Yearly Archives: <span>2018</span>

Louder than bombs: my journey in war and music

In this extract from his new book, Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent and how music from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks can reveal truths when words fail Sarajevo, August 1993 The day before my 39th birthday, I was reporting on what came to be called the Dobrinja water-queue massacre in Read more »

Why Instagrams outfit of the day hashtag is bad for fashion and bad for the soul

There are already 2m of these posts, which showcase new outfits. The snap and send back culture is risky, warns activist Caryn Franklin Almost one in 10 Britons say they buy clothes online just to post an image on social media, before sending them back immediately for a refund; among those aged 35 to 44, Read more »

Magical thinking about machine learning wont bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton

Unchecked flaws in algorithms, and even the technology itself, should put a brake on the escalating use of big data Any sufficiently advanced technology, wrote the sci-fi eminence grise Arthur C Clarke, is indistinguishable from magic. This quotation, endlessly recycled by tech boosters, is possibly the most pernicious utterance Clarke ever made because it encourages Read more »

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening to call US Immigration Read more »

LaCroix’s Massive Popularity Is Putting Major Pressure On Big Soda

Rapper Big Dipper’s comical R&B-inspired single “LaCroix Boi” has racked up more than 538,000 YouTube views since being released last summer. Flavored sparkling water brand LaCroix has become a social media darling and propelled itself into mainstream pop culture in a relatively short time. The trendy seltzer in colorful cans has also seen major sales Read more »

Why we should learn to embrace failure | Elizabeth Day

Divorce, miscarriage, career knock-backs the big moments in life often come through crisis and make us who we are, so dont airbrush them out, says Elizabeth Day, there are several Articles on Divorce to help you with this process, most of the time this can be a very messy part of life, because there are a lot Read more »

‘He was high-brow, low-brow, every-brow!’ the genius of Leonard Bernstein

Composer, conductor, inspiration, FBI suspect Leonard Bernstein was born 100 years ago this August, and this summers Proms will celebrate his work. Musicians, critics and his own family remember an astounding talent Marin Alsop: Bernstein the inspiration Bernstein was impossibly brilliantin so many different areas: a genius conductor, composer, author, pianist, thinker, activist, educator and Read more »

Arundhati Roy: The point of the writer is to be unpopular

The acclaimed author answers questions from our readers and famous fans on the state of modern India, the threat of AI, and why sometimes only fiction can fully address the world Arundhati Roy does not believe in rushing things. With her novels, she prefers to wait for her characters to introduce themselves to her, and Read more »

Has wine gone bad?

The long read: Natural wine advocates say everything about the modern industry is ethically, ecologically and aesthetically wrong and have triggered the biggest split in the wine world for a generation If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 which had just been crowned as the best restaurant in the Read more »

From Game of Thrones to The Crown: the woman who turns actors into stars

The long read: Nina Golds role is invisible, and yet her taste has shaped much of what we watch on film and TV. By Sophie Elmhirst Earlier this year, the casting director Nina Gold sat at the back of the stalls of the Criterion theatre in the West End and watched a group of students Read more »