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Chen Man, Chinese photographer, on the three stages of her career, and growing up in Beijing

In this 2012 interview, the woman many call China's Annie Leibovitz explains why she became an artist - to realise the dreams her parents lost during the Cultural Revolution, and passed to her instead.

In this 2012 interview, the woman many call China's Annie Leibovitz explains why she became an artist - to realise the dreams her parents lost during the Cultural Revolution, and passed to her instead.

22 Nov 2018 - 12:21PM
Hong Kong homecoming for art space curator

Curator Christina Li is looking forward to joining Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang full-time.

Curator Christina Li is looking forward to joining Spring Workshop in Wong Chuk Hang full-time.

7 Mar 2015 - 8:31PM
Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album became one of the greatest of all time

While on the road in 1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson suffered a panic attack. He retreated to California to write, recuperate and record instrumentals while the rest of the band continued to tour the world. When they returned, vocal recording began. The studio sessions for Pet Sounds were intensive; the band spent a week laying down the vocals for Wouldn't It Be Nice alone.

While on the road in 1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson suffered a panic attack. He retreated to California to write, recuperate and record instrumentals while the rest of the band continued to tour the world. When they returned, vocal recording began. The studio sessions for Pet Sounds were intensive; the band spent a week laying down the vocals for Wouldn't It Be Nice alone.

28 Feb 2015 - 11:12PM
Jon Ronson's The Men Who Stare at Goats - an entertaining read

The events covered in Jon Ronson's non-fiction book The Men Who Stare at Goats seem outlandish and eclipse anything a conspiracy theorist may dream up. Mind control? Check. Psychic assassins? Check. Goat/spider hybrids? Check.

The events covered in Jon Ronson's non-fiction book The Men Who Stare at Goats seem outlandish and eclipse anything a conspiracy theorist may dream up. Mind control? Check. Psychic assassins? Check. Goat/spider hybrids? Check.

14 Feb 2015 - 10:48PM
Why Malaysian Adeline Ooi is the perfect pick for Art Basel's Asia director

Adeline Ooi's passion for the finer things in life makes her the perfect fit as Art Basel's Asia director, writes Doretta Lau.

Adeline Ooi's passion for the finer things in life makes her the perfect fit as Art Basel's Asia director, writes Doretta Lau.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:41PM
10 Jan 2015 - 10:41PM
Play list: Shannon Young, writer

I’ve had Taylor Swift’s Blank Space on repeat since it came out – it’s so catchy. I like country artists Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry, and I recently discovered Lzzy Hale, a real rock star with an incredibly powerful voice.

I’ve had Taylor Swift’s Blank Space on repeat since it came out – it’s so catchy. I like country artists Kacey Musgraves and The Band Perry, and I recently discovered Lzzy Hale, a real rock star with an incredibly powerful voice.

10 Jan 2015 - 10:41PM
Rewind, film: Prison on Fire, directed by Ringo Lam (1987)

Prison on Fire opens with a shot of Victoria Harbour: a brief glimpse of water, open sky and towering buildings. By the next scene, this sense of freedom and possibility is gone, replaced by a bus heading to a prison.

Prison on Fire opens with a shot of Victoria Harbour: a brief glimpse of water, open sky and towering buildings. By the next scene, this sense of freedom and possibility is gone, replaced by a bus heading to a prison.

29 Nov 2014 - 8:27PM
Rewind book: Forever…, by Judy Blume (1975)

Since 1969, readers have devoured American writer Judy Blume's young adult novels in an attempt to figure out how to navigate the tough business of growing up. Whether it is menstruation, masturbation or dealing with a pesky sibling, Blume captures the hopes and fears important to those under the age of 18. In Forever…, she addresses teen sex and virginity.

Since 1969, readers have devoured American writer Judy Blume's young adult novels in an attempt to figure out how to navigate the tough business of growing up. Whether it is menstruation, masturbation or dealing with a pesky sibling, Blume captures the hopes and fears important to those under the age of 18. In Forever…, she addresses teen sex and virginity.

22 Nov 2014 - 11:15PM
1 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM
Life less ordinary: gamers are eager to lead double lives again with The Sims 4

With 'The Sims 4' due soon Doretta Lau looks at the game that turns the everyday into addictive entertainment.

With 'The Sims 4' due soon Doretta Lau looks at the game that turns the everyday into addictive entertainment.

30 Aug 2014 - 10:13PM
New York band Blonde Redhead have survived the many changes in the music industry

Blonde Redhead have survived two decades in the industry by striving to do better with each album, says drummer Simone Pace.

Blonde Redhead have survived two decades in the industry by striving to do better with each album, says drummer Simone Pace.

11 Jun 2014 - 11:32PM
13 Mar 2014 - 8:48AM
Avril Lavigne has lost none of her rebellious edge

Canada's queen of rock may have matured as a performer, but she has not lost the rebellious edge that made her name, writes Doretta Lau.

Canada's queen of rock may have matured as a performer, but she has not lost the rebellious edge that made her name, writes Doretta Lau.

5 Feb 2014 - 10:36PM
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