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Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família: a landmark of its time

Spiritual high … Religious ecstasy can soar to new heights in Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona. When completed, the basilica will be the tallest church in the world. The nave ceiling (pictured) resembles a trippy fractal pattern or the canopy of an otherworldly, psychedelic forest. Planet organic … Gaudí’s visionary adaptation of nature’s supporting […]

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After the virus, what new priorities will we each have?

In an essay published last week in The Point magazine, Justin EH Smith, a professor of history and philosophy at the University of Paris, made an interesting observation about life in quarantine. Without downplaying the tragedies of the current pandemic, Smith, who is “fairly sure” he is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 as he writes, observes […]

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I’ve never seen … Rear Window

Some turned to Contagion, but the film I decided to watch in the first week of the lockdown was Rear Window, which turns out to be as close to having a Secret Cinema-type experience from the confines of one’s home as it is possible to have. I am not sure why this particular Hitchcock, out […]

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My streaming gem: why you should watch Breakdown

Back in 1997, Breakdown wasn’t my – or any of my friends’ – first choice when we saw it one Saturday evening at a shopping-mall multiplex in suburban Johannesburg. Whatever shinier blockbuster we had planned to see was sold out. By a process of elimination, factoring in what others had already seen and what a […]

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Bafta games awards 2020: Outer Wilds and Disco Elysium dominate

Independent video games were the big winners at this year’s Bafta Games awards, which took place as a live-streamed event on Thursday evening after the planned ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19. Sci-fi action puzzler Outer Wilds took the best game award, as well as game design and original property. Offbeat detective adventure Disco Elysium […]

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‘We Can’t Spend What We Don’t Have’: Virus Strikes N.Y. Budget

ALBANY, N.Y. — With the coronavirus outbreak racing through the state, sickening thousands of New Yorkers each day and draining the state economy, the Legislature on Friday was forced to pass a $177 billion budget that was laden with uncertainties. The state is expecting at least $10 billion less in tax revenue, a steep gap […]

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