While Laaksonen’s fantasies were fuelled by his experiences in the second world war (the Finns fought on the side of the Nazis; although he despised the ideology, Laaksonen admitted to loving the jackboots), he was anti-racist, depicting interracial gay couplings when they were completely taboo. “I think it’s good to look at the more progressive aspects of his work, like if the black guy fucked the cop then this is literally fuck the police, and we’re talking the 1950s,” says Stefan Kalmár, director of the ICA in London, who put on a Tom of Finland exhibition two years ago at his previous gallery, Artists Space in New York. “It’s hard to comprehend what it meant to see male stereotypes so – for a want of a better word – perverted.” … [Read more...] about World of leather: how Tom of Finland created a legendary gay aesthetic
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Prince had clearly been paying attention to the excitement around the trio’s debut EP The Story, which found fans in the Roots’ Questlove and Erykah Badu. But after the EP and the gig came a couple of singles and, then, nothing. What perhaps looked like a failure to deliver, due to a bout of hype-induced paralysis, was – according to the group – simply the sign of their “perfectionist attitude”. And so, last month, five years after the Prince show, they finally returned with their debut album, We Are King. … [Read more...] about King: the soul trio with Stevie Wonder on their side
However, Viagogo’s inventory manager offers tools likely to appeal to any touts who wish to ignore these restrictions. One function, entitled “Clones”, lets the seller duplicate a listing multiple times, meaning anyone who has managed to obtain dozens of tickets can sell them in smaller batches. … [Read more...] about Revealed: Viagogo site offers toolkit that could be used by fraudsters
But cutting Mandarin is only one piece in the project to reclaim the weekend; government and industry need to step up. A government review is underway to make recommendations about the rights of independent contractors. Last year, France passed “right to disconnect” legislation, obliging companies with more than 50 employees to negotiate with employees about their rights to turn off their smartphones after hours. This is humane and smart: countries with a culture of shorter hours are more productive. After about 40 hours, the quality of the output suffers, and workers are prone to mistakes. Protecting the weekend is good governance and good business. … [Read more...] about Who killed the weekend?
If you don’t work a four day week, would you like to? Why? If you think the idea is incompatible with your sector or situation, tell us why and what other ideas you think might improve things. You can also get in touch if you have some professional or academic expertise in the area. … [Read more...] about Four-day working week: share your experiences and views