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Karl's photo stream

Karl's photo stream

Karl Hir
Jul 16, 2019
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In Other News

In Other News

NewsPlexus Media
Jul 4, 2019
The replica Lion of Mosul, which can be viewed online , was modelled from crowd-sourced photos taken by Mosul Museum visitors in happier times and 3-D printed as part of Google's digital arts and culture project. It's going on display at London's Imperial War Museum in an exhibition that looks at how war devastates societies' cultural fabric — and at the ingenious and often heroic steps taken to preserve it.

Through the Lens

Through the Lens

NewsPlexus Media
May 16, 2019
The sartorial theme of this year's Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala was "camp"— not summer camp, but the aesthetic of camp and its influence on fashion, as explored in the museum's new exhibit, "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Instructions for guests were to dress with "studied triviality." While the results varied hugely — from Katy Perry dressing as an elaborate candlelit chandelier (and later, a cheeseburger) to Kanye West wearing a simple black jacket that cost about $40 — there were indeed some slam-dunk "camp" moments.

Audio Books

Audio Books

Karl Hir
Mar 22, 2019
Cory Doctorow reads Lewis Carroll's classic children's novel Alice in Wonderland. This is the first book I ever read on my own, and it was a pleasure to read it aloud for you.

World News from News Plexus

World News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Mar 15, 2019
Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the literary and human rights organization announced Thursday. The award was established in 1987 and is given to writers imprisoned for their work, with previous recipients coming from Ukraine, Egypt and Ethiopia among other countries. In custody for working to "undermine the security" of the kingdom, Abdulaziz, Al-Hathloul and Al-Nafjan have openly opposed such government policies as a ban on women driving and the restriction of women's travel, education and other rights without approval from a male guardian. On Wednesday, al-Hathloul and al-Nafjan were among those at a closed-door hearing in Riyadh, according to Amnesty International. Reporters were not allowed in.

World News from News Plexus

World News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Feb 24, 2019
Taking center stage in the weekly protests against Serbia's autocratic president was a role that actors Sergej and Branislav Trifunovic felt compelled to play. The two brothers are among the main public faces of the demonstrations against populist leader Aleksandar Vucic's firm grip on power that started in early December. They march with the masses and speak at rallies. Sergej Trifunovic also has taken a role leading a liberal political movement.

World News from News Plexus

World News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Feb 20, 2019
Karl Lagerfeld once created a Walmart-sized "Chanel Shopping Center" to show off his ready-to-wear collection. It featured aisle upon aisle of luxury foods labeled "one for the price of two." Immediately after models had paraded through the aisles, guests raided the shelves. Rihanna posed in a shopping cart, and Keira Knightley looked on amazed. "Luxury should be worn like you're going to the supermarket. It's the pop art of the 21st century," Lagerfeld said, his eyes barely visible behind his enigmatic shades. The show was the type of presentation that came to define much of Lagerfeld's six-decade career at the top of fashion.

US News from News Plexus

US News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Jan 21, 2019
The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, the school's president said, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers.

World News from News Plexus

World News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Dec 6, 2018
It's the color of underwater reefs hanging on for dear life. The sky at dusk. Some of the latest iPhones and the latest looks on the runways of Marc Jacobs and other top fashion designers. Living Coral has been chosen by the Pantone Color Institute as its 2019 color of the year.

World News from News Plexus

World News from News Plexus

NewsPlexus Media
Nov 23, 2018
From Senegal to Ethiopia, artists, governments and museums eagerly awaited the report by French art historian Benedicte Savoy and Senegalese economist Felwine Sarr — commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron. It recommends that French museums give back works that were taken without consent, if African countries request them, and could increase pressure on museums elsewhere in Europe to follow suit. An estimated 90 percent of African art is outside the continent, including statues, thrones and manuscripts.