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Another must-have for every library is Katy Hessel’s The Story of Art without Men. Most libraries have a request form, why not ask your local library to acquire a copy for its shelves?
Nan Goldin (b 1953) is an American photographer and activist whose work explores LGBTQ+ subcultures, sexual intimacy, HIV/AIDS crisis, and the opioid epidemic. Now, a new documentary film, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras is set to release in the UK in January 2023. It is an “epic, emotional and interconnected story” about Nan “told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis”.
For those of us in the UK, today marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year and according to the Met Office, that means a staggering nine hours more of darkness than we get for the summer solstice.
“This small volume is a whole lot of fun! Having taken up mixology as my lockdown hobby, I take the contents very seriously (I shall be toasting the New Year with a Marlene Dietrich), but even if the cocktails aren’t for you, the bios and illustrations of 60 iconic women from Alison Bechdel to Yayoi Kusama justify finding a slot in the bookcase for “Free the Tipple”.
Two historical pioneers of photography share the same birthday! Both Gerti Deutsch and Gisèle Freund were born on this day in 1908.
For many of us, our introduction to English Literature was Charles Dickens, and it’s that time of year when his Christmas Carol appears in bookshops, libraries and on the TV.
You Can Never Have Too Many Cats! Cats are glorious creatures — yes, they are independent but they will also love you unconditionally. You just have to know how to treat them right.
After a difficult year it’s important to find bliss in the everyday, whether that’s calling an old friend, sneaking some snacks that were supposed to be saved for Christmas day or pouring yourself a drink…