Arts & Culture

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling, the world’s richest author, is accused of stealing ideas for "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire" from another British author's children’s book. Rowling was added as a defendant to an ongoing legal claim filed against her publisher ...

Spotlight proves too much for 7-year-old samba queen at Rio carnival

A Michael Jackson impersonator performed atop a silver float, and Madonna and Jesus watched from a crowded balcony, but all eyes were on seven-year-old samba queen Julia Lira as she strutted her stuff in front of thousands of people at Brazil’s wo...

Carnival erupts in Rio amid scorching heat wave

RIO DE JANEIRO — Carnival's raucous street parties flooded Rio with drum-beating local revelers and sweaty foreigners escaping snowbound cities.

Ancient tribal language becomes extinct as last speaker dies

The last speaker of an ancient tribal language has died in the Andaman Islands, breaking a 65,000-year link to one of the world's oldest cultures.

China's controversial choice as the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure, the 19-year-old Panchen Lama

BEIJING — China's controversial choice as the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure, the 19-year-old Panchen Lama, was voted vice president of the nation's Buddhist Association Wednesday, state media reported.

Sotheby's Sells Giacometti for Record $104.3 Million

KELLY CROW The Wall Street Journal 04.02.2010
'Walking Man I'

A 1960 Alberto Giacometti sculpture sold for £65 million ($104.3 million) at Sotheby's, setting a record price for a work of art at auction and signaling a potential resurgence in the art market.

Ramayana Casts Its Ancient Spell

SONIA KOLESNIKOV-JESSOP The New York Times 04.02.2010
Ramayana Casts Its Ancient Spell

SINGAPORE — With numerous heroes and villains and its powerful feel-good message of good triumphing over evil, the Ramayana has been one of the great epic poems of Indian culture for centuries. Originally attributed to the Hindu Sanskrit poet Valm...

Google named 'word of the decade' by American speech scholars

Google's dominance of the internet has spread to the world of linguistics with the verb spawned from the brand name being voted word of the decade.

$1.1M Degas artwork stolen from French museum

French police were searching Friday for a Degas painting stolen from a Marseilles museum a day earlier.

Japanese university plans huge 'manga' library

TOKYO — In a move to promote serious study of Japanese manga, a university in Tokyo plans to open a library with two million comic books, animation drawings, video games and other cartoon industry artifacts.

Unrecognised Leonardo da Vinci portrait revealed by his fingerprint

The ghost of a fingerprint in the top left corner of an obscure portrait appears to have confirmed one of the most extraordinary art discoveries.

Herta Müller Wins the Nobel Prize in Literature

MOTOKO RICH The New York Times 08.10.2009
Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German writer, won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Herta Müller, the Romanian-born German novelist and essayist who has written widely about the oppression of dictatorship in her native country and the unmoored life of the political exile, on Thursday won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature.

A view of Incaic sundial at the ruins of Machu Pichu

NEW YORK — From vanishing Kyoto merchant houses to the tourist-inundated ruins of Machu Picchu, heritage sites around the world are under pressure as never before, according to a New York-based preservation group.

William Safire

WASHINGTON — William Safire, a speechwriter for disgraced US president Richard Nixon and a longtime political columnist, died Sunday at the age of 79, his former employer The New York Times reported.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama

PITTSBURGH — From the pop artistry of the late Andy Warhol to the work of student performers, a display of arts was in store for the spouses of world leaders on the final day of an international economic summit.

Record Anglo-Saxon treasure trove found

Michael Thurston AFP 24.09.2009
Record Anglo-Saxon treasure trove found

LONDON — An unemployed metal detectorist has unearthed the biggest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found in a country field, archaeologists said on Thursday.

Famed and feared Hope Diamond goes naked

Famed and feared Hope Diamond goes naked

WASHINGTON — For the first time, the famed and feared Hope Diamond is on display au naturel. The doors were locked. Tense looking security guards took their positions. In rolled a cart, a white cloth covering its contents. Smithsonian Institution ...

Portrait Artist Rejects Offer For $1.8 Million On One-Of-A-Kind Michael Jackson Homage

Dick Zimmerman, famed portrait artist and creator of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" cover and Painter of his Homage to Michael Jackson titled HOMAGEKOP8/15, which was recently unveiled Friday, September 18th nationally on Entertainment Tonight, has ...

'Dirty Dancing' star Patrick Swayze dies at 57 after long battle with cancer

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Swayze personified a particular kind of masculine grace both on and off screen, from his roles in films like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost" to the way he carried himself in his long fight with pancreatic cancer.

New York's Sept 11 museum to display hijacker perspective

A museum dedicated to the September 11 attacks will display written quotations drawn from "martyrdom" videos made by the hijackers, along with witness testimonials that will be screened to prevent sympathizers from praising the perpetrators, museu...

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