Books: The New York Times Book Review – Jan 22, 2023

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The New York Times Book Review – January 22, 2023:

A New Novel Confronts the Scale and Gravity of Climate Change

As catastrophe approaches, Stephen Markley’s “The Deluge” considers its many facets.

A Documentarian Travels the World Asking: ‘Have You Eaten Yet?’

From the Arctic to the Amazon, Cheuk Kwan traces a diaspora through Chinese restaurants owned and operated by immigrant families.

Read Your Way Through Newfoundland

Michael Crummey, an award-winning author whose poetry and prose explore the region and its capital, St. John’s, shares book recommendations, local vocabulary and where to find a good pint.

Arts & Culture: The New Criterion – February 2023

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The New Criterion – February 2023 Issue:

Caesar & the republic  by Adrian Goldsworthy
Otto von Habsburg’s legacy  by Edwin J. Feulner
Garshin: a genius at suffering  by Gary Saul Morson
Saarinen & starchitecture  by Michael J. Lewis


New poems  by Rachel Hadas, Ryan Wilson & Duncan Wu

Culture: The New Review Magazine- January 22, 2023

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The New Review (January 22, 2023) – Maria Pevchikh @pevchikh, right-hand woman to imprisoned Putin critic @navalny, talks to @carolecadwalla.

Our critics’ picks for the Oscars How the science of Covid vaccines may aid the fight against cancer. Plus @WainBright, director Simon Stone & more.

Taiwan Views: Democracy And The Digital World

DW Documentary (January 20, 2023) – For Taiwanese Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang, democracy is itself a technology. This film shines a light on Taiwan’s political history, as well as the country’s contemporary experience of democracy. Taiwan deployed innovative technologies in the battle against Covid-19.

Minister of Digital Affairs Audrey Tang worked with the tech community and civil society to successfully stem the spread of the virus. This was partly due to citizens’ direct involvement in the solving of political problems. Taiwan is rethinking democracy. Digital applications and new technologies are having a democratizing impact.

A look back at Taiwan’s recent history makes it clear how the World Wide Web plays a crucial role in the fight for democracy. The documentary also focuses on Taiwan’s desire for national sovereignty and civil rights. It also considers the threat posed by China, which views the democratic island of Taiwan as part of the People’s Republic and is pursuing plans to annex the territory.

Design: ‘3 Scenes of Home’ – A Rotating Micro-Cabin

3 scenes of home: this micro-cabin  by Studio Supra-Simplicities theatrically rotates to optimize flexibility of living
The three scenes of the home | all images by Studio Supra-Simplicities

designboom (January 20, 2023) – In a swiftly rotating display, this micro-scale cabin shifts its program on its axis to integrate three different ‘scenes’ of living on one small platform. Studio Supra-Simplicities conceptualizes ‘3 Scenes of Home’ to compactly integrate spaces for sleeping, dining, and washing into one mechanism that marks a sophisticated integration between the typical house program and the theatrical function of a stage.

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Removing the need for unnecessary circulation spaces and infusing a distinctive dynamic character, the structure maximizes its internal mobility and flexibility of living, while sitting with a micro footprint. It minimizes external impact by covering only a tiny parcel on the natural landscape, and recycling rainwater for daily use through its rooftop harvesting system.

Reviews: ‘The Week In Art’

January 20, 2023: Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in Tokyo are the subject of a legal claim in the US relating to Nazi loot.

The Art Newspaper’s London correspondent and resident Van Gogh expert Martin Bailey tells us why Sunflowers (1888-89) is at the centre of the dispute, 35 years after it was sold for a record price at auction, and why the heirs of the German Jewish banker Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who owned it until the 1930s, now value it at a staggering $250m.

Our editor-at-large Georgina Adam has just returned from Singapore, where the first Art SG art fair took place last week. How successful was this new event in the art market calendar, and what does it tell us about Singapore’s ambitions to become an art hub?

And this episode’s Work of the Week is Portraits in a Chinese Studio, a photographic work by the artist Grace Lau. In the project, which marks Chinese New Year, Lau is subverting the tradition of colonial 19th-century portrait studios in a shopping centre in Southampton on the south coast of the UK.Grace Lau: Portraits in a Chinese Studio, Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton, UK, 21 January-12 February

Culture: New York Times Magazine- January 22, 2023

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The New York Times Magazine – January 20, 2023:

Selling False Hope in India’s Cram City

In Kota, students from across the country pay steep fees to be tutored for elite-college admissions exams — which most of them will fail.

Cockfighting Is Illegal in the U.S. Why Does It Breed so Many Fighting Birds?

A rescued rooster named Twister at Vine Sanctuary in Vermont. The staff members there say he has two speeds: mellow and 100 miles per hour.

The long tradition of American game-fowl breeding has produced some of the world’s most coveted roosters.

A rescued rooster named Twister at Vine Sanctuary in Vermont. The staff members there say he has two speeds: mellow and 100 miles per hour .Credit…Andres Serrano for The New York Times

This Soup Is Yotam Ottolenghi’s Comfort Food

In this soup, lamb meatballs and semolina dumplings come with a zest of history.

Research Preview: Science Magazine- January 20, 2023

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Science Magazine – January 20, 2023 issue:

Stem cell factors reverse signs of aging in mice

Will reprogramming technique one day help people?

Light pollution is skyrocketing

Data from citizen scientists reveal a worrying growth in light pollution over the past decade

Pirates and politics

An anthropologist argues that experimental communities in Madagascar influenced the European Enlightenment

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Front Page: The New York Times – January 20, 2023

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America Hit Its Debt Limit, Setting Up Bitter Fiscal Fight

The Treasury Department said it would begin a series of accounting moves to keep the U.S. from breaching its borrowing cap and asked Congress to raise or suspend the limit.

The End of California’s Rainy Season

In the midst of a severe drought, the state’s reservoirs and snowpacks remain at dismally low levels.

Supreme Court Says It Hasn’t Identified Person Who Leaked Draft Abortion Opinion

The leak of the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, published by Politico in May, was an extraordinary breach of the court’s usual secrecy.

‘Will We Keep Marching?’ On Roe’s 50th Anniversary, Abortion Opponents Reach a Crossroads

The March for Life, held each year for a half-century, should be a celebration now that Roe v. Wade has fallen. Instead, anti-abortion activists are split over what comes next.