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We must rescue Van Gogh from becoming a pop culture cliche

03:12 PM | Guardian

Loving Vincent is a corny new biopic made from 62,450 hack oil paintings in Van Gogh’s style – and is an insult to the human struggle in his original works Vincent van Gogh is peculiarly cursed to be travestied, misunderstood and reduced to a kitsch parody of himself.

Amazon boxes

Amazon heads deeper into brick and mortar with books

09:05 PM | USA TODAY

For a company that long eschewed the brick-and-mortar world, Amazon is opening a lot of bookstores these days. It's got three up and running, in Seattle, San Diego and Portland, and says five more are coming. The profits from eight or even 80 bookstores are hardly a rounding error for the Seattle behemoth.

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Wolfgang Blau named president of Condé Nast International

11:21 AM | Fashion United

Wolfgang Blau, who currently heads Condé Nast International's digital
operations, will become president of the company on August 1 in a move to
bring “digital authority to the heart of the organisation's leadership”. Announced by Jonathan Newhouse, chairman and chief executive of the
company, Blau will replace Nicholas Coleridge, who is stepping down as
company president and managing director of Conde Nast's British unit on
July 31 after 27 years with the organisation.

WH Smith

WH Smith signs deal with Aptos to renew self-checkout tech

04:22 PM | The Grocer

Aptos, which includes Monsoon, Karen Millen, and Wagamama among its clients, provides point of sale technology and in-store wifi


Steve Bloom admits he prefer books to people

01:06 AM | Daily Mail

This week saw the birth of a new anti-hero in the North Yorkshire town of Hawes - Steve Bloom, 63, the wonderfully grumpy second-hand bookseller who hit the headlines for charging a 50p entry fee


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