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Author Interviews

Licking History

12 Oct, 2017

Weird tales from forgotten nations fill a phantasmagorical stamp collection located in Norway.

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Stalls and carts - whether the vendors lining the ancient Silk Road trading route, the oyster stalls of Roman London, or the Aztec food markets encountered by the Spanish conquistadores - selling indigenous, ready-to-eat snacks have been a feature of city life for millennia. What’s changed is the seriousness with which street cuisine is made, and served.

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Features

Masters of the Siberian Steppe

26 Sep, 2017

The world of nomadic warriors, the Scythians, revealed in all its diversity.

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Features

May Morris: A remarkable woman

21 Sep, 2017

Born in 1862, May Morris became an accomplished artist, but her life and work have been obscured: only recently has her talent been fully understood. We celebrate her contribution to art and activism.

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Features

Drawing from Life

19 Sep, 2017

Edgar Degas’s interest in the day-to-day activities of ordinary people changed painting forever, while his commitment to drawing was no less radical.

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Author Interviews

Retail Tales: Shopping in the Digital Age

20 Sep, 2017

We live in a fascinating retail era. As the aftershocks from retail parks, Amazon and the ‘death of the high street’ reverberate, a recalibration of shops and their function seems to be taking place. From ‘Boxparks’ made of shipping containers to pop-up concession shops-within-shops, from lifestyle record/book/coffee stores to ad hoc hipster street stalls, there are untold experiments in getting people not just spending their money, but enjoying doing so.

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Videos

The Cranky Caterpillar

14 Sep, 2017

Illustrator Richard Graham explains how his trips to Tate and his visits to the junk shops of Liverpool helped him come up with the idea of caterpillar living in a piano.

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During a period of huge political tension between East and West, Harry Gruyaert photographed two worlds apparently in polar opposition – Las Vegas and Los Angeles in 1981, and Moscow in 1989. A new book reproduces almost 100 photographs from these series, over 70 for the first time.

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Author Interviews

The Prehistory Men

31 Aug, 2017

In the early 1980s, archaeologist Paul Bahn brought a group of visitors to the Pech Merle Museum of prehistoric art in the Lot valley, which at the time was curated by Michel Lorblanchet, a leading authority on Palaeolithic art. Some 30 years after that first meeting the idea for their book 'The First Artists: In Search of the World’s Oldest Art' was born. Here, these two leading lights discuss the oldest and, arguably, greatest art of all.

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Author Interviews

Sensorial Links: Caz Hildebrand's Life of Spice

31 Aug, 2017

It's hard to think of anyone who could have created 'The Grammar of Spice' with its seamless weaving of decoration and reference, poetry and history. As a designer, Caz Hildebrand has worked on books by some of the people most responsible for broadening the vocabulary of seasoning in western cooking, notably Yotam Ottolenghi, and Sam and Sam Clark of Moro. And, as we shall see, she has had her own journey through the understanding of global cuisines, which has tied into her own work.

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