What is with this misplaced obsession with ‘greatness’?

By Maán Jalal

On May 14, the American author and journalist Tom Wolfe passed away at the age of 88. A satirist, social commentator and observer, Wolfe was a writer whose style changed journalism and influenced a generation of writers after him. Wolfe’s novels forced us take a closer look at society and what we are preconditioned to worship within it. He wrote about social status, our obsession with it and the anxiety it causes — a subject that will never seize to be relevant.

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The kids who grew up racing tiny ’59 Cadillacs in their living rooms

By Keith Pereña

It all started when my parents gave me a Corvette for my birthday.

The metal surface of the car smelled just as a new car should — unadulterated by the smell of the roads it has not been driven on yet. The five-spoke wheels shimmered in their chrome glory; and when you fire up the engine? Oh boy, it goes… it really goes.

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How to wait in line in Paris and maybe get a bite to eat

By Purva Grover

It’s 13 degrees at 6:45 pm, quite cold for people from the Middle East. Six of us foodies are outside the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées to attend the first day of Taste of Paris — a gorgeous event that brings the French capital together over four days of culinary delicacies, cookery shows, selfies with chefs, and LONG queues. Of the latter, we’re not complaining. VIP access to the festival has ensured us fast track entry to the grand venue, which means we’ve grinned our way to the long, meandering queues (outdoors) sans guilt. Apologies, folks. Of course, once inside we’re equals. Food doesn’t discriminate, right? And we like it that way.

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What Trump likes about Gina Haspel, first woman CIA chief

By Allan Jacob

When you’re the president of the world’s largest economy, your words and actions make a difference to billions. Yet, you are judged by different standards than, say, the presidents of Russia and China. Unfair, don’t you think? You are expected to protect human rights, spend freely on your allies and partners, and rush to the aid and defence of peoples in distress while eschewing your domestic and political interests.

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Why should curvy women have to pay a fat tax?

By Sujata Assomull

Last week, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph accused UK-based high street retailer New Look of charging a ‘fat tax’. This was after a customer found a pair of trousers from their ‘plus size’ range cost 15 per cent more than ‘normal size’ trousers. The story had such an impact that New Look had to issue a statement: ‘To ensure pricing differences like these don’t happen in future, we are in the process of reviewing the pricing structure of our plus-size collection in a way which works best for our customers and our business.’

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