Culture: The New Review Magazine – Dec 4, 2022

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@ObsNewReview – December 4, 2022 issue:

American photographer Nan Goldin on conquering her opioid addiction and taking on the Sackler dynasty Interview by Sean O’Hagan.

On my radar: @davidshrigley

What broke Made.com? by @ameliargh

Does religious faith lead to a happier life? By @d_a_robson

Q&A with @aj_vasan by @AmmarKalia2

And our critics on the week’s arts highlights

Aerial Views: Mont Saint-Michel In France (6K UHD)

Mont-Saint-Michel, rocky islet and famous sanctuary in Manche  départementNormandy régionFrance, off the coast of Normandy. It lies 41 miles (66 km) north of Rennes and 32 miles (52 km) east of Saint-Malo. Around its base are medieval walls and towers above which rise the clustered buildings of the village with the ancient abbey crowning the mount. One of the more popular tourist attractions in France, Mont-Saint-Michel was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.

Mont-Saint-Michel is almost circular (about 3,000 feet [900 metres] in circumference) and consists of a granite outcrop rising sharply (to 256 feet [78 metres]) out of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay (between Brittany and Normandy). Most of the time it is surrounded by vast sandbanks and becomes an island only when the tides are very high. Before the construction of the 3,000-foot causeway that connects the island to land, it was particularly difficult to reach because of quicksand and very fast-rising tides. The causeway, however, has become a barrier to the removal of material by the tides, resulting in higher sandbanks between the islet and the coast.

Preview: Science News Magazine – Dec 3, 2022

Cover of the December 3, 2022 issue

@ScienceNewsDecember 3, 2022 issue:

Artemis missions will usher in a new, more diverse crew of astronauts

Space agencies are preparing to send the next generation of astronauts to the moon and beyond. Here’s how the next crews will be different from the last ones.

Some harlequin frogs — presumed extinct — have been rediscovered

A new treatment for debilitating nightmares offers sweeter dreams

Shakespeare & Company: ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Special 2022 Edition

@Shakespeare_Co Podcast, December 2, 2022: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Special Podcast! To celebrate our exclusive S&Co edition of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Adam is joined by Krista Halverson, S&Co Publishing Director, and artist @neiljgower to discuss this classic of French literature.

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Home & Kitchen Design: Queens Park, Sydney

Designing a modern house for a young family, Pohio Adams Architect has introduced space, light and robust materials to provide the clients with a home that would last for years.

Video timeline: 00:00 – Introduction to The Modern House 00:29 – The Architects and The Location 00:49 – A 1980s House Renovation 01:10 – The Brief 01:29 – A Walkthrough The House 02:22 – Reinstating The Original Details 02:33 – A Simple Material Palette 03:09 – Creating a Functional Home 03:21 – The Full Suite of Fisher & Paykel Appliances 03:48 – The Design of The Appliances 04:25 – The Park Setting and Views 05:08 – Working in Heritage Areas with Heritage Houses 05:40 – The Transformation of The House

Beginning the house tour from the Centennial Park entrance, the architect has reinvigorated the two formal living rooms with coffered ceilings and, where needed, has replicated the missing cornices throughout the interior architecture. Alongside this, the master bedroom has been imbued with privacy and given a luxuriously proportioned ensuite. Throughout Queens Park House, the architect has continued to infuse a fundamental connection to the gardens while also introducing a wealth of light. Responding to the client’s desire to connect to the surroundings, Pohio Adams Architects has opened the rear of the house with a series of French doors. Established to create a visual connection, the French doors enhance the modernisation of the interior while also connecting to the backyard and pool. By positioning the key living areas at the rear – the kitchen, dining and living spaces – the architect has introduced open plan living for the family’s dream home. Additionally, when designing a modern house, the architect has implemented an extra powder room and scullery laundry that sits just off the kitchen. Throughout designing a modern house, the architect has chosen black timber floors to showcase a continuity from the old parts of the home into the new. Simple oak joinery has also been employed through the main living spaces to provide a robustness and comfort to the living areas, while aged brass is used for detailing and hardware. Emphasising the home’s modern renovations, handmade Moroccan tiles have been placed in the bathrooms and kitchen. Offering comfort and warmth, the interior design connects to the exterior through material and architectural choices made by the architects when designing a modern house. To complement the interior when designing a modern house, Pohio Adams Architects has used a full suite of Fisher & Paykel appliances – including an integrated French door fridge and a kitchen island, which includes a cool drawer and full stack dishwasher, a gas cooktop, ovens and extractor hood. Following a long-standing working relationship with Fisher & Paykel, the architect has employed the brand’s appliances throughout the home to directly respond to the client’s desire to enhance the way they live for years to come.

Reviews: ‘The Week In Art’

As Art Basel returns to Florida for the 20th anniversary of its Miami Beach art fair, Aimee Dawson, the acting digital editor at The Art Newspaper, talks to Anny Shaw, the acting art market editor, about the sales, news and talking points at the event that has become most synonymous with art-world excess.

December 2, 2022: Meanwhile, after Arts Council England announced its funding allocation in November, arts organisations across the country, and especially in London, are reeling. Ben Luke talks to Jenni Lomax, the former director of the Camden Art Centre—the north London non-profit gallery whose funding has been cut by more than 30%. They discuss the effect of the cuts, and why the response from the visual arts community is relatively quiet compared to the uproar in the worlds of theatre and opera.

And this episode’s Work of the Week is Oleksandr Bohomazov’s Sharpening the Saws (1927), a work from the National Art Museum of Ukraine in Kyiv. The painting is among a host of works moved from the war-torn country to the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid for the exhibition In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s. Katia Denysova, the co-curator of the show, tells us about the picture, and the extraordinary journey it took from Kyiv to the Spanish capital.Art Basel in Miami Beach until 3 December.In the Eye of the Storm: Modernism in Ukraine, 1900-1930s, Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Madrid, until 30 April 2023. 

Preview: New York Times Magazine – Dec 4, 2022

Photo illustration by Todd St. John.

@NYTMagDecember 4, 2022 issue:

Where Does All the Cardboard Come From? I Had to Know.

Entire forests and enormous factories running 24/7 can barely keep up with demand. This is how the cardboard economy works.

‘Avatar’ and the Mystery of the Vanishing Blockbuster

It was the highest-grossing film in history, but for years it was remembered mainly for having been forgotten. Why?

After Covid, Playing Trumpet Taught Me How to Breathe Again

The benefits of group (music) therapy.

Tom Stoppard Fears the Virus of Antisemitism Has Been Reactivated

Previews: The Progressive Magazine – December 2022

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@theprogressive Magazine December 2022/January 2023:

Revitalizing America’s News Deserts

The devastating loss of local news outlets is a crisis for democracy. We can still fix it.

Edge of Sports: The World Cup of Shame

Qatar’s event is a human rights disaster—and a spectacle of sportswashing in an age of capitalist decay.

Big Brother at the Border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is searching, downloading, and storing electronic data from thousands of travelers’ devices each year without a warrant.

360° View Travel: Cancun In Southwestern Mexico

AirPano VR – Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula bordering the Caribbean Sea, is known for its beaches, numerous resorts and nightlife. It’s composed of 2 distinct areas: the more traditional downtown area, El Centro, and Zona Hotelera, a long, beachfront strip of high-rise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants. Cancun is also a famed destination for students during universities’ spring break period. 

News: Ukraine & Russia Military Moves, Letter Bombs In Spain, Croatia

December 2, 2022: The pullback by Ukraine’s military in the south of the country. Also, letter bombs sent to high profile targets in Spain. Croatia becomes the 20th member of the Euro Zone.