In honor and defense of Sally Rooney | Art and culture

When asked what to do with their lives, radical American historian Howard Zinn had this advice for his students: “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” Zinn, of course, lived an honorable life putting his admonition into practice. He knew injustice had to be dealt with; that staying still or silent meant accepting the … Read more

‘Squid Game’ frenzy attracts new subscribers to Netflix | Television news

The streaming giant surpassed estimates, adding 4.38 million subscribers from July to September. Netflix’s global viewership is now 213.6 million. Global Interest in Netflix Inc’s Korean Thriller Squid Game last quarter attracted more new customers than expected, pushing the share of the world’s largest streaming service up by 3 percent on Tuesday. After a sharp … Read more

Russian filmmakers land after shooting aboard space station | Space news

The space capsule with actor Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy landed in Kazakhstan. A Soyuz space capsule carrying a cosmonaut and two Russian filmmakers has landed after a three-and-a-half-hour journey from the International Space Station. The capsule, which descended under a red-and-white-striped parachute after entering Earth’s atmosphere, landed on schedule at … Read more

FESPACO 2021: African film buffs gather in Ouagadougou | News about art and culture

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso – After eight months of delay, African cinema’s biggest festival is back. The 27th edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) officially opens on Saturday in the capital of Burkina Faso and will run until October 23. Held every two years, the festival began in 1969 and to … Read more

Love is in the air: Shredded Banksy raises record $25.4 million | News about art and culture

The artwork called Love is in the Bin sold at auction for more than 1,750 percent than it was sold just three years ago. A partially destroyed Banksy painting sold at auction at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday for more than 1,750% than it sold just three years ago. It is the artist’s most expensive … Read more

“Studio 88”: where Cairenes reinvents the power of art

“Studio 88”: where Cairenes reinvents the power of art Somewhere in Garden City, overlooking the rooftops of the Nile and Cairene, three artists have set up a space to creatively reshape Egyptian knowledge and society. Farah Habala, Halim Ramses and Ali Zaraay call it ‘Studio 88’ or ‘a place where we draw’ as they call … Read more

Sally Rooney Rejects Israeli Translation Offer to Support BDS | News about art and culture

Irish author rejects Modan publisher’s offer to translate Beautiful World, Where Are You into Hebrew. Irish writer Sally Rooney has rejected an offer from an Israeli publisher to translate her latest novel into Hebrew because of her stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rooney, 31, said in a statement Tuesday that her decision to decline Modan’s … Read more

K-pop fans vs Duterte’s Philippines: why young voters want change | Politics

Filipino K-pop fans are more politically critical than you might think. Our ability to mobilize, strategize and campaign is crucial to fueling voter education and sparking discussion to help young people realize the power they have in influencing not only the outcome of the 2022 presidential election, but also the future of the Philippines. Just … Read more

In Tanzania, Gurnah’s Nobel Prize win sparks both joy and debate | News about art and culture

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – The awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Zanzibar-born writer Abdulrazak Gurnah has sparked a celebration and sparked a lively debate about identity in Tanzania. Many in the country recognize the recognition of Gurnah’s work among the handful of African novelists who have won the prestigious award, but others … Read more