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Song of the summer 2019: our writers pick their favourite tracks

From Taylor Swift to Goldlink, Guardian critics highlight their favourite songs of the season MUNA Number One Fan There are plenty more obvious candidates for blockbuster holiday tunes, but if youre the type who pumps Depeche Mode at the pool party, youre going to detect the summer potential of this LA synthpop trios 2019 comeback Read more »

Swinging 60s surrealist Penny Slinger: ‘Collectors thought I came with the art’

She made psychic dolls houses, erotic wedding cakes and full-frontal collages. But the world wasnt ready for her powerful personal visions. Is Lady Picasso about to get her dues? Penelope Slinger has never done anything by halves. She remembers drawing her first really accomplished picture in 1952, when she was four and a half. It Read more »

Andrew Scott: ‘Its mind-blowing being described as a sex symbol’

The actor, 42, on the pleasure of acting in Fleabag, Irelands new progressiveness and not being the next James Bond I was brought up in Dublin. My parents are from Tyrone and Mayo. I went to a Catholic boys school. It was a different time for Ireland back then. With the same-sex marriage referendum of Read more »

Madonna: Madame X review a splendidly bizarre return to form

An engrossing mix of Latinate beats, political allusion and Joan of Arc Madonna is in her fourth decade of what we now somewhat suspiciously call appropriation, a pick-and-mix skill set that has previously laid the singer open to accusations of unoriginality or, worse, Sexualised Catholicism, at the dawn of MTV, was Madonnas first stroke of Read more »

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 »