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Watch Doug Aitken’s Mirrored Ranch House Transform Over Time

Doug Aitken's 'mirage'. Set into the side of a boulder-strewn mountain, overlooking the point where the city of Palm Springs, Calif., intersects with raw, untouched desert, sits an empty suburban ranch house clad entirely in mirrors — a kind of life-size kaleidoscope that blends landscape and sky. But instead of being an actual home, the structure is an installation called “Mirage” by the artist Doug Aitken. Its angled mirrors refract the sepia ... Full story

Celebrated Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

“You want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you,” Madeleine L’Engle counseled in her advice to aspiring writers . W.H. Auden once described his journal as “a discipline for [his] laziness and lack of observation.”. Journaling, I believe, is a practice that teaches us better than any other the elusive art of solitude — how to be present with our own selves, bear witness to our experience, ... Full story

London, always defiant and determined – cartoon

Chris Riddell on the Westminster attack and the capital’s long history of resistance to terror Full story

Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse Campaigning Again?-The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Comedy Central

At a rally for Donald Trump, Jordan Klepper gets a preview of what to expect during the president's 2020 re-election campaign. Full story

Are These The 20 Most Beautiful Places in the World?

Can you guess what came in as the top beautiful destination in the world? Hint: It's not Paris. (Courtesy of @mary_quincy / Instagram). Who doesn't look at breathtaking travel photos on Instagram and fantasize about visiting the most beautiful places in the world? But just what are the most beautiful places? Depending on the person you ask, the answers could be wildly different: Paris with its iconic skyline, the rugged peaks of Yosemite that ... Full story

Marcus Aurelius on Mortality and the Key to Living Fully

“Death is our friend,” Rilke wrote in an exquisite 1923 letter , “precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love.” And yet one of the defining features of the human condition is that we long for immortality despite inhabiting a universe governed by impermanence . Eighteen centuries before Rilke, the great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius addressed this ... Full story

Physicist David Bohm on Creativity

“The most regretful people on earth,” Mary Oliver wrote in her exquisite meditation on the central commitment of the creative life , “are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.” The past century has sprouted a great many theories of how creativity works and what it takes to master it , and yet its innermost nature remains so nebulous and elusive ... Full story

Icing Bust of President Trump Makes Its Debut at Turkish Chocolate Festival

One of the highlights at a Turkish chocolate festival has been U.S. President Donald Trump — made of cake icing. It took Turkish chef Tuba Geckil two days to make the imposing bust of Trump, clad from mid-torso in an edible jacket and striped tie. Geckil said Saturday she crafts her concoctions after following media coverage and Trump, of course, has been in the news a lot. Her other icing sculptures at the festival at Istanbul's military ... Full story

A must-read for French students: the countess obsessed with secrecy and love

, directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Photograph: Alamy. In 1662 the French noblewoman Madame de La Fayette, published anonymously what is thought to be France’s first modern novel, La Princesse de Montpensier . Drawing on her knowledge of history and experience of Louis XIV’s court, de La Fayette penned a short, complicated tale of love, adultery, jealousy and betrayal that ends in tears and tragedy, set a century before, at the time of the wars ... Full story

What happens when music meets art?

Media playback is unsupported on your device. Collage artist Hayato Takano creates portraits of famous musicians using only sheet music. Video journalist: Suniti Singh. RELATED VIDEO / AUDIO. Henry Moore and Dior - together at last. Getting lost in polka dot infinity. The artist painting with her uncle's ashes Full story

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