Author Tom Wolfe in his Upper East-Side apartment in October 2004. Photo: David Corio/Redferns “At this weak, pale, tabescent moment in the history of American literature, we need a battalion, a brigade, of Zolas to head out into this wild, bizarre, unpredictable, Hog-stomping, Baroque country of ours and reclaim it as literary property.” That’s a line from the late Tom Wolfe’s “Stalking the Billion-Footed Beast,” a 1989 Harper’s essay urging American literature to move away from the then-fashionable model of “realistic fiction” (defined by Wolfe as writing about “real situations, but very tiny ones, tiny domestic ones, for the most part, usually in lonely Rustic Septic Tank Rural settings”), and toward something more like Charles Dickens, Honoré de Balzac, Émile Zola, and Theodore Dreiser — and, well, more like The Bonfire of the Vanities , Wolfe’s 1987 quasi-Dickensian potboiler. It takes a special kind of audacity to write an essay exhorting people to write like you. … [Read more...] about The Changing Legacy of Tom Wolfe, Chronicle of Changing Times
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The Paul Bremer of Essos. Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO As in every HBO show that’s not Entourage , the characters on Game of Thrones are faced with hard decisions, but so far, no character on the show has had a harder decision than Daenery’s Targaryen’s Clash-inspired debate over whether or not to leave Meereen. On one hand, her people need her. On the other hand, she’s ruling an unfamiliar culture, her dragons keep eating small children, half the city hates her guts — and oh yeah, in last night’s season premiere, we learned that an insurgent group named the Sons of the Harpy is killing all her soldiers just for the heck of it. But wait: Who exactly are the Sons of the Harpy? Well, the first thing to know is that their title is metaphorical, not literal. (There’s a lot of them, so that would be one tired harpy.) The harpy is a traditional emblem in Ghiscari culture, and it figures prominently in the architecture of Slaver’s Bay; we’ve seen large harpy statues in Astapor , … [Read more...] about Who Are the Sons of the Harpy, and Why Do They Hate Daenerys?
April 08, 2021 - 09:29 BST Carla Challis 13 best overnight face masks for glowing skin in 2021: From Clarins to Liz Earle & MORE If you’re struggling to get your eight-hours a night sleep or find your skin still needs a little something when you wake from your slumber, let us introduce you to the overnight face mask. Think of it like a supercharged, extra potent serum or face cream that works while you sleep. If you’re a little laissez faire with your skincare , or you’re just a smart gal who likes to multitask, you need to add a sleeping face mask to your beauty stash, pronto. These nighttime overnight face masks aren’t the type that you rinse off after 15 minutes. Instead, apply before bedtime and let it do it's thing while you catch your zzzs. Easy, eh? We’ve rounded up the best sleeping masks to try in 2021… SEE: The best LED face masks proven to combat lockdown skin Elemis Peptide4 Plumping … [Read more...] about 13 best overnight face masks for glowing skin in 2021: From Clarins to Liz Earle & MORE
Last modified on Mar 12, 2021 21:08 GMT Megan Bull Give grandparents in lockdown a sentimental present that’ll cheer them up with our pick of the best gifts to treat them to during isolation. From flowers to a hamper, alcohol, magazine subscription and personalised photo books. Isolation is hard for most people, but the older generation are some of the most likely to be suffering from loneliness during the coronavirus pandemic. While you might not be able to hug them, you can still make their day by showing you're thinking about them. A gift is the best way to bring a smile to their face, and we've made shopping easy by selecting some of the very best presents to send to your grandparents. RELATED: 66 gift ideas guaranteed to cheer up loved-ones in isolation The pandemic has brought with it a lot of new challenges and self-care is now more important than ever. This spa gift box is stocked with all the luxury … [Read more...] about Gifts for grandparents to show them you care
Last modified on Mar 08, 2021 12:51 GMT Katherine Robinson Present buying for someone with a sweet tooth? Then take a look at our list of the best chocolate gifts you can buy online. Amazon has you covered for Mother's Day 2021 – whether you’re looking for a filler gift or something a bit more special. There are truffles, miniatures and even vegan options Looking for the perfect Mother's Day gift? If mum has a sweet tooth then you're in the right place – we’ve been busy searching out the best online chocolate gifts for all budgets, whether you want something extravagant, or just a little something extra to accompany a main gift. RELATED: 10 best first Mother’s Day gifts 2021 for new mums that Princess Eugenie would love RELATED: 22 best unique and thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts to spoil your mum with RELATED: The best personalised jewellery for Mother's Day that your mum will love There are so many different … [Read more...] about 24 best chocolate gifts you can buy online now for Mother’s Day