On your bike: best available books about cycling

With the Tour de France in full swing, saddle up and check out the greatest volumes on two wheels In Mythologies , Roland Barthes argued that the Tour de Francewas an epic ritual as much as it was a sporting event. For Barthes the race, which set off from the village of Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile in north-west […]

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Rosa Barba examines the everyday chaos of Sao Paulo’s ‘giant earthworm’ highway

Shes explored cities around the world, and now the Italian artist has cast her eye on the Minhoco, a controversial insignium of a splendidly untidy megalopolis In the center of the largest city in Latin America, amid a wood of closely packed towers, snakes an elevated freeway of more than three kilometers, slicing from east […]

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Detroit plays Aretha Franklin’s reaches and recollects its hometown queen

Detroiters recollect a singer who changed the course of music but always espoused her often beleaguered hometown Detroiters continue to celebrate Aretha Franklin, their homegrown’ queen of soul ‘, with events, gatherings and tributes that show no signs of slowing down. The singer died from pancreatic cancer on Thursday, at her home in the city. […]

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Fearless Girl? She looks like she’s auditioning for a Tv talent indicate | Emma Brockes

The new bronze statue facing down the Charging Bull on Wall Street is meant to be a symbol of defiant femininity. What a pity it builds no sense I had a meeting near Wall Street this week, half a block from the Charging Bull statue. I havent been down there for years; the last time […]

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Steve Reich: the composer with his finger on the pulse

Reich proved the world the hypnotic pleasures of repetition as his music took in religion, politics and New York city life and aged 80, hes still moving forward For 30 years I strolled around Manhattan with earplugs in my ears. Steve Reich, whose music seems to personify the pulsing energy of the metropolis, doesnt enjoy […]

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Burned, frozen, winched, dangled and hit by a automobile: the shocking extreme art of Guido van der Werve

From traversing the Baltic on ocean ice to setting his own body ablaze, the Dutchman goes to amazing lengths to create mind-boggling artworks. And now hes heading for Britain When I called the artist Guido van der Werve last year to arrange a meeting, Pauline Portrait, his studio director, told me he was retrieving from […]

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Doc& Darryl: Judd Apatow checks in with the Mets heroes who fell to earth

In his first documentary, Judd Apatow takes as his subject the baseball player who became monarches of New York, before narcotics and alcohol got the better of them Take two major male superstars, surround them with wild and colorful bros, throw in some obstacles and plenty of crazy high jinks and, voil , you have […]

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