Culture

Lord of the brush.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s malevolent dragon Smaug is just one of hundreds of iconic Tolkien characters and mythical landscapes brought to life by visionary illustrator and conceptual artist John Howe.

How you fight the game.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: It was a time of war. Yet there was no news from the front and none would come quickly. A clever man, instructed to come up with some diversion, invented a startling board war game between four kingdoms that was an instant success.

Rolex and James Cameron.

Rolex has pushed the limits of timekeeping on many illustrious explorations. Most recently, the company partnered with filmmaker James Cameron on a record-breaking ocean dive.

Great expectations.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: On November 12, 1951, the National Ballet of Canada made its debut in Toronto. At the helm is artistic director Karen Kain, one of Canada’s most beloved and honoured ballerinas.

Through the lens.

When fashion and film unite, expect the unexpected. The Giorgio Armani brand is a long-time patron of the arts, and now the company is promoting emerging filmmakers through its Films of City Frames initiative.

Books by Rachel Kushner, Geoff Dyer, and Peter Gizzi.

Many contemporary novels, however enjoyable, seem content tracing the doings and events and psychologies corralled inside their clearly delineated piece of fictional terrain. Other novels, however, throw open the windows and let the world’s chaos blow throw a narrative.

What happens to your digital remains?

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Derek Miller is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that—because Miller himself told us. His final words, uploaded posthumously by a close friend on May 4, 2011, were both pithy and poignant: “Here it is. I’m dead, and this is the last post to my blog.” He was 41.

Cultural commune.

An architectural luminary and a fashion-house great will come together in Paris this fall with the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in a new Frank Gehry–designed building.