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How a Brazilian carnival artiste coped with unemployment in the pandemic by reinventing her craft of stilt-walking
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How a Brazilian carnival artiste coped with unemployment in the pandemic by reinventing her craft of stilt-walking

One of the biggest casualties has been Rio's carnival, which would have been held in February but was cancelled for the first time in 109 years because of the pandemic — leaving the small armies of costume designers, mechanics, choreographers, performers and others who usually prepare the parades out of work.

In new book, historian Elizabeth Hinton unearths racial disturbances, rebellions that have faded from public memory
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In new book, historian Elizabeth Hinton unearths racial disturbances, rebellions that have faded from public memory

America on Fire, which will be published on 18 May by Liveright, comes trailing enthusiastic endorsements from a raft of prominent scholars, including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jill Lepore and Eric Foner. It’s a mark both of the book’s timeliness, and Hinton’s stature as a rising star in a historical profession that is increasingly seeking to understand the explosive growth of the carceral state.

Napoleonic jewels worn by French emperor's daughter sell for $1.65 million in Geneva
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Napoleonic jewels worn by French emperor's daughter sell for $1.65 million in Geneva

Marking the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's death, Christie's auction house sold the nine imperial jewels adorned with sapphires and diamonds, which were from the collection of his adopted daughter Stephanie de Beauharnais.

Montesquieu’s Persian Letters at 300: An Enlightenment story that resonates in a time of culture wars
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Montesquieu’s Persian Letters at 300: An Enlightenment story that resonates in a time of culture wars

Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu — Montesquieu, for short — was an odd sort, an aristocrat with a sympathy for republics and a voracious intellectual appetite.

Haifaa Al-Mansour's The Perfect Candidate offers a rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women
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Haifaa Al-Mansour's The Perfect Candidate offers a rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women

The film's strength lies in the fascinating visual detail that fleshes out a rather formulaic script: the view we get once Saudi women go inside and remove the niqab, whether it’s cooking with family at home or dancing at a gender-segregated wedding.

Oxygen movie review: Mélanie Laurent thrills in Alexandre Aja's sci-fi take on the 'you wake up in a room' trope
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Oxygen movie review: Mélanie Laurent thrills in Alexandre Aja's sci-fi take on the 'you wake up in a room' trope

Oxygen is a thrilling watch, as much for its concept and the questions it raises about what it means to be conscious, as for its exploration of what humans are willing to do to survive.

How a man turned Guatemala's Pacaya volcano into his kitchen, cooking pizza on molten lava
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How a man turned Guatemala's Pacaya volcano into his kitchen, cooking pizza on molten lava

Garcia's kitchen has become a magnet for tourists that work up a appetite climbing the massive volcano located just 25 kilometres south of the capital.

88-year-old artist Robert Seaman finishes year of pandemic ‘daily doodles’
World

88-year-old artist Robert Seaman finishes year of pandemic ‘daily doodles’

Seaman, who has been fully vaccinated since January, says he’ll “probably kick the bucket” before he runs out of ideas.

The Underground Railroad: Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead, how writers chronicled the resistance to slavery
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The Underground Railroad: Toni Morrison to Colson Whitehead, how writers chronicled the resistance to slavery

The Underground Railroad has come to epitomise the abolitionist movement in the American consciousness, as writers compel the country to confront its darkest chapter.

Metropolitan Opera strikes new deal with artists as it gears up to reopen in September
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Metropolitan Opera strikes new deal with artists as it gears up to reopen in September

The deal for the chorus, singers, dancers, actors, stage managers and staff directors would start 1 August, if ratified in a vote scheduled for 24 May. The new contract would start following the expiration of the current contract.

Manoranjan Byapari: At 70, the rickshaw-wallah turned feted writer and MLA, is looking to the future rather than the past
Politics

Manoranjan Byapari: At 70, the rickshaw-wallah turned feted writer and MLA, is looking to the future rather than the past

In the recently-held West Bengal assembly polls, Byapari’s remarkable story took another twist.

How China's elderly influencers are cashing in on the internet to lead a busy, lucrative life after retirement
World

How China's elderly influencers are cashing in on the internet to lead a busy, lucrative life after retirement

China is getting old fast and Beijing is faced with the monumental challenge of how to provide for tens of millions of retirees. But this has also opened opportunities for those who are financially comfortable in their dotage and able to harness the commercial possibilities of technology.

Egyptian archaeologists discover 250 tombs, dating back 4,200 years, in country's Sohag province
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Egyptian archaeologists discover 250 tombs, dating back 4,200 years, in country's Sohag province

The graves "include some with a well or several burial wells and other cemeteries with a sloping corridor that ends with a burial room", the ministry said in a statement.

Pfizer Chairman-CEO Albert Bourla writes book on company's race to create COVID-19 vaccine
science

Pfizer Chairman-CEO Albert Bourla writes book on company's race to create COVID-19 vaccine

The book will tell the story of how the drugmaker managed to develop an effective vaccine against COVID-19 in a remarkably short period of time — months instead of years.

Assamese writer, journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Homen Borgohain passes away aged 88
India

Assamese writer, journalist and Sahitya Akademi awardee Homen Borgohain passes away aged 88

Condolences came in from the Assam government and from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting In this Case sells for $93.1 million in Christie's New York auction
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Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting In this Case sells for $93.1 million in Christie's New York auction

In This Case reprises two dominant themes in Basquiat's work, anatomy and representation of African-American characters.

As We Need to Talk about Kevin turns 10, a look at what made it such a haunting meditation on motherhood
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As We Need to Talk about Kevin turns 10, a look at what made it such a haunting meditation on motherhood

An unshakeable experience and a daring experiment in film form, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin challenged conventional wisdom on what makes for a good adaptation.

As Broadway gears up to reopen in fall, a tough road lies ahead for musicals
Entertainment

As Broadway gears up to reopen in fall, a tough road lies ahead for musicals

Broadway shows thrive on tourists — who were roughly two-thirds of the people in the seats before the pandemic struck — and producers are banking that visitor numbers will be up by fall. The hope is that theater lovers — both tourists and New Yorkers — will loudly cheer the return.

How unsanctioned street art complicates idea of 'ownership' of public space, and the inherent politics of art
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How unsanctioned street art complicates idea of 'ownership' of public space, and the inherent politics of art

Unsanctioned, therefore, uncensored street art makes for a viable platform for social commentary and political critique, giving space and form to public opinion.

100 days since Myanmar's military takeover, how the country continues to resist force, fight for democracy
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100 days since Myanmar's military takeover, how the country continues to resist force, fight for democracy

The military takeover of Myanmar early in the morning of 1 February reversed the country's slow climb towards democracy after five decades of army rule. But Myanmar's citizens were not shy about demanding their democracy be restored.