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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: Istanbul = Catstantinople

Being a cat in Istanbul is like being a cow in India. Sip your margarita while seeing more than 50,000 kitty photos via Instagram , #catsofistanbul . Or watch the feature film by local filmakers, “Nine Lives”, on Vimeo.  Or learn something along with Istanbul residents via YouTube tutorials, like building shelters and feeding stations. There’s also a Facebook page, The …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Muralist

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, published 2015. Talk about timing. An important look at two world-changing topics: the refugees of pre-war WWII trying to enter the United States and the budding American school of Abstract Expressionism. A strange combination, you’re thinking, but not so according to the beautiful piece of historical fiction B.A. Shapiro paints. …