Culture

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.

Behind the clues.

Brandishing a pencil, a pen if he is confident, a puzzler turns to the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times, scans the page, finds his quarry, and settles in for a fight.

Paradigm shift.

“Your first obligation as a student is to fill your eyes with wonder.” Dr. Wade Davis—professor of anthropology, former explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, author of 17 books and counting—has the full attention of an auditorium of students at the University of British Columbia.

The Forbidden City at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Amidst Beijing’s dense landscape lies the Forbidden City. For over 500 years, the halls of this royal residence remained a mystery to all but the emperor, his family, and those who served him.