David Hockney wears crocs to Order of Merit luncheon with King Charles III

David Hockney wears crocs to Order of Merit luncheon with King Charles III

Written by Toyin Owoseje, CNN Celebrated British artist David Hockney is renowned for the bold and expressive use of color in his paintings. So, it was only right that he made a daring sartorial statement when he was invited to the Order of Merit luncheon at Buckingham Palace. While some guests donned their finest loafers … Read more

Two Books on China’s Post-Mao Era

Two Books on China’s Post-Mao Era

Much Western wisdom on Communist China is of the conventional variety, with one belief in particular standing stubbornly unchallenged for decades. This is the view that Deng Xiaoping, the country’s paramount leader from 1978 to 1989, was the predominant architect of the China that we know today: an economic giant that aspires to challenge the … Read more

Five Best: Books on the Soviet Era in Sports

Five Best: Books on the Soviet Era in Sports

1. In 2022, the 15-year-old figure skater Kamila Valieva led the Russian team to Olympic gold, only to test positive for a banned substance. After her mistake-riddled solo program her coach demanded, “Why did you stop fighting? Explain it to me, why?” Tim Harte’s comprehensive history of Russia’s relationship to sports places the skating coach’s … Read more

Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico. In a new exhibit, artists reflect back

Hurricane Maria changed Puerto Rico. In a new exhibit, artists reflect back

Written by By Leah Asmelash, CNN After Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in 2017, artist Gabriella Báez’s life changed. It wasn’t just the material stress of living through the hurricane — the widespread death and devastation, and shortages of food, water, and gasoline. Or the societal issues that followed, including austerity measures, power outages, extensive … Read more

Two Books on Orchids – WSJ

Two Books on Orchids – WSJ

“Raw sexuality” . . . “carnality” . . . “luscious scents” . . . And that’s just the first paragraph of Erica Hannickel’s lively “Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers.” Nothing brings out plant lust like the orchid. Ms. Hannickel, a professor of environmental history at Northland College who has previously written … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Mystery – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Mystery – WSJ

“A Christmas Deliverance” is Anne Perry’s latest annual fable of the triumph of love and hope over doom and darkness in Victorian England. Its principal hero is Dr. Crowe, a somber, unmarried Londoner who strides his Thames neighborhood “as though he were a gentleman fallen on hard times.” The doctor runs a clinic for the … Read more

Holiday Gift Books: Food – WSJ

Holiday Gift Books: Food – WSJ

Consider the omelette, the egg dish that reveals as it conceals. A gentle French fold pocketing chopped fines herbes. The ubiquitous diner special, redolent of America itself: overstuffed and slightly overcooked. Where there are eggs, there is the promise of an omelette: frittata, egg foo yung, omurice; Spanish tortillas, Filipino tortangs, Indian poros. A most … Read more