EXTINCTION – Novel by Thomas Bernhard

He was born in a Holland convent (his mother, unwed at the time, had fled there from Austria to give birth). After a year, she returned to her parents in Vienna, where her father became the major influence on Bernhard. After surviving a life-threatening coma, he studied music and drama in Salzburg and Vienna. Thomas Bernhard, was an Austrian writer ...

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THE GODFATHER OF A NEW FORM OF POP ART

BANKSY 1/3 – He is the godfather of a new form of pop art, that originated on the street. He used a foundation created by peers, to spread powerful messages using accessible street art. Banksy’s artwork, has been seen across the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INPxijwS3AY His travels have included Israel and Jamaica, Australia and England, the United States and even Canada. Arguably ...

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I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

By the soundtrack by the Lolita’s film, “I’m in the mood for love”, an song written by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, performed by Vera Lynn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGj9GhjZhSE, other versions are those of Rod Stewart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXk4QWg4aI4, Louis Armostrong https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri2CkhAKW1E and Barbra Streisand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLtIP63KXv0: I’m in the mood for love simply because you’re near me. Funny, but when you’re near me I’m ...

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LIGHT OF MY LIFE, FIRE OF MY LOINS – Lolita, novel by Vladimir Nabokov

The novel is narrated by Humbert. The novel’s flamboyant style is characterized by double entendres, multilingual puns, anagrams, and coinages such as nymphet (word, which can be found in most dictionaries). Lolita, today it is regarded as one of the prime achievements in 20th century literature. The novel was adapted into a film by Stanley Kubrick https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY0LrmKXsB8 and again by Adrian ...

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ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY

This highly respected anthology https://www.amazon.com/Contemporary-American-Poetry-Poulin/dp/0618527850 presents the works of 70 poets who have shaped the contours and direction of mainstream American poetry (from 1960 to the present). Contemporary American Poetry was designed to provide a rich reading experience, more than 500 selections illustrate the variety and vitality of American poetry over the last few decades. For each poet, the collection ...

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ROMANTIC GETAWAYS AROUND THE WORLD

  You can spend the day sightseeing Portofino, a lush seaside village famous for its picturesque harbour  and many artistic visitors. The “Piazzetta,” meeting-up point for the international jet-set, is the symbol of town, while the port, with its characteristic, brightly-colored houses, is the icon of this borgo’s maritime traditions, whose inhabitants were called delfini (“dolphins”).  Don’t miss to climb the ...

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PATRICK KRAMER, AMERICAN PAINTER – Hyperrealistic Oil Paintings

PATRICK KRAMER 1/3 – He is a painter by profession (a perfectionist by nature). It’s no wonder he got drawn to realism, where everything need to be just right, in order for it to be convincing. He is a hyper realistic painter originally from Kaysville (Utah), the youngest child of German immigrants. Working from photos, he paint whatever captures his ...

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BORN INTO THIS

Although he was never truly associated with Beat writers, his informal style and non-conforming literary approach has endeared him to readers of the Beat genre. He began writing at a young age. Then he gave up writing for the world of work and bars (not publishing, not writing, for nearly twenty years). Ten of those years were spent roaming from ...

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FIVE MAGNIFICENT EUROPEAN MUSEUMS

Architect Philip Johnson, described it as the greatest building of our time. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (designed by architect Frank Gehry), is one of the most world-renowned contemporary museum buildings. The 256,000 square foot museum is still pretty new, it opened in 1997, but it’s already well-respected thanks to its impressive permanent collection (featuring works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, ...

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