Two U.S. veterans who volunteered to fight in Ukraine have gone missing, their families said on Wednesday. One man was named Alex Drueke, 39, a former U.S. Army staff sergeant who served two tours in Iraq, his family said in a statement. The other was named Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, a former Marine, Darla Black, the mother of Mr. Huynh’s fiancée, Joy Black, said in a phone interview. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that it was “aware of unconfirmed reports of two U.S. citizens captured in Ukraine.” “We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with Ukrainian authorities,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.” Mr. Drueke and Mr. Huynh disappeared together when their platoon came under “heavy fire” on June 9, leading all its members to fall back except for the two of them, according to a statement sent by Mr. Drueke’s family. Reconnaissance by foot and drone did not turn up any sign of the … [Read more...] about Two U.S. veterans fighting in Ukraine have gone missing, family members say.
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SYNTHESIZING GRAVITY Selected Prose There’s something tricky about publishing a poet’s prose. It’s not that poets lack the native ability to write essays or reviews or memoirs — they’re generally as well equipped to do so as fiction writers, many of whom aren’t shy in entering unfamiliar arenas. But prose and poetry, although often portrayed as binary stars exerting equal force, are in fact more like a vast planet and its tiny, clinging moon. Most of humanity lives in the forests and cities of prose, but a poet spends her days amid frigid gray rocks with only the occasional company of other poets. The journey from this remote territory is long, and the change in customs is extreme, which is perhaps why so many books of “selected prose” by poets are loaded with mystical bombast — the kind of posturing you’d expect from people not really comfortable in a new terrain. It’s also the reason that when we pick up a poet’s prose, we expect it to tell us about that mysterious idiom, … [Read more...] about A Poet Traces Her Personal Obsessions, in Prose
Click here to read the full article. Hollywood hasn’t even busted out the Moncler jackets or Bogner boots yet, but the indie sales market around the upcoming Sundance Film Festival is already seeing action. Netflix has acquired the documentary “The Deepest Breath,” which promises to be a visual and emotional thriller about the world of high-risk freediving — where brave souls plunge oceans with no supplemental oxygen, only breath-holding. Indie giant A24, Motive Films, Ventureland and Raw are all additional partners on the film from Irish director Laura McGann. The film will have its global debut in Sundance’s Premieres section in the new year. More from Variety Guy Ritchie's 'The Gentlemen' Netflix Series Adds 'Vardy v. Rooney' Star Chanel Cresswell (EXCLUSIVE) New York's Legendary Kim's Video -- And Its Stranger-Than-Fiction Story -- Is Getting a Feature Documentary (EXCLUSIVE) Sundance Unveils Female-Dominated 2023 Feature Lineup, Including Films From … [Read more...] about Netflix Nabs Sundance Doc ‘The Deepest Breath,’ Emotional Thriller About World of Freediving (EXCLUSIVE)
The houses that line the leafy streets of the Malarhojden suburb of Stockholm are mostly traditional wooden single-family homes in muted Nordic hues: gray, cream, white. But when Luca Nichetto, an Italian-born, Sweden-based designer, visited the area during a snowstorm at the tail end of 2020 he was drawn to a 1930s villa in a washed-out shade of pink. “In a country that’s always dark and cold,” he says, “it’s nice to have an environment that’s a little more colorful.” Nichetto, 46, was in search of a new studio and had ventured into the suburb, which is a 20-minute walk from his home in the more urban Hagersten district, in desperation after office rental rates in central Stockholm spiked during the pandemic. He decided to buy a commercial space instead, but everything he saw was either unappealing or overpriced. Seeking a solution, he consulted his lawyer and hit upon the idea of purchasing a home on the outskirts of the city and converting it into a live-work space — a legal, if … [Read more...] about In a Candy Pink Villa, a Designer Creates a World of His Own
Milton Gendel , an art critic who left Manhattan nearly 70 years ago for Rome, where he became an advocate for postwar Italian artists and a photographer of subjects as diverse as Sicilian peasants and British royalty, died on Oct. 11 at his home there. He was 99. His daughter Anna Mathias confirmed his death. A charming expatriate and tireless networker, Mr. Gendel became a significant part of Rome’s artistic world from the 1950s nearly until his death. In a series of spectacular apartments he rented over the decades, he hosted salons that brought together artists and other cultural personalities. And, as the Rome correspondent for ARTnews magazine, he became an indispensable voice who told the world about artists like Alberto Burri, Tancredi and Toti Scialoja. “His criticism was very prescient,” Peter Benson Miller, the Andrew Heiskell arts director of the American Academy in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “He explained what Italian art was all about for an … [Read more...] about Milton Gendel, 99, Dies; Art Critic and Photographer Took Root in Rome
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 NEW YORK (AP) — “Top Gun: Maverick,” 2022's biggest box-office hit, has been named the best film of the year by the National Board of Review. Though the National Board of Review, a long-running organization comprised of film enthusiasts and academics, has no overlap or correlation to other awards bodies, the win adds to the awards-season tailwinds for “Top Gun: Maverick” as not just a $1.5 billion worldwide smash but a legitimate Academy Awards contender. On Thursday, the Producers Guild Awards also announced that “Top Gun” star Tom Cruise will receive its David O. Selznick Achievement Award. The National Board of Review, which announced its picks Thursday, additionally awarded best cinematography to Claudio Miranda for the “Top Gun” sequel. Steven Spielberg was awarded best director for his autobiographical family portrait, “The … [Read more...] about ‘Top Gun’ named best film by National Board of Review