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We revile sexual violence but misogynistic populists thrive around the world | Anne McElvoy

The peace prize was well deserved. Yet the language of too many political leaders seems driven by the compulsion to demean women The Nobel peace prize often gets it wrong, routinely crowning approved individuals or supranational institutions such as the EU and UN, usually on the eve of them making a prizewinning Horlicks of their Read more »

How The ‘A Star Is Born’ Trailer Set Off The Biggest Movie Moment Of The Year

A Star Is Born,” the Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper rock drama, has finally hit theaters. But I don’t want to talk about the movie (which many people are raving about and is, as you read this, poised to become one of the big winners at the box office this weekend). extremely viral trailer for Read more »

‘The peoples yogi’: how Adriene Mishler became a YouTube phenomenon

With 4 million subscribers and hundreds of thousands more watching free weekly videos, Yoga with Adriene is a social media sensation. What makes her fans so devoted? There are more than 2,400 people in the main hall of Alexandra Palace in north London, breathing in unison. Take the deepest breath youve taken all day, says Read more »

The 20 best music documentaries ranked!

We rate the best films on the music scene down the decades, from Bob Dylan to Blur, Anvil to Amy Winehouse 20. Starshaped (1993) This catches Blur on the brink of the Britpop explosion, looking keen but confused, and often the worse for wear. Car-crash highlights include Damon Albarn falling off a speaker and John Read more »

A rare interview with Comme des Garons designer Rei Kawakubo

High-concept, high-fashion and radical, designer Kawakubo is considered the queen of fashion. Jess Cartner-Morley meets the designer at her headquarters in Paris I am not here to ask Rei Kawakubo about clothes, because she no longer makes them, though this hasnt stopped her continuing to be probably the most important fashion designer in the world. Read more »

Mel B is watching flashing lights to help with trauma. But does EMDR therapy really work?

The singer is trying it, and while it was once controversial, it now has NHS approval. What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and how does it compare to CBT? In late 2016, Ben had a breakdown, triggered by someone getting too close to him on a crowded train. It brought on vivid flashbacks of Read more »

The limits of reason: Philip Pullman on why we believe in magic

The world of magic defies rational explanation, but beware dismissing it as nonsense. Like religious experience and poetry, it is a crucial aspect of being human, writes the Dark Materials author A new exhibition at the Rationalist Association as a supporter, and at the same time I think this exhibition is full of illuminating things, Read more »

Wellness: just expensive hype, or worth the cost?

From superfoods to yoga, this 500bn-plus global industry often comes at a high price Exhausted from working 15-hour days running her own marketing agency in London, Jo Millers evenings would consist of a cocktail of takeaways, Ubers and impulse purchases. Id end up spending 100 at Waitrose, grabbing a takeaway or going out for dinner Read more »

Macallan distillery review whisky and spectacle galore

Macallans new 140m distillery and visitor centre, by Richard Rogers and co, is a suitably subtle blend of hi-tech and theatre designed to put the beautiful business of whisky production centre stage In 2014, Sothebys Hong Kong sold Macallans Speyside home in quest of the limited release of a 495 bottle of whisky. Some of them Read more »

Louder than bombs: my journey in war and music

In this extract from his new book, Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent and how music from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks can reveal truths when words fail Sarajevo, August 1993 The day before my 39th birthday, I was reporting on what came to be called the Dobrinja water-queue massacre in Read more »