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A SWATH of southern Iraq has been called many things: Land of the swamp people. Mother of all untapped oil reserves. Scene of the worst environmental crime in history. Cradle of civilisation.
From Europe to China, Prague to Pretoria, the United States is not popular. And it#8217;s a dislike with roots reaching much further back than the anger caused by the current US-led attack on Iraq. Yet, American popular culture is eagerly absorbed and even emulated worldwide. Andy Beckett examines an intriguing book that attempts to explore this dichotomy.
Some have to eat while reading, some have to read while eating, and others savour words in the toilet. In conjunction with World Book Day today, ALLAN KOAY finds out what makes Malaysian book lovers tick.
A venerable jewellery house brings its tradition of excellence to bear on creating fragrances that dazzle the senses just as much as its gems dazzle the eyes.
She grew up partly in Canada#8217;s woods, and decided to become a writer while at high school. After international success she became a human rights activist but continued to write, winning the Booker prize. In her new novel she uses a male narrator to describe a genetically engineered future. ROBERT POTTS reports.
When June Baharuddin decided to launch her new Galeri Tangsi in Kuala Lumpur, she chose the delicate and provocative subject of I>Vanity/I>. She roped in Italian/Brazilian artist and photographer Luiz Allegretti, whose forte is blending the classical with cutting edge. The star of the exhibition was a life-sized, black and white potrait of Sultanah Kalsom of Pahang.
In I>Hamlet: Poem Unlimited/I>, author Harold Bloom attempts to uncover the mystery of both Prince Hamlet and the play itself, how both the prince and the drama are able to break through the conventions of theatrical mimesis and the representation of character, making us question the very nature of theatrical illusion.