Honeyed words do annihilation to barrier ageism adjoin the disabled | Nick Cohen

Your guard should go up when you are told that the politically correct policing of speech is nothing more than an insistence on good manners. Take a cool look at those who think it their business to tell you what to say and write. More often than not, you will find yourself staring at small-time …

Days of la dolce vita: Claude Nori’s images of Italians on holiday

Sun, sea, sand and summer love: French photographer Claude Nori’s evocative images perfectly capture la dolce vita of an Italian holiday. Inspired by childhoods spent at the seaside with his Italian émigré parents along the Adriatic and Mediterranean coasts, Nori set out to capture the seasonal rituals: the passion of a summer romance; the fun and games; the …

Lens: How to Have Bullfights in California? Use Velcro.

Lens Every year in the Central Valley, Portuguese-Americans bring bullfighters from overseas and put on huge festivals — but shed no blood. David Magina, a member of Grupo Forcados Amadores Luso-Americanos, gets a hug from one of his best friends, team captain Michael Lopes, during Mr. Magina’s last ever bloodless bullfight at the Our Lady …

Turning Poetry Into Photos

Photographers read poems written by 6 women. Here’s what they saw in the words. By Kerri MacDonald and Morrigan McCarthy This summer, for the second year in a row, we selected poems by six poets and presented each one to a different photographer. Their challenge was to interpret the poetry in images. This assignment was …

Southerners Aren’t Always at Home in Hollywood

Clockwise, from top left: Barry Corbin, Sissy Spacek, Billy Bob Thornton, Andie MacDowell, Walton Goggins and Margo Martindale.CreditClockwise, from top left: Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Jordan Strauss/Invision, via Associated Press; Mario Anzuoni/Reuters From Scarlett O’Hara to the recent biopic of Hank Williams starring the British actor …

Aretha Franklin Was the Personification of Black Woman Magic

Aretha Franklin, in an undated photo, performing live onstage in Britain.CreditDavid Redfern/Redferns, via Getty Images When Aretha Franklin roared, in several octaves no less — listen to the “Ahhhhhh-hhhhhh!” refrain from “Rock Steady” — I imagined it sprang from a place many black women know all too well. A fire in the belly. A well …