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The Cult of the Noble Amateur
Rebecca Watts
WHY IS THE POETRY WORLD pretending that poetry is not an art form? I refer to the rise of a cohort of young female poets who are currently being lauded by the poetic establishment for their ‘honesty’ and ‘accessibility’ – buzzwords for the open denigration of intellectual engagement and rejection of craft that characterises their work.
The short answer is that artless poetry sells.

Fit for a king? What the British press is saying about the new Charles I exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts show has received near unanimous reviews

What the self-help gurus and their critics reveal about our times.

Self-help advice tends to reflect the beliefs and priorities of the era that spawns it. A decade ago, the reigning champion of the genre was “The Secret,” published in 2006 by an Australian, Rhonda Byrne. Like Norman Vincent Peale before her, Byrne combined a literal interpretation of select verses from the Christian Bible—notably Matthew 21:22, “Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, ye shall receive”—with the acquisitive gospel of positive thinking. If you sent a wish out into the universe with enough faith, she told her readers, it could come to pass. Want to find a husband? Clean out a closet for the man of your dreams and imagine him hanging up his ties. Want to get rid of your glasses? Picture yourself acing your next vision exam and kiss those progressive lenses goodbye.

  • The international Masters of Raffles Milano

    The international Masters of Raffles Milano

    The international Masters of Raffles Milano – Istituto di Moda e Design Raffles Milano Win 1 of the 20 international scholarships for the international Masters …Read More »
  • The Humanities

    The Humanities

    The humanities are not just dying. By some measures, they are almost dead. In Scotland, the ancient Chairs in Humanity (which is to say, Latin) …Read More »
  • Joy


    One Hundred Poems That Capture the Meaning of Joy Christian Wiman’s new anthology brings together an admirable range of meditations on an emotion whose place …Read More »
  • David Hockney, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    David Hockney, Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Give it up for David Hockney, one of painting’s elder statesmen, and for his crystalline retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which proceeds in …Read More »
  • Homer’s The Odyssey, a new translation

    Homer’s The Odyssey, a new translation

    The First Woman to Translate the ‘Odyssey’ Into English The classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice. Late in August, as a …Read More »
  • Sehoun Art Gallery, Tehran

    Sehoun Art Gallery, Tehran

      Seyhoun Art Gallery, 11, 4th st., Vozara Ave. Tehran 1511717991 Iran Tel : +98 21 88 71 13 05 Telefax : +98 21 88 10 …Read More »



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Reading novels is good for you


Madrid, November 27th, 2017.- The 19th Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, which will take place between July 25th and August 5th next year, has kicked off with an outstanding number of applicants.

After the registration process was closed on November 13th, the competition has a final count of 241 applications from 44 different countries, mostly from Europe –with 116 inscriptions from different nationalities (Austria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden..

See some of the most memorable art of the 20th century at Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work.

During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.


Reading novels is good for you. This is the current wisdom, at least. A 2013 study by the New School for Social Research in New York City attempted to prove that reading passages by Don DeLillo and Lydia Davis had an immediate impact on participants’ ability to identify the emotions of others. Another, at Emory University in Georgia, found that reading novels had the potential to cause heightened ‘connectivity’ in the brain. A third, at the University of Sussex, made the case for books being one of life’s most effective stress-relievers.