while I was accompanying a school trip to France. Easter for me has many memories and associations, all of them French; elaborate carnivals, egg hunts in my great-grandmother’s garden, the exquisite displays in the windows of the confiseries and chocolateries. And the church, always the church: straddling feasting and fasting, paganism and piety with its usual panache. It was inevitable, then, that the book would focus partly on that conflict between indulgence and guilt, motherhood and patriarchy, with chocolate as the central metaphor. … [Read more...] about ‘I was told there was no market for foody books set in rural France’: Joanne Harris on writing Chocolat
What we - I mean, Vladimir and Estragon - really want to do is move on, get past this, get going with our lives. But this business of waiting hangs over us, as it hangs over them. We want to go out, have a meal with friends, sit in a concert hall, go to a bookstore. Not yet, not yet. Estragon implores Vladimir: "Let's go." His friend cautions him: "We can't." Estragon is impatient: "Why not?" Vladimir reminds him: "We're waiting for Godot." … [Read more...] about Book World: Like Vladimir and Estragon, we wait for our Godot. And wait. And wait.
Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Bobby Lopez joined director Casey Nicholaw on stage at the end of the show, and were greeted by a standing ovation. The audience were so excited about the musical that they even gave it a rowsing applause as the curtain was being raised at the start of the evening. … [Read more...] about Newlywed Kate Winslet is among the famous faces at the Book of Mormon press night
Open Culture (opencultu re.com): The repository of open-source material lists links that direct you to sites offering free classics. Listing is alphabetical, so don’t be put off if you see the works of Aeschylus at the top. There’s also Kafka, CS Lewis, George Orwell. The site also lists links to free archives, online courses, lectures and old films. … [Read more...] about Social distancing guide: Turn page after page, for free