Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s art named ‘Comedian’, which is a piece of banana with a duct strap, priced at $120,000 won at Art Basel Miami. It was the endpoint in a creative process that saw him cycling through renditions of the fruit in resin and bronze, before settling on the real thing. The fair is also called ‘Running of the Billionaires’.
Every mother loves a gift from her beloved child. Books are a great way to show your love. Some of the perfect gifts for your mom are ‘Motherhood’ by Sheila Heti, ‘You’ve Been Volunteered’ by Laurie Gelman, ‘When You Knew’ by Jamie Beck, ‘The Mars Room’ by Rachel Kushner, ‘That Kind of Mother’ by Rumaan Alam, and ‘The Amendment’ by Anne Leigh Parrish.
Journalist Nirmala Govindarajan's book 'Hunger Daughters' is about the girls of Naxalite-infested Orissa. She talks of female resilience to the hunger and other challenges of a world lost to urban oblivion. The book binds the unexplored shades of poverty and power, with an underlying story of love and girls who have become breadwinners at the age of 12.
Madame Menaka was a legendary Kathak dancer. She was also the first Kathak exponent who had embarked upon choreographing group dances and dance-dramas. Born on Oct 15, 1899 in Barisal, East Bengal in a family where they had estates .Her real name was Leila Roy. She was the daughter of an Indian Bengali Pearey Lal Roy, a barrister trained in England.
Readers love historical fiction for its ability to take you to another time and place. They also highlight little-known or underreported events in history. Some such popular books by women are ‘The Age of Light by’ Whitney Scharer, ‘The Chelsea Girls’ by Fiona Davis, ‘The Last Collection’ by Jeanne Mackin, and ‘The Satapur Moonstone’ by Sujata Massey.
The exploitation of the Dionne sisters is the subject of a new book by Sarah Miller. Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe started spreading the news after he helped to deliver five identical girls in a Canada farmhouse in in 1934. The family’s tight financial situation meant the quintuplets were housed in a veritable baby zoo visited by thousands of spectators daily.