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Succession Recap: Series Three, Episode Seven – Kendall’s Party Is Well And Truly Pooped
Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching Succession season three, which airs on HBO in the US and Sky Atlantic in the UK. Do not read on unless you have watched episode seven. Kendall’s big 4-0 turned out to be a big no-no. Here’s your full p
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‘A Safe Haven’: How Dungeons & Dragons Is Slaying Social Anxiety
As pandemic restrictions lift across Australia and more face-to-face activities resume, socialising can be a source of profound anxiety for many people. But what if, when you met up with others, you don’t have to be yourself? If decision-making is do
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‘An Incredibly Kind Genius’: Fashion And Music Stars Pay Tribute To Virgil Abloh
Ye, the singer formerly known as Kanye West, has paid tribute to friend and collaborator Virgil Abloh, who passed away following a two-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer. Ye dedicated the latest of his Sunday Service concerts to Abloh at t
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‘He Was A God For Us’: Actors On Being Side By Side With Stephen Sondheim
So much of his work is about love. People talk about it being cold but as a teenage girl all I could feel from it was warmth. The songs are ridiculously rich. I’d play the original cast recording of Company again and again, in the front room. I remem
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Life Between Islands Review: Displaying The Power And Passion Of Caribbean-British Art
Life Between Islands is an exhibition of protests and pleasures, celebrations and insurrections. Several years in the making, and as important as it is timely – as well as long overdue – it is also an exhibition of arrivals, departures and returns. F
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Where To Start With Stephen Sondheim: 10 Of The Best From The Maestro
Sondheim is gone but his songs and shows, as Cameron Mackintosh said, will be performed forever. Fortunately there is a wealth of material – recordings, documentaries, books – that give us a good idea of his impact on the culture of his times. I here
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The UK’s 50 Most Fabulous Independent Shops
This heritage clothes brand’s niche is reviving the nautical styles traditionally worn on the Yorkshire coastline where it is situated. It was started in 2016 by Matthew Pugh (“With £500 in my pocket for stock and a dream of creating something upmark
The Guardian5 min cititeArchitecture
Buildings This Good Should Be Available Everywhere: Oxford Unveils Two New Quads
Just after you enter the Cohen Quad, a building designed by Alison Brooks Architects for Exeter College, Oxford, a perspective of wooden arches recedes before you. They are planar and skinny, like a succession of stage flats, and allow sunlight to fi
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The World Is Watching: TV Hits Around The Globe
I’ve been writing about French TV since 2005 and it feels like we’re always saying: “Ah, finally we’re making great work.” And then you get tons of shit coming out. That’s still true, but now there’s a new generation that at least wants to do things
The Guardian4 min citite
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins; Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth by Jessie Burton – review
Retellings of classical myths may be all the rage in publishing but, as Charlotte Higgins notes in the introduction to Greek Myths, her own erudite and exhilarating collection, it’s a trend as old as the stories themselves. Though certain versions ca
The Guardian5 min citite
Doctor Who Recap: Flux Chapter Five – Survivors Of The Flux
This chapter opened with a monologue in which Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor talked rapidly, explaining everything to the audience while up against a CGI background of a million Weeping Angels, and my heart sank again. However, on the whole, I think chapte
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‘Everyone’s Gagging For It’ – How Britain Got High On Nitrous Oxide
Barry Smith spent this summer clinking as he walked. The 26-year-old painter from Devon sold nitrous oxide at four UK festivals. Before each event, he loaded his van with 20 boxes containing 480 canisters, bought online at 25p each, and hundreds of b
The Guardian4 min citite
The Week In Classical: The Valkyrie; Sacconi Quartet Review – At The Mercy Of The Gods
Wagner maintained that the kernel of The Ring of the Nibelung lay in the second of the cycle’s four operas, The Valkyrie, in which Wotan, flawed leader of the gods, gives an exhaustive account of the backstory. The reason English National Opera began
The Guardian5 min citite
‘I Have An Outsider’s Perspective’: Why Will Sharpe Is The A-List’s New Favourite Director
Will Sharpe has only been surfing a couple of times, but he really loved it. “So I’m not a surfer, I’m not very good at it, I’ve been twice,” clarifies the 35-year-old English-Japanese actor, writer and director. “But there’s something about being in
The Guardian5 min cititeCrime
Cain’s Jawbone: How Crime Novel’s Puzzling Plot Still Keeps Us Guessing
In 1934 Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express was published and became a bestseller. That same year another murder mystery appeared, to rather less fanfare, by “Torquemada”, a contributor to this newspaper famed for his inscrutable crossword
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How A Writer Found Himself In A Missing Person Story
Despite the cold, it had been a decent day. Late March is sometimes like that in London. More winter than spring, the grass often still frozen half solid underfoot. It’s rarely a time that speaks too loudly of renewal. This year wasn’t any different,
The Guardian4 min citite
Adele Is Right – An Unshuffled Album Is The Proper Way To Listen
When you are the most powerful, popular artist in the world, you can insist on anything. And so Adele has persuaded Spotify to hide its shuffle button, to encourage listeners to listen to her new album 30 – and, presumably, every other album – in the
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The Week In Clasical: Macbeth; Brentano String Quartet – Review
Corruption leads to excess. Excess leads to downfall. Phyllida Lloyd’s production of Verdi’s Macbeth, currently revived at Covent Garden, feels like a cautionary tale for our times. When the Thane of Cawdor takes on a second job as assassin, he and h
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Glennon Doyle: ‘So Many Women Feel Caged By Gender, Sexuality, Religion’
The marriage wasn’t unbearable, but it didn’t feel right any more. The lightbulb moment came when she realised she needed to think about what she truly wanted, rather than about what society had trained her to think she wanted. Also, she became aware
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Saturday Night Live: Simu Liu And A Returning Trump Celebrate Thanksgiving
For the second time this month, Saturday Night Live opens with a new segment of Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show. The rightwing pundit (Cecile Strong) invites on “fellow judge” Bruce Schroeder (Mikey Day), who defends his disgraceful handling of t
The Guardian5 min citite
Doctor Who Recap: Flux Chapter Four – Village Of The Angels
Wow – what an incredible slice of Doctor Who served up by Chris Chibnall and Maxine Alderton, with a jaw-dropping conclusion. It gave us plenty of jump scares, but, like the reveal that the cursed Devon village had been quantum-extracted into space,
The Guardian5 min citite
Dürer’s Journeys: Travels Of A Renaissance Artist Review – All Over The Place
Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) was the most intrepid traveller in the history of art. From his home city of Nuremberg he crossed the Alps more than once in treacherous conditions, staying in icy mountain shelters. The ship on which he sailed for six days
The Guardian6 min citite
‘I Just Can’t Believe It Exists’: Peter Jackson Takes Us Into The Beatles Vault Locked Up For 52 Years
When the world closed down in March 2020, most of us had to make do with pretending to enjoy video calls with friends or baking bread. Peter Jackson, meanwhile, was busy sifting through a mountain of unseen footage – 60 hours in total – of the Beatle
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Alan Cumming And Forbes Masson: ‘People Say Double Acts Are Like Marriage Without The Sex’
Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson met at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1982. Together, they created Victor & Barry, a double act who became legends of the Scottish comedy scene. They went on to present several TV shows, and star
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Overloaded: Is There Simply Too Much Culture?
There was a moment, back in, oh, 2012, when I thought I’d be able to keep up with it all. And by “it all”, I meant all the good TV shows, all the good movies, all the good music. From my tiny studio apartment in Austin, Texas, I would read the Twitte
The Guardian7 min citite
Lubaina Himid: ‘The Beginning Of My Life Was A Terrible Tragedy’
Lubaina Himid has waited a long time for a show at Tate Modern. She is now 67, and in 2017 she had the bittersweet honour of being the first Black woman, and the oldest-ever artist (at 63), to win the Turner prize. Bittersweet because “I knew very de
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From The Booker To The Nobel: Why 2021 Is A Great Year For African Writing
This has been a great year for African writing,” announced Damon Galgut, accepting the Booker prize earlier this month for his multilayered novel, The Promise, which tells the story of an Afrikaner family amid the political and social upheaval that f
The Guardian4 min cititeAmerican Government
Seth Meyers: ‘Why Are We Taking Chris Christie, Of All People, Seriously?’
Seth Meyers tore into Chris Christie’s cable news image rehabilitation tour on Wednesday evening, following numerous appearances by the former governor of New Jersey on such networks as CNN and MSNBC. “Cable is so desperate to fill time that CNN even
The Guardian6 min citite
‘We Want To Get Treated Like Normies’: Gang Of Youths On Fame, Faith And Family Secrets
Step outside Australia, as Gang of Youths have done, and you may struggle to find someone who knows them by name. They’re unforgettable live – frontman Dave Le’aupepe has the charisma and intensity of a preacher, howling his songs like a burly Michae
The Guardian4 min citite
Sign Of The Times: Row Over Street Art Shines Light On Spain’s Divisions
For the past 11 months, the two walls that make up a street corner in east Madrid have engaged in a mute but bitter debate that mirrors the faultlines, fights and ferocities of Spanish politics. On the left wall are 24 street signs commemorating poet
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