Swiss-born artist Félix Vallotton created disquieting paintings that conjure a sense of mystery – and menace, writes Kelly Grovier. By Kelly Grovier 5 August 2019 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Google+ Share by Email The key to unlocking the mysterious magic of Swiss-born artist Félix Vallotton, whose paintings and woodcuts are the subject of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in London, can be found in a scene from a novel no one remembers: La Vie Meurtrière (or The Murderous Life), which Vallotton wrote in 1907, when he was 42. In it, Jacques Verdier, the narrator of this fictionalised autobiography, recalls an incident from childhood when he and his … [Read more...] about Félix Vallotton: A painter of disquiet and menace
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An innocent couple were subjected to a vindictive year long ''prank calls'' campaign by their neighbours' son after he wrongly accused them of being racist. They got a string of unwanted 4am deliveries at their home after Michael Wang took umbrage when police refused to take action over his trumped-up claim he was mocked for being Chinese. Between November 2017 and October last year Wang, 27, secretly used a string of untraceable mobile numbers he acquired via an app to fake orders for late night takeaway meals and taxis to be sent to their home. He also pretended to be the man in crank phone calls and even made a hoax call to a local hospital which was forced to send out an ambulance crew when it was falsely claimed the victim had collapsed at home with a drug overdose. A funeral company even sent details to the couple's house in the mistaken belief that the man had died. The couple - who had no idea about the wrongful accusation of racism - had to install CCTV at their home due to … [Read more...] about Innocent couple faced a year long ‘prank calls’ campaign
YOU ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. BUT EXPERTS SAY YOU ALSO ARE WHERE YOU LIVE. IN A SPECIAL REPORT, THE IRISH TIMES SHOWS HOW 10 IRISH MAIN STREETS INFLUENCE THE HEALTH OF THOSE WHO LIVE THERE Most of us accept the wisdom that you are what you eat. But it’s also true to say that you are where you live. The spaces where we live, work and socialise shape our choices about our consumption and behavioural habits. These are automatic and unthinking, triggered by cues in the environment around us. Living in a vibrant town with access to health advice, a choice of shops, accessible places to exercise and welcoming spaces to congregate makes it easier to opt for healthy lifestyle choices. On the other hand, if you live in a place surrounded by clusters of takeaway outlets, bookmakers and pubs, those healthy choices require a more conscious effort. The architect and former president of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, Paul Keogh, cites the term “obesogenic … [Read more...] about Pubs, shops and coffee joints: How healthy is your street?
IF THERE is one thing that people on both the left and right can agree, it is that expressions of our political and social differences have become markedly less cordial—and that this makes it harder to find common ground and solve common problems. The good news is that science is on the case. Empathy is not like a person’s adult height, something unalterable. Instead, it is a characteristic that can be actively encouraged or discouraged. This is the central message of a new book, “The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World”, by Jamil Zaki, the director of the Social Neuroscience Lab at Stanford University. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. The ability to structure our workplaces, schools, public spaces—and even media—to increase interactions with people from other walks of life may boost the respect that people bestow on others. This, in turn, may go some way towards … [Read more...] about How to increase empathy and unite society
An image from Gillette's 'We Believe: The Best Men Can Be' advertising campaign showing some men engaging in potentially toxic masculinity by barbecuing I've become quite jaded by the ongoing public debate on masculinity. For those unfamiliar with the concept of 'toxic masculinity', a quick look online at the latest Gillette advertisement, The Best a Man Can Be, will bring you up to speed. While this short video advertisement is clearly a marketing masterclass aimed at sparking controversy and attracting attention to the brand name in question, it does provide an idea of where the public debate on masculinity has landed. Recently, a more measured challenge to the male role in society has come from the American Psychological Association (APA) through the publication of its Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men. This document defines what it calls "traditional masculinity ideology" as: "...a particular constellation of standards that have held sway over large … [Read more...] about Oisín Walsh: What’s the best a man can be?