IN THEORY, “Pride” is a comedy drama based on a true story, but after a while it stops being a film and turns into a hen party: a raucous, disco-soundtracked excuse to dance, drink cocktails and stagger around, guffawing at vaguely rude jokes. This transformation may or may not be a good thing, depending on your perspective. What’s interesting about it is th […]
THIS week’s technology news is all Apple, all the time. The Californian gadget-maker announced two new iPhones and a new Apple Watch in its long-awaited presentation on Tuesday. But the iPhone was on the mind of your columnist this week for a different reason. A hurried e-mail typed with overlarge fingers on the tiny screen resulted in more than a few typos. […]
FOUR years ago two German film-makers released "Kinshasa Symphony", a documentary about the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste, an ensemble founded in the Congolese capital in 1994. By concentrating on eight of the musicians as they juggled the demands of their daily lives with those of the only symphony orchestra in central Africa, it showed the e […]
A POST on our sister blog, Graphic Detail, looks at auction prices at the very top of the global art market. New research traces the rise of the record amount paid for a work of art at public auction since 1701 and puts forward some reasons for the manner of this increase. The chart is worth a look.
THE dropping of David Mitchell’s newest novel, “The Bone Clocks” is the main surprise on the shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize, which was announced earlier today.Mr Mitchell, who made the six-book shortlist in 2004 with “Cloud Atlas”, had been the bookmakers' favourite to go one better this time with his kaleidoscopic sixth novel. Our reviewer […]
SOUTH KOREANS did not hear Talking Heads' hit album "Burning Down the House" on its release in 1983. American pop was banned in a country that was straining under a military dictatorship. Three years earlier the regime had violently crushed a democratic uprising in Gwangju, a city in the south-west, in which thousands of students and citizens […]
"AUNT MARIANNE" (1965) is one of Gerhard Richter’s most famous paintings. It is based on a photograph of Mr Richter’s then 14-year-old aunt, Marianne Schönfelder, and the artist himself as a baby of four months. Schönfelder, it was discovered in 2005, went on to become one of the victims of the Nazis' murderous "euthanasia programme" […]