FROM THE ARCHIVE: The most notorious of all female spies, the personification of the femme fatale, the mysterious exotic and erotic dancer from the East, Mata Hari was really Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, who broke away from her Friesland home in the Netherlands by answering a personal ad in the newspaper.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Muhammad Ali was once quoted saying: “The sun has a purpose. The moon has a purpose. The snow has a purpose. Cows have a purpose. You were born for a purpose. You have to find your purpose.”
The first thing I noticed was the breasts. They were hard to miss. True, this was a Picasso—something from the Rose Period, wherein breasts still plainly resembled, well, breasts—but I was only eight years old and my appreciation of high art was somewhat lacking.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Ian McEwan, the acclaimed author of Amsterdam, Atonement, and Saturday, among many other works, talks about his youthful “reckless pessimism”, his currently optimistic world view, and what it means to live a good life.
Step out of a warm, muggy night into an air-conditioned little bungalow on a quiet side street. Inside is a holding area with a waist-high partition and behind it, a curved bench along the wall. Five young Thai women, wearing numbers for easy ordering, lean forward and smile.
Xavier Rudd strolls across the empty ballroom floor, watching two technicians set up his equipment on stage. One of them notes, “This takes 10 times longer than a normal five-piece rock and roll band.”
We feed our bodies from the inside out, so why not target our complexions the same way? Enter French skin-care company Skeen+, whose Skeen+ drink extracts the antioxidant benefits of grapes into drinkable, pipette-size doses
FROM THE ARCHIVE: With jeans tattered and torn, skin leathery and tough, Reece Terris looks every bit the construction worker. At first glance, you wouldn’t suppose that one of Canada’s most promising visual artists was standing before you.
In Japan, where public baths are everywhere, communal bathing is a pleasurable everyday ritual. Visitors who stay at hot springs resorts can experience a mental and physical cleanse while immersing themselves (literally) in Japanese culture.