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Unseen Beatrix Potter illustration to go on display for first time at V&A

Reprinted from the guardian.co.uk by Maev Kennedy

new beatrix potter.jpgPeter Rabbit drawing for story of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display to celebrate 150th anniversary of birth of children’s author Beatrix Potter.

The watercolour is unfamiliar, but the central figure is known to millions: a rabbit in a blue coat ferociously setting about a pair of villainous ferrets with his umbrella.

The newly discovered picture by Beatrix Potter, for a story of Kitty-in-Boots – the black cat skulking behind the tree – that she never completed, will go on display at the Victoria and Albert museum from 2 May, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors.

The uncompleted watercolour, which is owned by a private collector and will be seen for the first time on loan to the exhibition, was identified by curator Emma Laws as a study for a project known only from draft manuscripts of the text, one finished drawing and two rough sketches.

The V&A has the largest collection of Potter material in the world, and an exhibition this summer, Beatrix Potter’s London, will bring together images, letters, sketches and her earliest published works. Although Potter is most associated with the Lake District, where she became a renowned farmer when her little books made her an independently wealthy woman, she was brought up a stone’s throw from the South Kensington museums.

She spent hours studying and drawing in the V&A and the Natural History museum collections – including minutely detailed drawings of garments in the costume gallery, which bore fruit in stories like The Tailor of Gloucester.

  • The unpublished drawing of Kitty-in-Boots will be on display from 2 to 31 May, free, in Gallery 102 at the V&A. Beatrix Potter’s London will be on display from July 2016 to April 2017.

What Does Jay Z Think of Beyoncé’s Lemonade?

I WAS SERVED LEMONS , by Julie Miller, VANITY FAIR, APRIL 27, 2016 6:46

On Saturday, Beyoncé responded to years’ worth of marital speculation with Lemonade, an explosively honest album in which she lyrically accuses husband Jay Z of lying, cheating, and taking her for granted. As the New Yorker summarized, “Lemonade is the product of a brutal tension: a woman who has been deified by the entire world and yet cannot secure the love of the person closest to her.” A sampling of the accusatory lyrics: “What a wicked way to treat the girl who loves you.” “You can taste the dishonesty. . .It’s all over your breath.” “Tonight I regret the night I put that ring on.” So how exactly as Jay Z handling the not-so-subtle call-outs about his allegedly philandering ways?

rs_634x1024-160427084540-634-beyonce-jay-z-miami-rehearsal-exclusive-j1r-042716Seemingly fine, according to photos and reports that have surfaced since Lemonade’s release. The power duo were photographed side-by-side in Miami on Tuesday as Beyoncé prepared for the first concert on her Formation tour, which falls on Wednesday night. Another photo shows Jay Z smoking a cigar with a friend on Tuesday, seemingly relaxed. The reason, suggests E!, is that he has had plenty of time to process the the album’s accusations.

“Jay was involved in the creation of Lemonade and knew every song Bey was going to release,” a source close to the couple tells E!. “He knew the lyrics; he knew the implications. He had to approve the songs before release. . . Jay is all about self-expression, so he gets it. Beyoncé shares music before it’s released with Jay so he can listen and share his thoughts. When it comes to music, they are very in it together and supportive of each other’s craft.”

According to the same insider, Jay Z also saw a personal upside to the album.

“Jay is a very smart businessman,” the mole adds. “Bottom line is that they are both really smart and they both saw dollar signs.”

E!’s source suggests that Jay Z’s support of the album, in spite of the inflammatory lyrics, is a sign of the couple working through the difficulties in their marriage.

“He understands the reasoning [behind her decision to release such personal tracks],” continues the source. “This is part of the process of being transparent. And they have healed. He has been very humble about the experience. Beyoncé is the love of his life and he will do what it takes.”

A source cited by People confirms the reconciliation, saying, “They definitely went through a rough patch a couple years ago, but they came out stronger in the end.”


Read More The Real Reason Why Beyoncé Made Lemonade on E!News.com


Meet Warsan Shire, the Somali-British Poet quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade.

guardian.co.uk by Rafia Zakaria

1920She was London’s Young Poet Laureate, becoming a voice for its marginalised people – now her work has been recited by the queen of pop

She writes of places where many Beyoncé fans rarely go, the portions of London where the faces are black and brown, where men huddle outside shop-front mosques and veiled women are trailed by long chains of children. Warsan Shire, the Somali-British poet whose words are featured in Beyoncé’s new globe-shaking Lemonade album, is a bard of these marginalised areas – she was even named the first Young Poet Laureate for London at 25.

Beyoncé reads parts of Shire’s poems, including For Women Who Are Difficult To Love, The Unbearable Weight of Staying (the End of the Relationship) and Nail Technician as Palm Reader in interludes between songs in her 12-track, hour-long video album that premiered this week. Truly, Shire was a brilliant choice for Beyoncé’s unapologetically black and female album: like the people and places from which they are woven, Shire’s poems – published in a volume titled Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth – are laden with longing for other lands and complicated by the contradictions of belonging in new ones. In Conversations about Home, she writes:

“I tore up and ate my own passport in an airport hotel. I’m bloated with language I can’t afford to forget”, and: “They ask me how did you get here? Can’t you see it on my body? The Libyan desert red with immigrant bodies, the Gulf of Aden bloated, the city of Rome with no jacket.”

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Book Review of Fellside by M.R. Carey

Fellside coverFellside takes the reader on a graphic, sometimes violent, journey through addiction, the criminal justice system and prison life, with two tour guides, Jess and Alex, whom travel back and forth between the worlds of the living and the dead; Jess is filled with guilt and longs for a way to atone for sins she committed and may have committed and Alex seeks justice and retribution. Its a paranormal/suspense story filled with multi=layered gritty characters, none of whom are all good or all bad, and it kept me engaged until the end. A few of the story threads were left unsewn up, leaving me to believe this may be the first in a series.

I know M.R. Carey as the author of The Girl With All The Gifts.  I received an ARC of Fellside from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review of the book.

You can purchase Fellside at Amazon, Powell’s, Google PlayBooks, or any other book retailer.

Lena Dunham on Why She is Voting for Hillary


I want Hillary Clinton to be President. I think she’d do a fantastic job, better than anyone else.


Lena Dunham speaks to a crowd at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Manchester, N.H., on Jan. 8, 2016

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Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic — TIME

Beyoncé’s Lemonade is grown-ass black woman magic. And the lemons that Queen Bey is working with, powerful hoodoo ingredients for overpowering bad energy, are clearly the Louisiana kind. Lush, troubling visuals show that Beyoncé is the goddess, the goddess is furious, the goddess is victorious, and most important: The goddess is every black woman. Slay.…

via Beyoncé’s Lemonade Is Black Woman Magic — TIME

Europe Warns China Over the Detention of Hong Kong Booksellers — TIME

The European Union has rebuked China for impinging on Hong Kong’s autonomy over the detention of five men linked to a publishing house and bookshop carrying material critical of Communist Party leaders, warning that the territory’s status as an international financial hub was at stake. The owner of Mighty Current Media, Gui Minhai, turned up…

via Europe Warns China Over the Detention of Hong Kong Booksellers — TIME