Abstract art is a wonderful form, beset by confusion. Sure, it looks good and all, but what exactly are we looking at? We tasked Anne Spencer to fill in the mental gaps.
As we watch Zimbabwe tear itself apart, our extended history indicates that the worse things get, the better the art we produce becomes.
The power couple is a long-running social concept. However, only in the literary sphere do they do it properly. In fact, their love enabled the production of true classics.
For numerous and varied excuses, the achievements of women are lost to history. However, we’ve found two that deserve their day in the sun. Fair’s fair.
The saxophone has endless appeal, so to honour it, we thought we’d wrap our lips around it. You know where I’m going with this, daddy-o.
Sometimes, the mud sticks. Welsh poet Dylan Thomas will be forever known as a man who expired with a bottle in hand, but his final act belies his genius.
Alexander may have been the blueprint for the overachieving smug millennial of today. But what did he do that was so great?
For many, ‘Mack the Knife’ is a song that been covered to death. The truth, however, is far darker. And yes, it involves death.
The legacy of a famous father is usually a death sentence for the son. However, there are exceptions to the rule.
Much more than just France’s first Oscar winner, Simone Signoret’s steadfast activism saw her become the example the morally conscious movie stars of today follow.
Fiction tends to pull inspiration from something far stranger – reality. In fact, even the most famous fictional characters were cobbled together from relative nobodies. Elementary, innit.
Culinary fare in Cinema is a subtle dish, whether used to bring people together, or drive them apart. That, and it looks far better than the food we sneak in to view it.
While necessity is the mother of invention, we don’t necessarily honour the right man who fathered it.
Anthropomorphism is a long standing part of fiction. From the hare and the tortoise to Disney’s Zootopia, giving human thoughts and feelings to animals is a time-honoured tradition, in spite of its critics. Long may it reign.
The modern-day take on the Gladiator places him as a slave fighting alongside brothers to escape. The reality is entirely different. They were well funded, popular and rather egocentric.
It’s a familiar tale. Woman sleeps with a man, his wife finds out and turns her weave into a bed of asps. I’m thinking Medusa should sue Jerry Springer.
Madama Butterfly articulates the tryst between a handsome naval captain and a young Japanese girl. A match made somewhere, but it sure wasn’t heaven.
While Hollywood digs a good murder story, it pales in comparison to the love felt when it happens for real. What a town.
Selfish, destructive, morally questionable. While J.D. Salinger gave us The Catcher in the Rye, he also left us with a question. How fine is the line between the love of their work and hate of the artist?
We spoke to Jessica Tovey about the complexities of playing not only a Shakespearean role, but his most honoured and nuanced female character, Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
Today marks 48 years since Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong and Aldrin took that famous small step for all of us. The grip of wonder and confusion still holds me, as it did in 1969.
Love, as the movies told us, means never having to say you’re sorry. I’m sorry, but there are some romantic examples in movies that make me want to weep, and then die.