WITH the all-consuming Brexit debate generating more heat than light — apart from in the Morning Star, naturally — there’s not a lot to laugh about at the moment.
So the exhibition A Brief History of the World by Cold War Steve — artist and public-sector worker Christopher Spencer — which is now on at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire is more than welcome for the sheer number of sidesplitting moments it provokes.
In this, the season of wanting,
The eyes are not allowed a choice.
There is neither color nor pure white,
But only the monochromatic monarchy,
The rule of gray over all.
Against the matte mercury sky
The branches of the chestnuts and oaks,
Run like tributaries
From their gruff charcoal bodies,
And the snow that lays on them
Is dusted daily with Moscow’s soot.Read More »
The “War to End All Wars,” like all the wars that have followed it, discarded human lives on all sides. Here, a German prisoner helps British wounded make their way to a dressing station near Bernafay Wood following fighting on Bazentin Ridge, July 19, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. | Imperial War Museum
November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the end of World War I. During that bloody slaughter, the propagandists described it as the “war to end all wars.” One hundred years and as many wars on, leaders of the nations of Europe and the U.S., many of them the authors and overseers of the present conflicts from Afghanistan to Yemen, are meeting in Paris to promote the so-called “Great War” as something noble.
Before he went to prison, Mark Loughney used watercolors and acrylics to create bright, playful portraits of his favorite musicians. His early work features Trey Anastasio and Grace Potter and Snoop Dogg, all smiling and content, deep into their guitars and joints. But then Loughney committed a crime that even now, years later, he can barely explain.Read More »
Foreground, from left, Abe Martell, Tania Verafield and Colin Bates; background, from left, Frederick Stuart and Daniel Lench / Craig Schwartz
PASADENA, Calif.—Director Michael Michetti’s dramatic adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 Gothic novella The Picture of Dorian Gray, about the costs of eternal youth and beauty, is highly stylized and exceedingly strange. Large swaths of Picture border on avant-garde theatre, especially in Act II. The sinister plot and its presentation are likely to make some theatergoers uncomfortable (leave the kiddies at home for this one!) and to enthrall others as a most apropos choice for the Halloween season.
The last 20 years is globally the Harry Potter generation—a generation that has made a philosophy of life out of wishful thinking; the narcissism of the young stemming from a class that can afford and choose to remain imbeciles, we owe it to Harry Potter novels and films among other things.
What makes this generation of youth particularly self-centred is that they have allowed themselves to be indoctrinated by social media, television and films.