Tamara de Lempicka: all about her

Tamara de Lempicka was a 20th century painter. Particularly linked to the artistic movement of Art Deco, she is best known for her portraits, often feminine, elegant and sensual, as well as for her worldly and unconventional way of life.…

Questionable art and murder galore

POLARThe Russian WomanBarry Maitland Allen & Unwin, $32.99Chief Detective Inspector Brock is in a bad mood. After failing to retire, he went from homicide to fraud where, to his chagrin, his colleagues sit in front of their screens all…

War of ideas

With politics increasingly becoming a carpet of lies, broken promises and mirrors, the 21st century seems to be entering a Dostoevskian paradise. Perhaps Fyodor Dostoyevsky saw it coming when he said, “Don't cry, life is heaven,…

Restrictions on Afghan Women

According to a recent Associated Press (AP) report, the Taliban government, reversing its previous commitment not to crack down on Afghan women, has imposed restrictions whereby they are not allowed to travel more than 75 kilometers…

Smoke and smog

As Lahore and other towns in the Punjab have continued to battle smog, the state appears more or less indifferent to the situation - which includes a dramatic increase in respiratory illnesses due to extremely poor air quality, which…

Women in my fiction

I never really tried to categorize women in my novels and short stories. Last week, Alain Padilla, who collects and edits my next collection of essays, suggested that I do so. It was my mother who influenced me…

Top 10 Cozy Mystery Novels | Polar

II'm not surprised that the humor and the sweet escape from the cozy crime has a moment. The books themselves are not an answer to what we are going through: most of them were written before confinement or Cop26. But while black enjoys…

the year the art world went crazy

Of course, the decadence of the art world has amused foreigners for a long time and, despite the generally gloomy mood generated by the pandemic, 2021, in this regard, has not disappointed. A semi-ragged Banksy painting, back at auction…

Majorca Culture: Hotel Formentor

The developers have completely drained part of the Hotel Formentor, leaving only the outer walls of the building. The hotel, which features neoclassical and Art Deco elements, opened in 1929 with a big party and the guests had to travel by…

Awake work is unhappy work

The more we talk about work / life balance and diverse and inclusive workplaces, the more miserable we seem to be. Over the past two decades, and particularly more recently, Australian businesses have taken a leap forward with…

Nobody talks about the Booker

Late congratulations to South African writer Damon Galgut for win the 2021 Man Booker Award for his novel "The Promise". When I reviewed The Promise on this site, I predicted that he had no chance of winning the Booker because he…