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On Taylor Swift’s 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, her artistry is tangled up in the details of her private life and her deployment of celebrity. But Swift’s lack of concern about whether these songs speak to and for anyone but herself is audible throughout the album.

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On Taylor Swift’s 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, her artistry is tangled up in the details of her private life and her deployment of celebrity. But Swift’s lack of concern about whether these songs speak to and for anyone but herself is audible throughout the album.

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For all of its fetishization of new sounds and stances, pop music was born and still thrives by asking fundamental questions. For example, what do you do with a broken heart? That’s an awfully familiar one. Yet romantic failure does feel different every time. Its isolating sting produces a kind of obliterating possessiveness: my pain, my broken delusions, my hope for healing. A broken heart is a screaming baby demanding to be held and coddled and nurtured until it grows up and learns how to function properly. This is as true in the era of the one-percent glitz goddess as it was when blues queens and torch singers organized society’s crying sessions. It’s true of Taylor Swift, who’s equated songwriting with the heart’s recovery since she released “Teardrops on my Guitar” 18 years ago, and whose 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, is as messy and confrontational as a good girl’s work can get, blood on her pages in a classic shade of red.

Back in her Lemonade days, when her broken heart turned her into a bearer of revolutionary

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While the climate crisis can only be fully addressed on a global and corporate level, if you want to do your own part, there are plenty of small ways to take individual action every day. From making environmentally friendly swaps to incorporating more zero-waste habits into your daily life, there are countless ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

At a loss for how you can personally make a difference and feel better about your own individual impact? Luckily astrology has insights to offer. Below, find the earth-friendly swap to make or zero-waste habit to adopt for each zodiac sign. They’re small and easy, so you can start right away. (If you want to do more, don’t stop at your sun sign — check your moon and rising, too.)

Aries: Avoid impulsive buys.

It’s in Aries’ nature to take action, but sometimes that can come at the cost of thinking things all the way through. If you have a habit of buying things you don’t end up using, try the snapshot method to avoid impulsive shopping. Psychologists also suggest disabling one-click purchases, waiting at least six hours to complete a buy, and setting an allowance.

Taurus: Switch to smart LED lighting.

As the homebody of the zodiac, you place effort into making your surroundings comfortable. Ruled by Venus, your sign also values luxury — and the full customization of smart lighting can provide that cozy, lush ambiance you crave. The LEDs in smart bulbs are 80 to 90% more efficient than traditional lighting and have longer durability, which will help you save the planet and your money.

Contigo water bottle on work desk.Contigo water bottle on work desk.

Credit: Sofia Rivera Credit: Sofia Rivera

Gemini: Ditch disposable water bottles.

Your life is one jam-packed schedule. You’re constantly juggling projects, and as the social butterfly of the zodiac, when you’re not

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MILAN The Salomon family has been in the fur business since shortly after Grégory Salomon, a Russian dissident, went into exile in Siberia in the 1910s. Today, his grandson Yves, who has made the family name famous worldwide for the firm’s ready-to-wear designs and exploring alternatives to fur, has made his foray into the furniture arena with Chapo Creation, another family legacy company.

“The inside must always be as beautiful as the outside,” the designer told WWD at an exhibition cube within the design-forward conceptual Dimorecentrale on Wednesday.

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The designer unveiled five iconic furniture pieces that were originally created by interior designer Pierre Chapo, Chapo’s founder. This time, each creation was dressed in upcycled shearling and intarsia.

“The collaboration with Chapo Creation is my very first step into the world of design. I have cherished this new project for some time as I wanted to bring together my personal passion for design with the exceptional work of the Maison’s artisans,” Salomon added, adding that he’s a collector and lover of design and Chapo pieces have been part of his private collection for a very long time.

“I appreciate Chapo handcrafted artisanal woodworking, it [is its] structured and timeless furniture that resonates particularly well with me,” he said.

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Over the years, Salomon’s team has embraced 100 percent fur-free techniques. In 2021, it launched a secondary fur-free line, embracing shearling and woven wool. By 2019, the furrier came to the fore for reducing the use of traditional fur in its collections, adopting less controversial materials such as shearling, leather, wool and cashmere, in response to the antifur backlash that forced many luxury brands to go fur-free. The brand has broadened its product offering and today makes two ready to wear lines for both men and women.

This new

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I am one of the nerds who read the books behind the new Netflix series, “3 Body Problem,” before I saw the show itself. I loved Cixin Liu’s “Remembrance of Earth’s Past” trilogy, which was published in English in 2014 (The Three-Body Problem), 2015 (The Dark Forest) and 2016 (Death’s End), when the books first came out, and I read them again in advance of the first season of the highly anticipated series from the creators of “Game of Thrones.” My experience of the books certainly leavened my take on the eight-episode series, and so the reader might be forgiven for expecting the worst. As in: “Worst. Adaptation. Ever!”

“3 Body Problem” has received some negative reviews from folks expecting more aliens and more gore, but that’s always the case with dialogue-heavy dramas. David Chase, the creator of “The Sopranos,” once aptly described this as the “less yakking, more whacking” desire of bloodthirsty viewers. In fact, “3 Body Problem” begins with a scene so violent that even Tony Soprano might be taken aback. But that’s not what this wildly imaginative series (or the preceding trilogy of books) is about.

Some folks in the Chinese government are also not happy. “China Military Online,” a website run by the Chinese military, criticized the decision to change the ethnicity of some of the cast: Cixin Liu’s mostly Chinese characters are now a United Nations of ethnicities, and much of the action is set in the United Kingdom. They further complained that China is shown only as backward and repressive. (Like the books, the Netflix series is vivid in its depictions of the excesses of China’s Cultural Revolution). Though Netflix is blocked in China, many tech-savvy Chinese viewers have also commented negatively on the Netflix show in

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The “Biennale of Dissent” highlighted artists from the Soviet Union and other Communist bloc countries, such as Czechoslovakia, showcasing Soviet art, theater and film made by dissidents at home and abroad.

The art exhibition, “New Art From the Soviet Union. an Unofficial Perspective,” featured some 300 works by 70 Soviet artists who were not sanctioned by the state, angering Soviet authorities, which pulled out of the Biennale for a few years.

After the Cold War ended, the Biennale reflected a changed world. The German conceptual artist Hans Haacke created the installation piece “Failed Hope” by smashing the stone floor of his country’s pavilion, where Hitler had once stood, and leaving it in fragments. Alexander Alberro, a professor of art history at Barnard College and Columbia University, explained that the installation was one of several works that year that “dealt with the new world order in a number of ways. You could call it the first Biennale in a truly global context.”

In the midst of wars in Yugoslavia, the Serbian artist Marina Abramovic presented “Balkan Baroque,” an installation in which she sat in a pile of animal bones in a white dress, crying and singing Balkan folk songs while trying to scrub the bones clean, as blood stained her dress. Since it was summer in Venice, the piece had a powerful stench, leaving a lasting impression on visitors.

The Covid-19 pandemic postponed the 2020 Architectural Biennale for a year. While all national pavilions in the Giardini were closed in 2020, the central pavilion was devoted to one exhibition: “Le muses inquiete (The Disquieted Muses). When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History,” co-curated by Alemani, which used archival documents and art.

The 2021 edition of the Art Biennale was also postponed and took place in 2022. Alemani,

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Margaret Rhodes, the Queen’s cousin, recalled that following the 1936 Abdication – which resulted in her becoming Heiress Presumptive – Princess Elizabeth had prayed hard for a brother.

A brother who would have been king. 

Elizabeth never, had an actual brother  but one man filled this gap in her life and became her best friend, escort, confidante and protector.

Patrick, 7th Baron Plunket, had the credentials to be yet another chinless aristocrat in the Royal Household, but, as the art historian Roy Strong recalled: ‘he was an immensely beguiling man.’ 

The Queen and aide Lord Plunket at the polo in Windsor, 1957

The Queen and aide Lord Plunket at the polo in Windsor, 1957

Lord Plunket with Princess Margaret at the Epsom Derby in 1958

 Lord Plunket with Princess Margaret at the Epsom Derby in 1958

Tall and handsome, with a military bearing he was hugely charismatic and, according to Strong, was ‘one of the few who could give her a glimpse of the real world outside which he savoured to the full.’ 

One lady in waiting claimed that, ‘he was the only person who could talk to the Queen on equal terms’ and that his premature death at the age of 51 ‘was the greatest tragedy of the Queen’s life.’

Plunket was born in 1923, the son of Irish peer, Terence, 6th Baron Plunket and his wife Dorothé Lewis, who was the illegitimate child of the Hollywood star Fannie Ward (protégé of Cecil B DeMille and dubbed ‘the Eternal Flapper’) and the 7th Marquess of Londonderry.

The Queen’s parents were close friends of ‘Teddy’ and Dorothé Plunket during the 1920s and 30s. In February 1924 the Duchess of York lunched with Dorothé afterwards wrote: ‘I admired her baby.’

The Plunkets were tragically killed in 1938 in a private plane owned by William Randolph Hearst. 

The newspaper magnate had invited them to a party held in their honour and sent his own aircraft

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Marc Newson’s artistic practice is boundless, from jewelry to sculpture to furniture. Looking back on 40 years of the visionary’s career, from 1984 to the present, TASCHEN is publishing an encyclopedia of all of Newson’s work.

The Australian designer, who works and lives in the UK, is regarded as one of the most influential names in product and industrial design. He also happens to be the only designer repped by Gagosian.

“This volume covering Marc Newson’s design career can, if you are ambitious enough, read like
a catalog of how to live,” the book’s description reads. “Imagine waking up in the morning, taking a bath, drying your hair, getting dressed, putting on your glasses, spritzing yourself with perfume, sitting down to eat a breakfast of tea with eggs and toast, checking your watch, packing your suitcase, driving to the airport, catching a flight, and sailing off on a luxurious yacht.”

The underlying theme is that every object one interacts with could ostensibly be a Newson work: the bathtub, the skillet, the perfume bottle – the list goes on.

Entitled Marc Newson. Works 84-24, the book breaks down Newson’s work by categories: Objects, Furniture, Interiors, Transport and Jewelry and Timepieces. Each category is then organized chronologically and features a description detailing the story behind the piece, including quotes from Newson himself.

Alison Castle authored and edited the book, which Newson himself describes as “the real definitive catalog of [his] body of work.”

TASCHEN’S marcnewson-works-84-24/”Marc Newson. Works 84-24 is priced at $200 USD and will be released in June.

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I asked my editor Dianna Bell what are the most important things to remember when running a marathon. She’s run seven, including the Boston Marathon a few times, and she said to pace yourself and refuel. And that’s the mindset you need going into this weekend, whether you’re running the famous marathon or not. There’s so much to do in Boston these coming days that you need to approach this like a long-distance run. You set the pace, and whether you need to refuel your artistic spirit or you’re looking to lean into the 26.2-mile celebrations, we’ve got you. From storytelling to drumming out in nature, reset that pedometer and get going!

Thursday, April 11-Friday, April 12

Here’s an event for those who like a good story, especially if you’ve ever found yourself sitting in your driveway waiting for a story from “The Moth Radio Hour” to end before you exit your car. “Storying Our Selves” is an original program written and performed by students of Babson, Olin and Wellesley colleges. The stories are personal and have been scripted, workshopped and rehearsed as part of a joint educational program from the three colleges. This program is the culmination of their work. Three performances will be held over Thursday and Friday at Babson’s Sorenson Center for the Arts black box theater; general admission tickets are $15.

Friday, April 12

Drumming, cherry blossoms and sunset activities. What more could you want? Maybe a blanket to lay on the grass, but not much else. This Friday, the Bradley Rosaceous Collection at the Harvard Arboretum will be graced by the sounds of Taiko drumming. “Taiko” translates to “drum” in Japanese, and the instrument has a history in Japan’s military, religious ceremonies, government and theater. The drumming this Friday begins at 6 p.m. with calligraphy

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Clayden Botes' business has grown from strength to strength. (PHOTO: Supplied)

Clayden Botes’ business has grown from strength to strength. (PHOTO: Supplied)

Talented Clayden Botes’ career as an artist and entrepreneur has taken off in a big way!

The 16-year-old recently had one of his artworks auctioned at the 100th Ernie Els Foundation’s golf day in Stellenbosch.

“This foundation means so much to us,” his mom, Antoinette, tells YOU. “The Els Foundation helps transform the lives of people with autism, like Clayton.”

“Attending this event was so cool because I got a chance to make a speech as well as see my work being auctioned,” Clayden says.

“This was the second time I’ve auctioned my work, but what was different this time is that I was at the event to see how much people would be bidding for it.”

At the event, Clayden was presented with funds that he used to purchase a reading pen, which he says he’s very excited about. 

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Clayden with the canvas painting that was auctioned at the Ernie Els Foundation golf day. (PHOTO: Supplied)

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This event was one of many Clayden has attended as a public speaker. He regularly speaks at events and schools about his journey with autism and art.

He’s also kept busy with his business, selling his designs online.

Antoinette says it’s been a privilege watching her son’s artistic abilities grow as he is commissioned to do more work, constantly creating new designs.

Clayden is currently working on painting of a horse, which will be auctioned later in the year at a gala dinner to raise funds for the Iris House Children’s Hospice.

“I am excited about painting this horse. It’s a new challenge but I will do it to the

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It’s fitting then that Gibson feels a sense of ambivalence­ about representing a nation with a long history of making its Native peoples feel like foreigners on their own ancestral homelands. But that idea has also been a driving force for the 52-year-old New Yorker as he has prepared his Biennale presentation.

“When I visited the pavilion a year ago, I asked myself, ‘How is it that I can represent the United States, with all of its complicated and traumatic histories toward Native people?'” he recalls. “I don’t think one person can truly represent an entire country. But in the best case, you can represent as earnestly as possible your relationship to these layered ideas of nationhood, of country, of Americanism, of Indigeneity.”

Excavating the complexities of the US

The acclaimed artist’s exhibition, “the space in which to place me“, brings that complicated concept of intertwined identity to the forefront. The title comes from the poem “Ȟe Sápa” by renowned writer Layli Long Soldier (a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation), which speaks to the often limiting, externally imposed definitions of Indigeneity. Gibson aims to upend those restrictive beliefs and instead showcase the layered complexities of contemporary Native life in the United States.

And while he certainly feels a sense of pride having been selected for this high honour, does he also feel a sense of pride in his country?

“There are moments when I’m proud to be American, and there are also moments when I’m totally confounded,” he says. “The promises of the United States can be invigorating in a way that many parts of the world have never experienced. But those promises have also been misinterpreted to empower some people and to disempower Native people. When the idea of ‘nationalism’ becomes divisive, it

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