The New York Times I rarely play favorites while covering the Oscar race, but when it comes to this year’s best-actor contender Antonio Banderas… Well, who wouldn’t love to see his well-deserved comeback come to a glittery conclusion? At 59, Banderas is a first-time Oscar nominee, the latest twist in a...
Holland Cotter (The New York Times) NEW YORK When I was, maybe, 10, flipping through books in my grandfather’s house I came across a photograph of the Great Mosque at Djenné in Mali, West Africa, and thought, this is the strangest, most wonderful, most outer-space building I’ve ever seen. Beige-color and...

A Sea Change for Plastic

Unwanted plastics clog landfills and sully city streets and nature preserves. Most alarming to many, the material is beginning to overwhelm the planet’s oceans — from the ballooning Great Pacific Garbage Patch to trash discovered in the Pacific’s deepest reaches. The amount of plastic streaming into the oceans is roughly...
The New York Times NEW YORK For all that the climate crisis has been at the center of the international conversation, as the New York collections draw to a close, the question of sustainability has been strangely absent from the catwalks. Admittedly, paper invitations have largely given way to digital ones, and...
http://URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/24/travel/Bacalar-mexico-the-next-tulum.html Lauren Sloss (The New York Times) The first glimpse of Laguna Bacalar felt like a mirage, a flash of luminous turquoise through a haze of trees. Twenty-six miles long and just over a mile wide, the “Lake of Seven Colors” snakes through the jungle, carrying tales of Mayan origins...
Doreen Carvajal (The New York Times) MADRID – Manolo Osuna lacks a formal art education, but he has spent years roaming the galleries of the Prado Museum as a guard and leader of a seven-person moving brigade that hefts national treasures by Spanish masters like Velázquez and Goya around the...
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...
The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the World’s Biggest Book Sale, will be returning to Myanmar from December 23rd to 30th December 2020 – but this time the event will be held entirely online at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale’s official website. Redesigned to cater to the current need...
http://URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/sports/sydney-hobart-yacht-race-smoke.html John Clarke (The New York Times) Hundreds of sailors were about to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Then one uninvited guest showed up: Smoke from nearby bushfires. An eerie layer of haze that cut visibility in Sydney Harbor to 0.1 nautical miles forced the cancellation...