Category: Culture

  • Is this the end for real fur?

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    London Fashion Week recently became the first global fashion week to ban animal fur. Campaigners were euphoric. In the past year, fur has faced significant challenges everywhere, but still – it was quite a moment. Then, a few weeks later, Los Angeles voted to ban the manufacture and sale of fur within city limits, becoming […]

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  • THREE EXHIBITIONS TO SEE IN SPAIN THIS AUTUMN

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    Spain has developed a rich and dynamic contemporary art scene in the last decades, with artists from around the world exhibiting in many of its iconic museums. As summer gives way to autumn, and outdoor relaxing in the sun turns to a quest for indoor cultural activities, art centres across the country have come up […]

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  • A Religious Leader for the Resisterhood

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    An Evangelical Texan is now using her pulpit to fight Trumpism. Will her flock follow? It’s a beautiful September morning in Austin, Texas, and Jen Hatmaker is gently heckling the congregants of Austin New Church. Today’s sermon is on the parable of the Prodigal Son, and Hatmaker, delivering the sermon, is just winding up for […]

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  • Conor McGregor — victim of an American Dream that takes far more than it gives

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    A global icon for whom the only constraint is none whatsoever, who wears his vulgarity, bombast and disregard for humility as a badge of honour, what does MMA star and currently Ireland’s most famous son represent if not the moral void in which sits the values of an American Dream that stand as a grotesque […]

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  • America’s nearly forgotten language

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    Chinook Wawa was once spoken by more than 100,000 people, from Alaska to the California border, for more than 100 years. Even before I saw the water, I heard the rumble. Sounding like a river or a waterfall, the noise was gently muffled by the sword ferns and step moss as it reverberated through the […]

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  • Kanye as Art

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    A celebrity has become an image of marketing. In some cases, there is a symbolism that can be seen in how a celebrity’s image is used in the culture. Some celebrities can be viewed similar to a multimedia piece of art with a commentary on parts of society and culture. Kanye West has an image […]

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  • Halloween 2018 corn mazes around Arizona

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    Wandering around lost in a cornfield could be a nightmare for some people but a fun way to spend an afternoon for others. A lot depends on the circumstances. If you’re taking your stroll through the maze on a leisurely, sunny day, it will be fine. But if you’re being chased by zombies at night, that’s […]

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  • More churches are offering gluten-free bread for Holy Communion but the Vatican disapproves

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    A handful of churches in South Carolina are offering parishioners the option to have gluten-free bread during the Holy Communion, but the Vatican says gluten is actually a necessary part of the sacred ritual. The new offering has since sparked a debate among those who suffer from gluten intolerance and certain bishops. St. Stephen’s Episcopal […]

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  • ‘Swiped’ matches digital hookups with unforeseen consequences

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    HBO’s latest documentary actually owes a debt to science fiction, and the unintended consequences associated with unleashing forces beyond our control. In the case of “Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age,” the monster is the corrosive effects of dating apps that have rapidly led society into uncharted territory — what one expert calls “evolutionary […]

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  • The Hollywood trope that men and women can’t be ‘just friends’ sets both sexes up for failure

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    When friendship is peddled as a means to a different end, it makes it hard for both sexes to build the intimacy that being friends requires. The events of the last year — the #MeToo movement and its exposure of rampant sexual harassment in the media and Hollywood, as well as accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaughassaulted a fellow high school-aged girl more […]

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