A Beach Read & a Beach to read it on

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8 Beach Reads and the Beaches to Read Them On

THE BEACH – All summer books are not created equal, and neither are the beaches we read them on. A light, breezy book is great on one of those hungover mornings in Miami. But we like to devote a whole quiet afternoon in Montauk to devouring a heavy, emotional page-turner. Wherever your beach destination is this summer, choose your book accordingly.

Read further @ Huffington Post

Your Favorite Hollywood Films Made In Senegal?

•1,August 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

based on the matrix

African artists got inspired by Hollywood movies and created their own interpretaion of e.g. American Beauty, The Matrix & Frida.

They sought to explore what Hollywood blockbusters like these would look like had they been filmed elsewhere — more specifically, in Africa.
Their dazzling series, called “Onomollywood,” is part Hollywood homage, part sociological experiment.

Read further @ Huffington Post



Review of Cole’s ‘Open City’ & ‘Every Day Is for the Thief’

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Open City

IF YOU DON’T enjoy the company of Teju Cole’s perpetually adrift narrators, it’s unlikely you’ll enjoy Open City (2011) or this year’s book, Every Day Is for the Thief. (The author published another version in Nigeria in 2007.)

The narrator of Open City is Julius, a young West African wandering the streets of New York City and Brussels; in Every Day, he is an unnamed traveler crisscrossing Lagos. The reader who enjoys a carefully constructed plot may also find these episodic structures devoid of purpose. Where is the narrative arc, such a reader may ask; what exactly is it that Julius searches for? What is he doing, besides remembering stuff, as he walks in New York and Brussels? And why does that other fellow spend so much time in Lagos if the city annoys him so much?

But, while his books may lack conventional plots, Cole’s characters are nevertheless driven by a chain of events, and his characters, if aimless, come fully equipped with histories. Julius, the narrator of Open City, is half-Nigerian, half-German while the narrator of  Every Day is a Nigerian living in the United States. Both men are in their early thirties, with highbrow intellectual interests and a weakness for solitary excursions. Julius, who studied in the United States with full scholarship in his youth, is a psychiatrist completing a fellowship. The narrator in Every Day also enjoyed a privileged education in the United States and has aspirations to be an author.

These young men have the intellectual means to analyze their exilic, marginal, postcolonial selves as well as they do thanks to the critical toolboxes of their first-world institutions. (They are familiar with the works of Derrida, Said, and Badiou.) They enjoy discussing issues, like migration and identity, on a theoretical level. Open City’s Julius meets Farouq, a Moroccan guy working at an internet cafe in Brussels, who boasts about having wanted “to be the next Edward Said” in his youth. Julius and Farouq discuss, among other things, Benedict Anderson’s views about the Enlightenment, the significance of sharia law in the post-9/11 world, and Paul de Man’s writings on insight and blindness. Farouq’s thesis on Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space was rejected by his department, a decision he believes was anti-Muslim. (The committee members convened nine days after 9/11.)

Read further @ LA Review Books

Fabergé Fractals: ornate art objects

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These ornate art objects, “Fabergé Fractals” as they’re called, are the work of Scotland-based laser physicist-turned-artist and web developer Tom Beddard, who also goes by the name SubBlue. The art-meets-science maven used a formulaic method to yield his three-dimensional models, combining the 19th century decorative overload that is Fabergé with fractals’ self-perpetuating, never-ending patterns, self-similar at every scale.

Beddard explained his methodology to MyModernMet: “The 3D fractals are generated by iterative formulas whereby the output of one iteration forms the input for the next. The formulas effectively fold, scale, rotate or flip space. They are truly fractal in the fact that more and more detail can be revealed the closer to the surface you travel.

Reas further @ Huffington Post

‘Sin City’ Sequel: a Must See

•1,August 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

images (2)Rosario Dawson & Jessica Alba are Bad Ass Killers in ‘Sin City’ Sequel

t’s been almost 10 years, a couple of Machete movies and a Spy Kids sequel since the first Sin City rocked megaplexes with its distinctive high-contrast black-and-white look and ultra-stylized violence, but fans will be pleased to know that a good chunk of the original cast has been retained — including Latina A-listers Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba — while a slew of new actors have been added to the ranks.

Picking up in the same sordid, lawless neo-noir universe that characterized Frank Miller’s original graphic novels, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For follows four stories of vengeance and vigilante justice that converge on Sin City’s infamous Kadie’s Club Pecos.

Read further @ Remezcla

20 Most life-changing novels

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Harry Potter and the top 20 novels by women authors

Harry Potter, Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird among the top 20 most life-changing novels written by a woman, according to new poll

Can Harry Potter change your life? Apparently so, as JK Rowling’s stories have been named in a list of the most life-changing novels written by a woman.

Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird tops the list, which was put together by the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction via a social media campaign.

Second in the list is The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s vision of a dystopian future in which females are subjugated and fertile women forced to bear children on demand.

Jane Eyre is third, followed by the Harry Potter series. The rest of the top 10 is taken up by classics – Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Little Women and I Capture the Castle – and Donna Tartt’s The Secret History.

Readers were asked to name the novel by a female author “that had the most profound effect on their life” and tweet it under the hashtag #ThisBook.

Top 20 Life-Changing Novels by Women

1 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

2 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

4 Harry Potter – JK Rowling

5 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

6 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

7 Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

8 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

9 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

10 I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith

11 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

12 Beloved – Toni Morrison

13 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

14 We Need To Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

15 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

16 Middlemarch – George Eliot

17 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

18 The Golden Notebook – Doris Lessing

19 The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

20 The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

Read further @ The Telegraph

Face to Face with a Face of the Middle Passage

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Portrait of Diallo by William Hoare (1733)

A Face of the Middle Passage

Slave ships carried at least 11,000,000 captive Africans across the Atlantic, but we know the faces of hardly any of these people. Portraits of individual Africans who were enslaved and brought to the Americas are incredibly rare, and in virtually all instances the portraits were done long after those individuals had endured the horrors of the Middle Passage. There is one clear exception to this rule, however, a famous victim of the slave trade named Ayuba Suleiman Diallo.

Recently American Revolution Museum had the good fortune to acquire a portrait of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, a Fulbe merchant and scholar who in 1731 was seized by his enemies in Senegal, sold to an English slaver, and transported to Colonial North America. Through a remarkable combination of luck, individual effort and social networking, Ayuba Suleiman’s Middle Passage turned into a round trip. Not only that, but along the way he managed to have his portrait painted.


Ayuba Suleiman Diallo’s transatlantic odyssey ends happily enough. He returns to Africa, resumes his place in society, and lives almost another 40 years as a free man. This, of course, sets him apart from almost everybody else who experienced the middle passage. Some might say that his experience is so different from that of the 11,000,000 others that it lacks general relevance. The reality is, though, that every slave was an individual with his or her own story to tell. There were 11,000,000 unique stories, and just as many unique faces to go with them. Let’s be happy that we still have Ayuba Suleiman Diallo’s face.

Read complete article @ Huffington Post



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