100 Years Since Her Execution, Was Mata Hari a Sexy Spy or a Sexy Scapegoat?

100 Years Since Her Execution, Was Mata Hari a Sexy Spy or a Sexy Scapegoat?At nearly every turn, Margaretha Zelle MacLeod made the wrong choices. Yet she managed to create a persona that continues to dance on the crowded stage of popular culture.

Her name lives on a century after they stood her in front of a firing squad on Oct. 15, 1917, and watched her die: Mata Hari, treacherous spy, devious liar, a wicked woman to the core. Or was she something else entirely? [ . . . ]

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Illustrator Captures London’s Historic Pubs in a Series of Cut-Out Drawings

 

As travel-loving illustrator Maxwell Tilse prepares to leave London, he has a released a new series of cut-out drawings that depict the city’s oldest pubs.

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Watch: This isn’t so much a music video as it is an epic film in just six minutes

Period drama meets apocalypse meets the supernatural.

British band Alt-J’s new music video for Pleader is less video and more cinema. It’s only six minutes long, but the sweeping short film captures not only the transcendental qualities of the track from the group’s third, most successful album Relaxer, but also the source of the song.

The track, according to the band, was inspired by Welsh writer Richard Llewelyn’s 1939 novel How Green Was My Valley, a story set in 19th century Wales, in a small mining town. The song was recorded in a cathedral with an organ and a boys’ choir – of which the band’s keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton was a member as a child – and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. [ . . . ] More: Watch: This isn’t so much a music video as it is an epic film in just six minutes