The incredible shrinking Global Britain – POLITICO

LONDON — For nearly 150 years, the United Kingdom’s embassy to Japan occupied a first piece of Tokyo real estate across the river from the Imperial Palace. The compound weathered a host of tragedies, including a break in diplomatic relations during World War II — and a 1923 earthquake. What it didn’t survive — at … Read more

Biffy Clyro pull Los Angeles gig ‘due to illness within the band’ – Music News

Biffy Clyro were forced to cancel the last date of their North American tour “due to an illness within the band”. The Scottish rock outfit – comprising Simon Neil and brothers James and Ben Johnston – were “devastated” to have to pull out of their planned performance at The Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles … Read more

A second JD Vance book falls through, publisher says

Republican Senate candidate JD Vance speaks to his supporters during an election night watch party, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster) Aaron Doster AP NEW YORK A second book by “Hillbilly Elegy” author and US Senate candidate JD Vance that had been under contract with Harper has been called off, the publisher … Read more

a drama designed to provoke classroom debate

Muscovy? Of all places!” Yup. That’s right. In the future dystopia of Noughts + Crosses (BBC One/Three), whey-faced young Brits are fleeing state oppression in Albion (Britain) and seeking sanctuary in more liberal Muscovy (Russia). They’re paying armed traffickers to nail them into packing crates with no guarantee of safe passage. Although the scriptwriters can’t … Read more

Sonia Sanchez wins $80,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

FILE – Sonia Sanchez appears on board the Norwegian Escape during the Summit at Sea cruise in Miami on Nov. 9, 2016. The 87-year-old poet has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, an $80,000 award. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File) Amy Harris Amy Harris/Invision/AP NEW YORK Sonia Sanchez has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, an $80,000 … Read more

LA Times Festival of Books Returns This Weekend – NBC Los Angeles

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has returned in person to the USC campus Saturday for a two-day event that promises to attract tens of thousands of people perusing the latest works and hearing directly from authors, celebrities and literary experts. More than 500 authors … Read more

American dream: Los Angeles as it really isn’t – in pictures | art and design

“I found it beautiful and hideous and mysterious all at once,” says George Byrne of Los Angeles, which sparked a creative epiphany in the Sydney-born photographer when he moved there in 2011. Drawn to LA’s “99c stores and gas stations”, Byrne began to shoot in color and experiment with digital manipulation and collage. The fruits … Read more

Losing It: How To Unlearn Everything You’ve Been Taught About Sex

How much do you know about sex? And I mean really know about sex. For most of us, our sex education started and stopped with the birds and the bees. We were taught the biology of our bodies, how to make babies and if we were lucky the difference between STDs and STIs. Since our … Read more

Did Whoopi Finally Leave ‘The View’? Joy Behar Says “She She’ll Be Gone For Awhile”

Longtime fans of The View have come to find Whoopi Goldberg an inextricable (and at times, quite controversial) part of the daytime talk show. She has, after all, been a main co-host on the show for the past 15 years. So it’s no wonder that people have been wondering over the last few days about … Read more

Star reporter Joanna Chiu’s book finalist for writing prize

Toronto Star journalist Joanna Chiu has been named a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for her first book “China Unbound: A New World Disorder.” Chiu, who has been covering China-related issues for more than 10 years, is one of five finalists shortlisted for the prestigious prize this year. The award is … Read more