Where your interests lie, that's where your abilities lie.
Do not wait until life is difficult for you, only to regret the past too comfortable
1 Nowadays, there's a phrase that makes a particularly high profile: live in the moment. You will find that the younger you are, the more people like to say this phrase. Every time I tell my younger siblings to think more about the future, they will use this phrase to refute me: "Sister, are you tired of living?"
If you are not strong, who will be brave for you?
with whenn I was a child, I cried, I was angry, and I didn't know how happy I was; when I grew up, I fell and no one helped me, my heart hurt and no one understood, so I learned to be strong and hide my grievances in my heart.
The story of the ‘queen of flowers’
“It might well be said of this beautiful flower, that nature has exhausted herself in trying to lavish on it the freshness of beauty, of form, perfume, brilliancy, and grace.” This is how Charlotte de la Tour describes the rose in her famous book Le Langage des Fleurs (The Language of Flowers). In it, the rose occupies a central and almost hallowed position. Her sentiments were nothing new; before the publication of her book in 1819, the rose had – for millennia – been prized for its beauty, both aesthetic and olfactory. Like de La Tour, the Greek writer Achilles Tatius called the rose the “queen of flowers” in the second century AD, and to Persian poets like Hafez, its loveliness was unrivalled. And the rose continues to be strongly associated with beauty today, as it does with love; but within its folds lie many other connotations, some of which aren’t as rosy. Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, an upcoming spring 2021 exhibition at the Museum at FIT (New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology), explores the myriad meanings of what is perhaps the most symbolically rich – and controversial – flower, not only in fashion but in everything from mythology and literature to religion and politics.
The anti-minimalist trend that celebrates mess
"I've always been fascinated by all types of objects: toys, illustrated books, postcards, porcelain," says Spanish artist Juanjo Fuentes, who is telling BBC Culture about his fantastical home in the historic centre of Malaga, in which almost every surface is covered by a joyous array of baubles and curios. "I get things from flea markets and I've always been the one keeping the family objects. And I'm very lucky because my friends offer me the objects that belonged to their relatives – they are more minimalist than I am," he laughs.
The millennials redefining sexy
If you want to understand just how much underwear has changed in the past couple of decades, just look at Serena Rees’s journey. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Rees achieved massive international success with Agent Provocateur, which she launched with her partner Joseph Corré in 1994 and sold for a reported £100m in 2007. Where Agent Provocateur was known for creating vampy luxury lingerie and high-octane glamour for women, Rees’s most recent venture, the underwear-meets-streetwear label Les Girls Les Boys, takes a different tack.
Girlbosses: The women being demonised on screen
In the new series of Industry, the HBO drama about young bankers in London that has just returned after the first season proved a zeitgeist-y hit, we see that Yasmin (Marisa Abela), previously a naive graduate, has risen through the ritual humiliations of the Pierpoint & Co foreign exchange desk. She holds court at lavish client dinners, enjoys a hedonistic nightlife and makes deals the morning after, strutting around the finance floor in power designer suits. To borrow social media vernacular, she is totally bossing it.
Film review: Long Shot
Romantic comedies have an endless array of clichés to choose from. There are the mismatched lovers who are unaccountably perfect for each other, their respective wise-cracking best friends, the inevitable breakup and then the last-minute mad dash through the rain by one of them to win the other back. With Seth Rogen as a shambling, muckraking journalist and Charlize Theron as the glamorous US Secretary of State, Long Shot embraces every one of those tropes except for the downpour. Yet it is so cheerful and charming that it works as gleefully unambitious escapism.
Film review: Toy Story 4
There are those of us (myself included) who would argue that the first three Toy Story episodes stand as the finest trilogy in Hollywood history, and for us Toy Story 4 was a nerve-wracking prospect. Nine years ago, Toy Story 3 seemed to be the perfect farewell to a perfect series, so another instalment was about as welcome as a moustache and sunglasses painted on the Mona Lisa. We needn’t have worried. It’s clear within minutes that the new cartoon, directed by Josh Cooley, will be as gorgeously animated and as generously sprinkled with jokes as Pixar’s best work, and any lingering misgivings melt away in the warm glow of seeing Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the rest of the loveable, misfit gang back together.
Why Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece
A young woman’s face appears on a movie screen, gigantic in close-up and starkly black and white, interrupting a Nazi propaganda movie. In a Paris theatre, where Hitler and other Nazi officials are attending the German film’s premiere, the haunting screen image of Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) tells them, “You are all going to die.” She has set a fire that will kill them, unaware that her plot overlaps with a US-and-British military operation to blow up the theatre. The entire exhilarating sequence – from the film within the film, to Shosanna’s fire, the soldiers’ bloody shootout, and the wish-fulfillment of Hitler’s death – unites the strands of Quentin Tarantino’s underrated masterpiece, Inglourious Basterds, released 10 years ago this month.