Chaungtha Beach Beckons

This season can generally be called the tourism season. However, people are traveling all the time these days as the country is full of seasonal festivals from concerts and arts festivals in the plains areas to traditional festivals in the mountain ranges to festivals related to historic pagodas. There...
Andrew Keh and Ben Dooley (The New York Times) In his two decades as a consultant to organizations vying to host the Olympic Games, Terrence Burns helped write and review official bids and plans from dozens of potential candidate cities. In all those bids, he said, discussions of potential disruptions to...
LOS ANGELES Elizabeth Cantillon has worked in Hollywood for three decades, first as an executive at Sony Pictures, where she helped steer the James Bond franchise, and now as a producer. In other words, she has seen it all. But the current Oscar race has left her slack-jawed. Where are the...
  http://Canonical URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/sports/tennis/rising-stars.html In 2010, the three best players on the ATP Tour were Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. A decade later, they retain the top three rankings. Still, eventually new names will rise to the top. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev combined for dozens...
The New York Times NEW YORK A French masterpiece has come to New York for the first time ever, and has been greeted with a curious silence. It’s Jacques-Louis David’s “Bonaparte Crossing the Alps,” from 1801, and you know it even if you’ve never seen it in person. To commemorate Napoleon’s victory...
http://URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/16/arts/design/renaissance-women-painters-prado.html MADRID — Old Masters have always outnumbered Old Mistresses, especially at the Prado. The museum is chock-a-block with paintings we know from Art History 101, in which female artists seem almost nonexistent. We come to the Prado to admire El Greco’s bony saints and Francisco de Goya’s strolling...
New York Times The recent history of the Academy Awards is littered with puzzling and short-lived plans. Remember the pandering popular-film Oscar, or the show’s decision to present several categories during the commercial breaks? Both ideas were so roundly derided that they never made it past the point of a...

Kalaw On My Mind

  I had not been to Shan State since a childhood visit long ago. Distant memories of the trip created a blur between what I had experienced and the beautiful scenes I saw during the trip. Even the notion of being there was hard to recall. Maybe because I was...
Kenneth Chang (The New York Times) If you have tens of millions of dollars to spare, you could as soon as next year be one of three passengers setting off aboard a spaceship to the International Space Station for a 10-day stay. On March 5, Axiom Space, a company run by...

The Red Coats Are Coming

Vanessa Friedman (The New York Times) Forget the power shoulder. These days, it’s all about the power coat. At least when it comes to Jane Fonda — and, perhaps, to those who would follow her example. We are speaking, of course, of the five-alarm, bright red coat the actress and activist...