Tag Archives: Culture

Digital Civil War review: a stark call to save American democracy

Peter Daou blames media and the political establishment for failing to combat dishonesty, hypocrisy and Trump Voltaire warned that those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. In his new book, Peter Daou offers copious evidence that nothing has ever made that pernicious alchemy easier than the internet. Technology, he writes, Read more »

Old Norse, mystics and race cars: is lvdalen the weirdest village in Sweden?

It is the place where the witch hunts began and it still boasts its own language and strange rituals. Photographer Maja Daniels relives three freezing years in a cabin in lvdalen In 1926, the yearbook of the Swedish Tourism Association described the village of lvdalen as a community with a dark insular spirit where locals Read more »

Why Harry Potter and Paddington Bear are essential reading for grown-ups

Oxford don champions childrens books as figures show that sales to adults are soaring By day, she researches the poetry of John Donne as a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. But in the evening, when Michael Bond has built into his books is one of hope. Things which appear to be negative turn out Read more »

French rap superstar Niska: ‘American rappers don’t respect our art’

The voice of young France, Niskas tunes boom from cars and shisha bars, and hes worked with Skepta and Diplo. So why do the US rappers at Paris fashion week bypass his suburb? Niska is running late from his soundcheck in Brixton, south London. I am expecting the 25-year-old French-Congolese rapper to be slightly the Read more »

Game of Thrones, cancer and me

When TV critic Sarah Hughes was told she had incurable cancer, one of the first questions that popped into her head was: what if I dont find out how GoT ends? Here she describes the part the saga has played in the hardest parts of her life The strangest thing about getting bad news is Read more »

Benedict Cumberbatch on the explosive power of letters: ‘They’re grenades!’

Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke and Cumberbatch tell us why they love Letters Live, the performances of correspondence where anything can happen Its a blustery Saturday night and around 900 people are lined up to go to church. The faithful have come to the Union Chapel, in Islington, London, to receive wisdom from those stepping up Read more »

‘I’m not a gay writer, I’m a monster’: did James Purdy foresee Trump’s America?

At first he was feted. But then his novel about a handsome, Yale-educated serial rapist made him an outcast. Ten years after his death, has the scabrous authors time finally come? On 6 August 2015, the American author and playwright Cabot Wright Begins. A scabrous satire about three of New Yorks sacred cows publishing, politics Read more »

Netflix to adapt One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garca Mrquez

Streaming giant buys rights to create first ever screen adaptation of Colombian authors seminal 1967 magical realist novel Netflix has acquired the rights to Gabriel Garca Mrquezs seminal One Hundred Years of Solitude to create the first screen adaptation of the authors 1967 masterpiece. The streaming company announced on Wednesday that the book will be 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 »

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 »