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A Pure Heart Book Review

The relationship between sisters is often complicated.

The new novel, A Pure Heart, by Rajia Hassib, is set in New York City and Egypt. Rose and Gameela are sisters. At one time, they were very close, but their adult lives are completely different. Rose is married to Mark, an American journalist and living in New York City. She works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is studying for her Phd.

Gameela is much more devoted to their mutual faith than her sister. Unlike her sister, she is still living in their hometown of Cairo. In the chaos and violence after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, she is killed. After her sister’s death, Rose returns to Egypt and is trying to figure out who Gameela was and what secrets she was keeping.

The premise of this novel was interesting. I appreciated that the driving force of the narrative was the sisters and their relationship as adults. Like many sisters, they disagree on quite a few topics, but when push comes to shove, they are sisters and forever bonded as sisters. Though the ending was not as dramatic as I hoped it would be, this book overall is not a bad book.

Do I recommend it? I am leaning toward yes.

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Thoughts On The Met Gala

Every spring, in New York City, celebrities gather at the Met Gala. Wearing clothes that would only be seen on the red carpet on or on Halloween, the purpose of the Met Gala at New York City’s is to Metropolitan Museum of Art is to raise money for the Anna Wintour Costume Institute.

This year’s theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion.

Granted, the purpose of this event was to raise money for the museum, but in watching the coverage, I found the over the top-ness and the look-at-me and look-at-me idea of this event appalling.

Especially the cost of the outfits.

The nipples on Cardi B‘s outfit alone cost $500K. We live in a world in which so many have to choose between paying their rent/mortgage, buying food, medicine, paying for their children’s clothes, etc. $500K would go more than far in providing financial assistance to those whose financial situation is more than precarious.

Many of my regular readers know that I often write about Hollywood and celebrity news. Most of the time, I appreciate the work and effort that it takes to create a movie or a television show. But the Met Gala turns me off and makes me think twice about the blind devotion that we all have with Hollywood.

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Visitors To Versailles (1682-1789) Review

At it’s heyday, the Palace of Versailles was one of the most beautiful and well-known palaces in all of Europe.

Visitors To Versailles (1682-1789) is a featured exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Containing images, miniatures, clothing and other artifacts, the exhibit brings Versailles to life in a way that only someone who have seen it through their own eyes could have experienced.

 

I found the exhibit to very interesting because while Versailles is historically known for being over the top in its extravagance and wealth, that wealth and extravagance might be hard to imagine by someone living in 2018. Especially if one has not had the opportunity to visit Versailles in person.

Not only do I recommend the exhibit, but I also recommend that the visitor takes advantage of headset provided. The visitor hears not only the oral testimonies, but is treated to a 360 sound experience that brings Versailles as it was then to life.

Visitors To Versailles (1682-1789) will be at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art until July 29th. Check the website for directions, hours and ticket prices. 

 

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Thoughts On The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s New Fees

New York City, among its many attractions, contains some of the most well-known and respected museums. Among those museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is one the best.

For years, while the suggested entry fee has been $25.00 , though it is not mandatory. A visitor could pay $1.00 and have the same experience as another visitor who pays the full $25.00.

As of March 1st of this year, that fee is going to change.

I get it, they have bills and employees to pay, buildings to maintain, etc.  I also have a feeling that they receive some money from local and state taxes, therefore allowing New York State residents to keep paying what they wish.

But, I also have a sneaking suspicion that the mandatory fee for everyone else is going to bite them in the proverbial behind. Consider it this way: a family of four is in New York on vacation (they are not from New York State) and plans to include the Met as one of the places they would like visit.  Let’s say that their children are over the age of 12, which means just to get into the museum, they are paying $74.00. Then of course, there is really no place to eat outside of the museum, so they go down to the cafeteria. And just to add the cherry on top, visiting the gift shop is a must. That means that this family of four could end paying around $150, just for this one museum.

Now granted, the Met is quite expansive, one could really spend an entire day there if one wishes. There are three satellite locations and as of March 1st, admission is still valid for three consecutive days to visit any of those other sites.

Museums used to be for the wealthy elite who had time on the hands. Thankfully, the museum has become a symbol of education and culture for everyone, it didn’t matter if you earned six figures or you earned a minimum wage salary. The suggested entry fee allowed anyone, regardless of what they can afford, to learn about history and art and culture in new and exciting ways. My fear is that this change in admission fee will return the museum to days when museums belongs to the elite and not to everyone.

 

 

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