Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet‘Beauty and horror’ in the industrially scarred landscapes of south Wales
THE SOUND OF A LOUD THUD STARTLED CLAIR JONES, interrupting a quiet December night in her ground-floor Salt Lake City apartment. Something had hit the sliding glass door in her living room. Another thud, and her mind started racing. Was someone breaking in? When it happened a third time, she started yelling at the door: “I have a gun, and I’ll use it!” What she heard next was the sound of children crying—the ones who had been throwing snowballs at her door and thought she was going to shoot them.
The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, one of the world’s most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy.He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993. The announcement, in Stockholm, was a surprise: Although Mr. Dylan, 75, has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work does not fit into the literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized.
Take a selection of artworks by the most famous illicit artist in the world, add a city that’s passionate about its street art and a dash of controversy: the result is the new Melbourne exhibition The Art of Banksy.Named in 2010 as one of the 100 most influential figures in the world, Banksy’s career began in Bristol in the 1990s, where he enthusiastically participated in the city’s graffiti scene. In the early 2000s, he adopted stencilling as a technique, and became part of the art movement now called street art. Whereas graffiti involves a stylised calligraphy that centres on the repeated writing of an individual’s chosen name, or “tag”, street art allowed for a greater diversity of content and technique: with paste ups, stencils and layered images.
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I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in the front of the room gamely held a basket in front of her, beaming beneficently, like a priest with a collection plate. I duly surrendered my little device, only to feel a sudden pang of panic on my way back to my seat. If it hadn’t been for everyone staring at me, I might have turned around immediately and asked for it back. But I didn’t. I knew why I’d come here.
Thanks to master organizer Marie Kondo, many of us now evaluate our belongings based on the principle that things we love should bring us joy. But too often, we fail to bring the same level of scrutiny to the rest of our lives. Just as passivity can leave us buried under a lot of junk we don’t need, so can we aimlessly fall into patterns of behavior that don’t serve us well and wind up leading a muted life.
I have reached that point where the chill has got into my bones and I know it will be hours before I can hope to feel warm again.The thought that at the end of all this I will return to my accommodation — an establishment that can only be described as a poor man’s Fawlty Towers — does not lift my mood.The pounding rain of the previous day has stopped, replaced by an incessant drizzle.They call this summer in the Scottish Highlands.