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November 19, 2018

 
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The animation executive who makes parents' lives easier
The animation executive who makes parents' lives easier
 
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In praise of Giller winner Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance
  In praise of Giller winner Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance
 
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Vox Lux, A Star Is Born, Suspiria, and the perils of telling women’s stories from a man’s perspective
Vox Lux, A Star Is Born, Suspiria, and the perils of telling women’s stories from a man’s perspective
 
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Rising star Kaia Kater looks for the right fit
  Rising star Kaia Kater looks for the right fit
 
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BOOK NEWS & REVIEWS

Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff wins McGill’s Cundill History Prize
  Harvard professor Maya Jasanoff wins McGill’s Cundill History Prize
 
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Has Jonathan Franzen finally softened in his new essay collection The End of the End of the Earth?
  Has Jonathan Franzen finally softened in his new essay collection The End of the End of the Earth?
 
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Tyrants and rebels on the bookshelves
  Tyrants and rebels on the bookshelves
 
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BEHIND THE SCENES

  David Hockney painting sells for record $90-million at auction
 
In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, a Tate representative poses for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) during a photo call to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London.
 

A painting by the British artist David Hockney fetched $90.3 million at Christie’s on Thursday night, easily breaking the record for a work by a living artist sold at auction.

Among his famous “pool paintings,” ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)“ is considered one of his premier works. The previous record by a living artist was set by Jeff Koons’ ”Balloon Dog,“ which sold for $58.4 million in 2013.

The 1972 painting by Hockney, now 81, is “the holy grail of his paintings, from both the historical and the market perspectives,” Alex Rotter, co-chairman of post-war and contemporary art at Christie’s, said in September. He noted that it reflects both the European and the American perspectives of an artist who came to live in sunny California in the ‘60s, and saw himself as living on both continents.

 
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LOOKAHEAD

A theatre company without a venue? Yeah, Why Not
A theatre company without a venue? Yeah, Why Not
 
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Review: McLuhan tries to save us, and himself, with a new Message
Review: McLuhan tries to save us, and himself, with a new Message
 
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Review: The Prom hits the heights of hilarity as a spoof of Broadway - but the kids aren’t all right
Review: The Prom hits the heights of hilarity as a spoof of Broadway - but the kids aren’t all right
 
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How the beaver made Canada
How the beaver made Canada
 
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Astrology

Your daily horoscope: November 19
Your daily horoscope: November 19
 
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