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‘I Knew This Was Different’: Nick Drake’s Producer On Misunderstood Classic Pink Moon
It is 50 years since Nick Drake made Pink Moon, his third and final studio album, yet his gossamer melodies still beguile us. They are as mysterious as their creator, who almost never performed live and rarely agreed to be interviewed. Songs from the
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I’ve Never Seen A Marvel Movie – So Why Not Start With Thor: Love And Thunder? | Brigid Delaney
There are 29 movies in the Marvel universe – and until recently, I had seen none of them. Once there are that many movies, that many heroes, villains, plots, deaths, worlds lost, worlds regained, monsters destroyed – it’s too late to start. But out o
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‘Times Have Changed’: How Attitudes To Black Hairstyles Are Evolving
When the news presenter Lukwesa Burak first started working at the BBC, she was told that her afro-textured hair was “too ethnic”. Ten years later, a photograph of the black British broadcaster wearing sweeping braids as she presented the news we
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How Netflix’s The Upshaws Shows That The Family Sitcom Is Still Thriving
The second season of The Upshaws picks up where the previous season left off – with a small girl dropping in on the family claiming to be a long-lost daughter. For Bennie Upshaw, it’s the latest in a series of devastating revelations that threaten to
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Bookseller Of Kabul Becomes Asylum Seeker In London
He was made famous by international bestseller The Bookseller of Kabul, and survived a succession of repressive regimes in Afghanistan. But two decades later he is living in a London Home Office hotel, having fled the Taliban to claim asylum in the U
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US Drag Queens Stand Their Ground Amid Intimidation By The Far Right
The drag queens were out in force across New York’s recent Pride parade triggering cheers and waves with their flamboyant and extravagant costumes. But this year the world of American drag has been marred by growing fears of violence and intimidation
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How To Read: A Guide To Getting More Out Of The Experience
Why read books, in this day and age? “Haven’t we all secretly sort of come to an agreement, in the last year or two or three, that novels belonged to the age of newspapers and are going the way of newspapers, only faster?” wrote Jonathan Franzen, ton
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‘My “Sad Girl” Fans Concern Me’: Ottessa Moshfegh In Conversation With Carmen Maria Machado
At 41, Ottessa Moshfegh has appeared on the Booker prize shortlist, for her debut novel Eileen, and the bestseller lists, with My Year of Rest and Relaxation, for which she is currently collaborating on a film adaptation. Her new novel, Lapvona, is s
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On My Radar: Bolu Babalola’s Cultural Highlights
Born in London to a British-Nigerian family in 1991, Bolu Babalola studied law at Reading and did a masters degree in American politics and history at UCL before getting her start as a comedy writer at the BBC. Her debut short story collection, Love
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A Look Under The Bonnet: Why Our Fascination With The Regency Era Endures
The Regency, that narrow slice of history between 1811 and 1820, occupies a vastly disproportionate place in the British, and increasingly the global, imaginarium. Those nine years – when the future George IV reigned as prince regent owing to his fat
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Pushing Buttons: Happy 50th Birthday To Atari, Whose Simple Games Gave Us So Much
Welcome to Pushing Buttons, the Guardian’s gaming newsletter. If you’d like to receive it in your inbox every week, just pop your email in below – and check your inbox (and spam) for the confirmation email. This week marks a truly important video gam
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Guns N’ Roses – Their 20 Greatest Songs, Ranked!
Recorded in 1986 and released a year later, this speed metal gem was released as the B-side of the 12in version of It’s So Easy/Mr Brownstone before being lost to antiquity for 31 years. When it resurfaced in 2018, it was still every bit the raspy-vo
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‘Even Under War, We Must Live’: The Kyiv Art Scene Determined To Party
Nestled in a peaceful green dell, hidden beneath a glowing canopy of deciduous woodland, the morning sun shines over the old river port of Kyiv. Shafts of light pour into the courtyard of a bright-red, Soviet-era ribbon factory being artfully repurpo
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What Makes A Song Sound Happy? It Depends On Your Culture, Study Finds
What makes a piece of music seem happy or sad? Whether it has been composed in a major or minor key is a significant factor. It’s part of what distinguishes the cheeriness of Walking on Sunshine from the pensiveness of Ain’t No Sunshine, for example.
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Top 10 Stories Of Male Friendship
Male friendship, the way it works, the way people think about it, is going through a generational shift. To feel the change you just have to watch old movies. Last week, I made my kids sit through Diner, which I always thought of as one of my favouri
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Why Superhero Satire The Boys Turned Off Its Rightwing Fanbase
There seems to be a low-key competition within the culture at the moment as to who can produce the worst sort of fan. For years, Star Wars has been the far and away winner, with fans bitching and crowing like wounded animals any time the series dares
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Discipline, Teamwork, Acceptance: Why Football Is A Lifeline For Queer Cambodian Teens
As a teenager Lorn “Leak” Sreyleak looked forward to playing football every week with friends in his home town of Kampong Chhnang. But the 15-year-old couldn’t help but envy another team that sometimes practised on an adjacent pitch. Led by a gruff
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All Shook Up: How Accurate Is Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Biopic?
Austin Butler sparkles in the lead role, but perhaps Baz Luhrmann’s high-octane, live-action graphic novel should not be called a “biopic” at all. For a start, if you want to talk about the life of Presley, there are plenty of omissions: his time at
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From Strictly Ballroom To Elvis: The Career Of Baz Luhrmann – Sorted
As we know from having had our senses pounded by various glitter-filled, hyperactive and blindingly bright spectacles, Baz Luhrmann’s films don’t talk – they shout. The Sydney-born auteur practises a film-making ethos he and veteran editor Jill Billc
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Wit, Wisdom And Better Than Wordle: Why You Should Visit Dr Johnson’s Birthplace Museum
Civilisation comes in many sizes and, for Dr Samuel Johnson, compiler of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), his home town of Lichfield was a microcosm of educated and ordered society. He once wrote of a visit to the Staffordshire city with
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Dita Von Teese Looks Back: ‘Going Into That Fetish Store Sparked My Entire Career’
Heather Renée Sweet, better known as Dita Von Teese, is the 1950s-inspired model and performer who helped repopularise burlesque. Raised in West Branch, a working-class rural town in Michigan, she started her career as a fetish model and stripper bef
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Merry Widows? How Attitudes To Bereaved Women Have Changed
There’s a downside to “till death us do part” – it does. For example, 60s model Jan de Souza, co-host of Tramp nightclub with her husband Johnny Gold, died recently: of loneliness, her obituary said. He’d died a year earlier, after 50 years of marria
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House Music Had Its Black Roots Ripped Up – Now Drake And Beyoncé Are Reclaiming Them | Michelle Kambasha
This week, Drake treated fans to a surprise drop of his new album Honestly, Nevermind. Its release, just nine months after his last record, Certified Lover Boy, received lukewarm reviews from critics, was unexpected. Fans had hoped for a return to th
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‘Those Bastard Developments’ – Why The Inventor Of The Shopping Mall Denounced His Creation
‘Every day will be a perfect shopping day,” cooed the adverts for America’s first indoor mall when it opened in Edina, Minnesota, in 1956. Edina is blanketed by snow and ice in winter, and baked by unbearably humid heat in summer. The Southdale Cente
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‘KHAAAAN!’: Why Wrath Of Khan Remains The Greatest Star Trek Movie, 40 Years On
When JJ Abrams began rebooting Star Trek with a fresh cast and crew of the Enterprise in 2009, many hardcore Trekkers complained that the new movies lacked the Apollo-era optimism and vision of space adventure as one giant cosmic morality tale that,
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‘It Stays Mind-blowing’: Billie Eilish’s Mum On Her Daughter Making Glastonbury History
Headlining Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage – the most recognised festival platform in the world – has always been a career-defining moment. When 20-year-old Billie Eilish makes history as the youngest ever solo headliner on Friday, one familiar face is g
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‘I Chatted About The Weather With Janet Jackson’: The Glastonbury Festival I’ll Never Forget
I first went to Glastonbury to play in a band [Kenickie], then with friends, and then for work. I’ve covered each event since 2002 and it’s a huge privilege to bring the festival into people’s homes. Glastonbury has shaped my life. I went from stayin
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The 20 Best Films Set On Trains – Ranked!
The sight of Gene Wilder blacking-up under the tutelage of Richard Pryor is enough to get this lightweight comedy-thriller cancelled faster than a train on strike day. But there’s still plenty to enjoy, from a sleeping-compartment scene between Wilde
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Top 10 Books About Terrible Jobs
Terrible jobs are a staple of literature. But it is a somewhat loaded term inviting images of scrubbing toilets, cleaning vomit, etc, when, really, all jobs are terrible, otherwise they would not have to pay us to do them. I knew I wanted to write a
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‘Queer, Hilarious And Full Of Joy’: The Rise Of LGBTQ+ Romance Fiction
“I have read some really fantastic fiction about queer women, but I have quite often felt that it leans towards the slightly gloomier side,” says author Laura Kay. For the London-based writer, it was natural that her debut novel, The Split, would be
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