Yinka Shonibare – The British Library

A new installation on the theme of immigration by Yinka Shonibare entitled The British Library has just opened as part of the Brighton Festival and HOUSE 2014. The piece features 10,000 books, each bound in Shonibare’s trademark African Dutch wax batik fabric. The artist’s latest sculptural work explores the contributions made to British culture and … Continue reading

House of Ismay Classic Book Brooches

London-based company House of Ismay create fantastic handmade classic book page brooches which are made using original pages of worn out books, damaged maps and unwanted scraps of wood sourced from local businesses. House of Ismay was set up by Art History graduate Sarah Pounder in 2008 after selling the brooches on Brick Lane markets. … Continue reading

Carli Davidson – Shake

One of life’s simple, but unashamedly amusing moments is seeing dogs furiously attempting to shake water off themselves. An Oregon-based animal photographer Carli Davidson has documented this playful moment by capturing a series of entertaining facial expressions of canines in a book entitled, SHAKE. The simple act of the dogs struggling to dry themselves is transformed … Continue reading

Great Expectations – Review

Despite numerous adaptations of Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic novel Great Expectations, the production at the Vaudeville Theatre is, surprisingly, the first time it has been staged in the West End. Condensing the story’s 28 years into just over two hours is no mean feat, but, Jo Clifford and Graham McLaren’s adaptation rises to the challenge … Continue reading

3DD A Book Of Breasts in 3-D

3DD is a website that is dedicated to the object that most men seem to lose all reason when faced with – breasts, boobs, tits or whatever you happen to call those two lumps of flesh on a woman’s chest that make men drool and The Sun so popular. The site with 100% 3-D images, … Continue reading

Last Night: THIS WAY UP at London Design Festival

London Design Festival has one hell of a gem with the British Council’s Architecture, Design, Fashion team in collaboration with leading creative agency Unity, design studio PAN and curator Pete Collard have created THIS WAY UP to showcase the British Council ADF team’s work, past and ongoing. We went along to last night’s private view and browsed the bulging Santa … Continue reading

Tea Obreht win’s Orange Prize for Fiction for debut novel “The Tiger’s Wife”

Belgrade-born author Tea Obreht was the surprise winner today of Orange Prize for Fiction with her debut novel “The Tiger’s Wife,” a mystical, magical examination of the recent conflicts in the Balkans. At 25, Obreht is the youngest author to scoop the award, which honors female writers from around the world and is now in … Continue reading

Leonard Cohen wins Spanish literary prize

My favourite singer of all time and part-time poet and writer of short stories, Leonard Cohen won Spain’s top award for authors who do not write in Spanish for his decades of exploring great human issues in song and verse. The jury of the Principe de Asturias Foundation said the 76-year-old singer-songwriter, poet and novelist … Continue reading

Rankin’s Sofa So Sexy, inspiration for nude sofa appreciation

I’m always open to hear feedback from everyone else and ideas that are proposed and thinking behind thought processes are great to get to know and increase knowledge. Sarah Crux is one of those people that made me think about what I had written about Dean Stockings work, ‘Sofa So Naked’. Seeing Stockings work, former … Continue reading

Sofa So Naked – Dean Stockings

There’s something quite intimate about a sofa. Whether leather and shiny, chintzy, saggy, ancient and threadbare or pristinely plumped-up, a sofa certainly reflects its regular occupant’s taste and often, after years of lounging, their shape. Rankin previously did a series called Sofa So Sexy which seems to have been more than a small inspiration to … Continue reading

Lyle Owerko – The Boombox Project

Lyle Owerko is a photographer and filmmaker who has worked on a vast array of projects in his time. Most noted for his picture of the terrorist attack, Lyle’s photo was used for the cover image of Time Magazine’s September 11, 2001 issue. His current projects seek to bridge ethnic borders in a manner that … Continue reading

Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato dies aged 99

Argentine writer Ernesto Sabato, whose novel “The Tunnel” is hailed as an existentialist classic and who presided over a probe into the crimes committed by the nation’s military rulers, died on Saturday aged 99. “Humankind cannot live without heroes, martyrs and saints,” Sabato, an intellectual known as a tireless activist for justice and human rights, … Continue reading

How rock music is saving books in the US

From Keith Richards’ assertion that he really did snort his father’s ashes to Sammy Hagar’s revelation that he’s been abducted by aliens, out-there autobiographies by aging rock stars are helping to fuel the ailing book-publishing business. “There’s clearly a demand,” says Mauro DiPreta, VP of It Books, which published Hagar’s current New York Times best-seller … Continue reading

Read before you go to bed, why not just sleep in a book

Giving whole new meaning to the terms ‘curling up with a good book’ and ‘bedtime story’, the coolest kids on the block will appreciate Yusuke Suzuki’s awesome book shaped bed for children. While one page is for play, and the other is for sleep, it will also be perfect for sleepovers. Someone save Page 3 … Continue reading

Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur to be on the big screen as the Beat Generation love-in continues

Following last year’s Howl, the Angelheaded Hipsters exhibition at the National Theatre and Walter Salles’s yet-to-be-released On the Road, comes Big Sur, an adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel by writer-director Michael Polish.   The independent production will star the French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac’s thinly veiled alter ego Jack Duluoz, while Josh Lucas … Continue reading

Jennifer Egan takes Pulitzer Prize

An experimental novel inspired by Proust and The Sopranos and featuring a chapter written entirely as a PowerPoint presentation has won the Pulitzer Prize For Fiction for. Jennifer Egan’s widely acclaimed novel A Visit From the Goon Squad beat books by Jonathan Dee and Chang-rae Lee to win the $10,000 (£6,000) award, the most prestigious … Continue reading