A Little History of the World is a children’s book which was published in 1935 by Erenst H. Gombrich and was translated into English only in 2005. The book provides an uncomplicated introduction to history – one which can be read through and understood by children with only a basic idea of the subject because of its compact nature. The book can also act as fast and brief resource point for lovers of history; books like that are necessary when time is limited for a reader but eagerness to devour history still rages on which can only be satisfied with knowledge of the subject. The book has very good breadth: it does not only focus on feats of mankind but also on areas in history such as the Stone Age, World War II and the Treaty of Versailles and people like Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler; it also covers art and science as well within the context of history.
A new exhibition called DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes at the O2 in London, England provides an in-depth look into the how all of the characters were fashioned. The exhibition is also displaying some costumes from superhero movies, as well as early comic book covers, plenty of pages from comic books and preliminary works of art which includes superheroes like Batman and Superman.
The costumes on display are from films, like Batman Forever (1995), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and is inclusive of costumes of both superheroes, like Batman and Wonder Woman, plus of villains, like The Joker and Two-Face. In my outlook, the most striking costume on display at the exhibition is that of Catwoman – it is a ripped black costume which equate well with the feline-natured superhero’s provocative avatar.
A new book on Donald Trump places the spotlight on Trump’s children: Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, Barron and Tiffany. From the tales that the book provides, in my outlook, the children, surprisingly, do not collectively come across as fake. Instead, they appear as ordinary children with characters which can be criticized because of how they have led their lives. The tales, which includes stories like there are possibilities that Ivanka might have suffered more than once owing to medical mismanagement and also that Tiffany would peculiarly inspect the bill when out with her college-friends, are nonetheless quite interesting. Also, the tales from their lives are what makes you not want to entirely disregard the children of America’s current first family as a group of uninteresting and spoiled children with the spotlight placed upon them because their father is the current President of the United States.
Last year, on the 14th of June a fire started in a building called Grenfell Tower, which spread and ended up charring the building and killing more than seventy people. The building is situated in London and a new book places the spotlight on the tragedy, with a compilation of stories from writers such as Mike Gayle, Irvine Welsh, Christopher Brrokmyre, Meera Syal, Nina Stibbe and Murray Lachlan Young.
People who collided with the event were left homeless and with bad memories but they were supplied aid – in fact, heaps of food and clothes stockpiled spaces like town halls for the calamity. The stories in the book mostly are cheery not tragic and that makes the book a very strange tribute to the incident in London. Nevertheless, what the book does really well is underline this idea that the calamity can also affect the victims in a mental capacity and also makes the survivors of it have faith upon society.
The surviving victims are stuck in an almost uncaring world. So, when a book comes in and makes it difficult for the Grenfell Tower incident to be forgotten, it also appears that when others experience hardship society isn’t entirely thoughtless.
Charlie Puth’s second album provides a different take on contemporary pop sounds. But was it really necessary for Charlie to reinvent (with pop)? Featuring collaborations with a range of music artists (like, Kehlani), the album also has Charlie aboard as the producer for the first time. The 26-year-old, very shockingly, actually manages to impress with Voicenotes: Puth’s version of pop might be quite gritty but it is still remarkably catchy. It very much proves that something as brilliant as pop can be diversified in form and the result of that can be so good too. Standout tracks include: Attention and How Long.
Versace had the oddest of concepts in store for fall: a couple of the looks sported head coverings, in sprinkles of colour ranging from blue to black, which ushered in a rare conservative-tone to an otherwise purely contemporary collection filled with tartan and a certain edginess that’s hard to describe – it’s almost as if punk is actually chic, for a change. The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the vibrant colour palette, which went from yellow to red, very often.
The details were important too: coins, big belts, scarves, powerfully-styled boots, eye-grabbing socks and eccentric leggings, were all part of the collection. The fall show’s notes, it’s important to add, were properly encouraging: it stated that earning-prowess measure achievements, rather than have birth dictate the latter. It was a good demonstration of what the collection overwhelmingly represented – a redefined ’80s vibe, where accentuated-shoulders + form-fitting attires meant power.
The interviews of Richard Nixon in the ’70s by David Frost, one of England’s foremost journalists, revealed a side of the American President to the public that was urgently required – Nixon’s involvement in the offensive Watergate episode was interrogated in the harshest manner conceivable by a failed man, and this was at a time, when Nixon was attempting to recover from a period spent doused inside a jet of criticism himself. In the play, the tone of misery in the two people’s lives is unmissable, but a lot less so, for Frost who is simply a lot better at lying about his own reality than a President shockingly out to defend his reputation in the public eye, after Watergate. Even though the interviews hold no answerability, what the play wonderfully does is emphasize the importance of conducting a series of interrogations such as this, in a public manner; it really manages to underline the need to continually press leaders, in the public eye, for a greater revelation about themselves and their (political) doings.