Ralph Steadman: 'We're really living in a hell of a year, aren't we?'

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; When the Welsh artist Ralph Steadman picks up the phone, he sounds a bit paranoid. “It’s Friday the 13th, you know,” he says with a doomsday tone. “I’m terribly Läs mer…

A Promised Land by Barack Obama review – behind the power and the pomp

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Like the best autobiographers, Barack Obama writes about himself in the hope of discovering who or even what he is. It’s a paradoxical project for a man who is Läs mer…

Jan Morris: She sensed she was ‘at the very end of things’. What a life it was …

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Usually, nine months after meeting someone, interviewing them and writing about them for the newspaper, you would expect one or two details of the encounter to stay alive in Läs mer…

Strewth, bloody, rooted: is there a quintessentially Australian swear word?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Linguist Geoffrey Hughes writes that “people swear by what is most potent to them”. What is considered to be “most potent” changes across time, although taboo has often focused Läs mer…

How 'woke' became the word of our era

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; As I write this, I’m staring at a fashion magazine with the coverline “Woke bespoke”. Next to it, a newspaper supplement features a dating diary of the search for Läs mer…

Can American democracy survive Donald Trump?

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; “I WON THE ELECTION!” Donald Trump tweeted in the early hours of 16 November 2020, 10 days after he lost the election. At the same time, Atlantic magazine announced Läs mer…

Barack Obama on the moment he won the presidency – exclusive extract

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; More than anything campaign-related, it was news out of Hawaii that tempered my mood in October’s waning days. My sister Maya called, saying the doctors didn’t think Toot [Obama’s Läs mer…

Barack Obama reads an excerpt from his memoir – audio

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The former US president recalls the excitement of the 2008 night he was elected, in a passage from A Promised Land Interview: Obama talks Trump, Biden, golf and conspiracy Läs mer…

Booker winner Douglas Stuart: 'I owe Scotland everything'

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; As a boy in working-class Glasgow, one of the ways Douglas Stuart learned to cope with his alcoholic mother’s mood swings was to pretend to write her memoir. They Läs mer…

Alan Rickman's 27 volumes of diaries to be published as one book

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; The diaries of the late actor Alan Rickman are to be published, with 27 handwritten volumes of his “witty, gossipy and utterly candid” thoughts about his career and life Läs mer…

Elena Ferrante names her 40 favourite books by female authors

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Elena Ferrante, the bestselling pseudonymous Italian author behind My Brilliant Friend, has named her favourite 40 books by female authors around the world, with Toni Morrison, Sally Rooney and Läs mer…

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom review – Chadwick Boseman glorious in his final film role

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; A detonation of pure acting firepower is what’s on offer in this movie version of August Wilson’s 1982 stage play. Declarative and theatrical it might be, but it’s also Läs mer…

'I wanted to discover the starting point of video games': Edward Ross on new book Gamish

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Video game histories tend to follow an achingly familiar structure. They start with Pong and the Atari years; they do the console wars between Nintendo and Sega; they cover Läs mer…

Culture to cheer you up during the second lockdown: part one

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; Music Khruangbin – Mordechai Because sometimes what you need during lockdown is to be transported somewhere better by whatever’s in your headphones: Mordechai’s self-styled “Earth music” sounds like a Läs mer…

It’s time for fantasy fiction and role-playing games to shed their racist history

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; When Black Lives Matter protests were raging following the death of George Floyd, the publishers of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, pledged to take concrete steps to Läs mer…