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Review: ‘Game Night’ Has a Winning Rachel McAdams and Charades With a Twist32m Review: ‘Game Night’ Has a Winning Rachel McAdams and Charades With a Twist
A married couple questions reality after their weekly couples game night turns into a kidnapping mystery.
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Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Stands With Florida Students Fighting for Gun Control53m Updated Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Stands With Florida Students Fighting for Gun Control
“I hope these kids don’t give up,” Colbert said on Tuesday. “Someone else may be in power, but this country belongs to them.”
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Awards for women, writers of colour, small presses – why are there so many books prizes?1h 2m Awards for women, writers of colour, small presses – why are there so many books prizes?
There are so many literary prizes these days that they could be regarded as an industry in their own right – but they’re needed to change the status quo How many literary prizes are there in the UK today? To Wikipedia’s tally of around 70, I can immediately add half a dozen more – and still they come. It doesn’t seem too much of an exaggeration to see them as an industry in their own right, involving flotillas of administrators, squads of judges and hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in prize money. The value of this industry has long been hotly debated, with some writers going so far as to maintain that having so many prizes deforms the literary culture. The Man
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Black Panther smashes box office predictions1h 31m Black Panther smashes box office predictions
Ryan Coogler's superhero film racks up record takings after a phenomenal opening weekend.
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Sade to release first new music in eight years1h 49m Sade to release first new music in eight years
The British singer has recorded a song for the soundtrack of Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time Sade has recorded a new original song for the upcoming film adaptation of
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Christopher Eccleston: Northern accent 2h Christopher Eccleston: Northern accent "held me back"
The actor says he struggled to secure Shakespearean roles on stage because of his native Salford accent.
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Show Us Your Wall: They Built a Home, and With It, a Collection2h Show Us Your Wall: They Built a Home, and With It, a Collection
Susanne and Bill Pritchard discovered their passion for art when they commissioned a design for their dream home in Houston.
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Feature: Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight3h Feature: Laurie Metcalf Was Hiding in Plain Sight
From “Lady Bird” to “Three Tall Women” to a revival of “Roseanne,” the 62-year-old actress is finally showing off the extent of her range.
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How Much Magic Can ‘Harry Potter’ Make?3h How Much Magic Can ‘Harry Potter’ Make?
The Broadway home for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ has been rebuilt in the hope that it will run for many, many years. So why is J.K. Rowling worried?
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Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy3h Otherworldly: The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Monsters, golems and doppelgängers range through these sublime new collections of short fiction.
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Top 10 books about cheating3h Top 10 books about cheating
From illicit James Salter to category-defying Jeanette Winterson, here are the best contemporary works about romantic infidelity Why do we keep coming back to the adultery novel? What is it about infidelity that bears retelling across the centuries, especially now, when the ancient prohibitions against sex outside marriage have all but disappeared? These are questions I asked myself as I was writing
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Tomorrow by Elisabeth Russell Taylor review – an early 90s gem3h Tomorrow by Elisabeth Russell Taylor review – an early 90s gem
A tale of grief with a beautiful structure and wrenching twistTaylor’s reissued 1991 novel feels as though it could date from much earlier in the century, such is its cool, formal beauty and the exquisite portrait of unhappiness it paints. Yet when the protagonist’s glacial self-control cracks, the disturbing images that dart out from the damaged mind beneath the facade remind one that this is indeed a modern novel with a very sophisticated understanding of the depredations of grief. Elisabeth Danziger, a Jewish refugee living in London, returns every year to the Danish island where her family once had idyllic holiday homes and where, absorbed in their own happiness, for too long they ignored the gathering storm of antisemitism in their German home town.
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Call me Mr Monster Hunter: the man who guided a Japanese curiosity to global success4h Call me Mr Monster Hunter: the man who guided a Japanese curiosity to global success
Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is now the fastest selling game in its history. But for 10 years, the series struggled to find success outside Japan. What changed? Wherever you looked in Japan in 2008, someone was bent over a tiny PlayStation Portable games console (PSP) – and that someone was probably playing Monster Hunter. From clusters of young people playing on groomed lawns outside universities to suited salarymen on packed trains, the game had friends, family and work colleagues banding together to track and fight gigantic fantasy creatures. You had a good chance of finding a game to join if you pulled out your PSP in any public place. More than 40m Monster Hunter games, by Japanese developer Capcom, were sold between 2004 and 2017, but its success was confined almost entirely to its home country. Everything changed this year, though. When
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Murder, menopause and a boy who barks: the startling world of Yvonne Rainer4h Murder, menopause and a boy who barks: the startling world of Yvonne Rainer
When the iconoclastic choreographer reinvented herself as a film-maker at the turn of the 70s, she opened up a new world of possibilities for her art When
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Tania Bruguera wins Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission4h Tania Bruguera wins Tate Modern Turbine Hall commission
Cuban performance artist known for politically charged work to undertake next show
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Why Darkest Hour should win the 2018 best picture Oscar4h Why Darkest Hour should win the 2018 best picture Oscar
Ahead of the 2018 Academy Awards, Steve Rose makes a rousing case for the thrilling political drama in which Gary Oldman gives us the full Churchill In this movie year of seismic change, it is admittedly highly unlikely that the Academy will hand best picture to a film that begins in a roomful of posh, old white guys, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a case to be made for
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Post-Soviet Visions exhibition - in pictures4h Post-Soviet Visions exhibition - in pictures
Post-Soviet Visions: image and identity in the new Eastern Europe is a photography show exploring new visual representations of lifestyle and landscape in eastern Europe. The exhibition gathers the work of a young generation of artists rising to prominence a quarter-century after the end of Communism. It opens on 23 February at
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Sight by Jessie Greengrass review – a stunning debut about pregnancy6h Sight by Jessie Greengrass review – a stunning debut about pregnancy
This novel is a poised meditation on our bodies and the perils of becoming a parent The man who invented the
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The dark side of Los Angeles: crime and corruption in Tinseltown - in pictures6h The dark side of Los Angeles: crime and corruption in Tinseltown - in pictures
In a new book, a stark omnibus of photographs reveal the underbelly of Los Angeles from the 20s and 50s, showcasing corruption within the police force and the headline crime of the Black Dahlia
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Can chickpeas prolong orgasm? Yes – but only in LiarTown7h Can chickpeas prolong orgasm? Yes – but only in LiarTown
It’s the satirical powerhouse for the fake news era. LiarTown’s creator Sean Tejaratchi tells us how he dreamt up cooking with tears, angry cow stamps – and that old Smiths classic Lovely Gary
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What’s on TV Wednesday: The Brit Awards and ‘Nature: The Last Rhino’7h What’s on TV Wednesday: The Brit Awards and ‘Nature: The Last Rhino’
Dua Lipa and Justin Timberlake perform at the Brit Awards. And a documentary takes a look at the last male northern white rhinoceros.
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Oscars 2018: Which films are worth watching before the ceremony?8h Oscars 2018: Which films are worth watching before the ceremony?
Film critic Ali Plumb gives his tips for the films that are worth your time before the awards on Sunday 4 March.
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A Rammellzee Exhibition Is Coming to New York8h A Rammellzee Exhibition Is Coming to New York
The hip-hop pioneer will receive a retrospective featuring graffiti and sculptures at Red Bull Arts New York.
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Telling Italy’s Story Through Its Clothes9h Telling Italy’s Story Through Its Clothes
A new exhibition in Milan, “Italiana: Italy Through the Lens of Fashion,’’ argues that a Prada dress can help explain Italian identity.
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Review: Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’10h Review: Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’
Ms. O’Connell delivers a heartbreaking performance as an older woman struggling with dementia in this drama infused with Southern Gothic horror.
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Review: In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die10h Review: In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die
A political neophyte discovers the ethical nightmare of governance — lobbyists and donors and super PACs, oh my! — in Sarah Burgess’s new play.
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Review: ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ Stumbles Through History10h Review: ‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ Stumbles Through History
The play, inspired by real people and events in the decades leading up to the foundation of Israel, cuts to the role of music in creating a nation.
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10h Minnie Driver on the #MeToo Cause: ‘Women Get to be Heard’
The New York Times spoke with the British actress Minnie Driver about Matt Damon, Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo cause.
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Nude scenes will never be the same after Weinstein, Robert Lepage says11h Nude scenes will never be the same after Weinstein, Robert Lepage says
As he revives a play inspired by sexual predator the Marquis de Sade, the Québécois director has been forced into a rethink Only a few months ago, before the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke, the acclaimed Canadian theatre director Robert Lepage would never have thought twice about a nude scene with an actress. But the sexual harassment scandals that have wracked the entertainment industry since the Hollywood mogul’s fall have forced the Québécois master theatremaker to rethink how he works.
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22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring13h 22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring
Highlights from the worlds of theater, pop music, dance and classical, recommended by Times critics.
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Minnie Driver Calls for ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Model to Combat Sexual Assault13h Minnie Driver Calls for ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Model to Combat Sexual Assault
The British actress was speaking at an event focused on the #MeToo movement and organized by The New York Times and the How To Academy. Here are highlights of the interview.
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Critic’s Notebook: French Olympic Ice Dancers Make Skating as Ethereal as Ballet14h Critic’s Notebook: French Olympic Ice Dancers Make Skating as Ethereal as Ballet
A dance critic’s take: They didn’t win the gold, but no team matched the artistry of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.
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In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over14h Updated In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over
Scientists used a variety of tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the artist’s paintings and sculptures.
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3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring15h 3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring
Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.
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Beyond BFF15h Beyond BFF
Women are coining and co-opting titles for their closest companions.
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An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage15h An African Funk Pioneer Gets a Second Chance on a Global Stage
The Ethiopian pianist Hailu Mergia, 71, had become a taxi driver. But after a reissue revived his career, he is releasing his first new collection in two decades.
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Utøya July 22 review - recreation of Norway mass killing is a gut-wrenching ordeal16h Utøya July 22 review - recreation of Norway mass killing is a gut-wrenching ordeal
The horrific events that saw 69 teenagers die at the hands of a rightwing terrorist has been turned into a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective Erik Poppe’s Utøya July 22 is a visceral, brutal, yet heartfelt and earnest movie, which imbibes the innocent bewilderment and horror of its young characters. On one unbroken camera take, it seeks to recreate the
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‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Comes to Life in New Publication16h ‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Comes to Life in New Publication
A facsimile of the “Frankenstein” manuscript will be published in March by SP Books to mark the bicentennial of the novel’s publication.
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‘Torch Song’ Set to Return to Its Original Broadway Home17h ‘Torch Song’ Set to Return to Its Original Broadway Home
The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s multipart play about the life of a drag performer will open at the Helen Hayes Theater in November.
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The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out18h The Scion of a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, is queer, Muslim and proud.
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Critic’s Notebook: How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story into Tragedy18h Critic’s Notebook: How Balanchine Turns a Fairy Story into Tragedy
Our dance critic walks us through the finale of George Balanchine’s “Divertimento From ‘Le Baiser de la Fée,’” the work of a master dramatist.
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London Fashion Week: The Queen watches runway show18h London Fashion Week: The Queen watches runway show
The Queen watched Richard Quinn's show and gave him a new award for young British fashion designers.
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Milo Yiannopoulos drops lawsuit over his cancelled book19h Milo Yiannopoulos drops lawsuit over his cancelled book
The rightwing provocateur, who recently attempted to represent himself in court, and his former publisher asked that the case be dismissed ‘without costs or fees to either party’ Rightwing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is dropping a lawsuit against his former publisher Simon & Schuster, after attempting to sue the firm for cancelling his memoir Dangerous. In papers filed on 20 February in New York state supreme court, Yiannopoulos and the publishing house asked that the case be dismissed “without costs or fees to either party”.
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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway19h Updated Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway
After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”
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Standups on tour: ‘Why have I left my kids to stay in a rat-infested garret?’20h Standups on tour: ‘Why have I left my kids to stay in a rat-infested garret?’
How do comics survive life on the road? They rob their minibars, turn roadies into bird-watchers – and read The Da Vinci Code I once played in a tiny little school hall in a tiny little village called Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. After the gig, the manager came in and said the audience were refusing to leave. When I asked why, she said they were all expecting a raffle. So I had to go back out and conduct the raffle.
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The Heir to a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out20h Updated The Heir to a Pakistani Political Dynasty Comes Out
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the grandson and namesake of the founder of the Pakistan Peoples Party, is queer, Muslim and proud.
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Review: ‘Semiramide’ Returns to the Met, Unglamorous but Excellent20h Updated Review: ‘Semiramide’ Returns to the Met, Unglamorous but Excellent
The sprawling Rossini tragedy hasn't been done by the company in 25 years. It’s back, with a cast that lacks big stars but is game for its challenges.
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Could A Very Fatal Murder kill off the true-crime podcast?20h Could A Very Fatal Murder kill off the true-crime podcast?
This spoof of the popular genre is such perfect satire, we may never be able to listen to S-Town, Serial or Criminal in the same way again ‘Do you know the girl who was shot then brutally stabbed over and over until her face was barely recognisable?” If you’re familiar with the gory juggernaut of a genre that is the true-crime podcast, you will know this scenario is only a slight exaggeration – and that the genre is ripe for a spoof. Which is where intrepid investigator David Pascall comes in, alongside the residents of Bluff Springs, Nebraska, in
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See change: the ongoing battle against sexual harassment in the art world21h See change: the ongoing battle against sexual harassment in the art world
As women in the art world rise up against abuse from collectors and others, will the culture that’s protected predators shift? When American artist Betty Tompkins was a senior at Syracuse University in 1966, one of her painting professors asked her what she was going to do after she finished school. “I am going to move to New York and be an artist,” Tompkins, the now 72-year-old artist, told him.
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Jennifer Lawrence explains Bafta mishap with Joanna Lumley21h Jennifer Lawrence explains Bafta mishap with Joanna Lumley
The actress says her "rude" comment at the Baftas was "an inside joke that fell flat".
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From Blackadder to Buffy: readers on the most shocking TV deaths22h From Blackadder to Buffy: readers on the most shocking TV deaths
They’ve been murdered by serial killers, plunged to Earth on a Cyberman ship and disappeared in the trenches – you told us what character killings-off left you reeling
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London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion?23h London Fashion Week: Is disability hidden in fashion?
Model and campaigner Kelly Knox investigates the industry for BBC Radio 5 live.
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Jamie Oliver closes flagship Barbecoa restaurant23h Jamie Oliver closes flagship Barbecoa restaurant
The celebrity chef's two steak restaurants go into administration - but he immediately buys one back.
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Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault23h Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault
My Week with Marilyn producer David Parfitt claims Weinstein attacked him in new Channel 4 documentary .
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Pressure from Turkey blamed as Sarajevo reverses decision to honour Orhan Pamuk24h Pressure from Turkey blamed as Sarajevo reverses decision to honour Orhan Pamuk
The Nobel laureate, who is a vocal critic of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was nominated for the honour while writing screenplay about Bosnian war The city of Sarajevo has abandoned plans to make
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Why Call Me By Your Name should win the 2018 best picture Oscar24h Why Call Me By Your Name should win the 2018 best picture Oscar
Luca Guadagnino’s gorgeous coming-of-age tale oozes nostalgic melancholy and avoids the cliches in many films about gay love Is Hollywood really changing? Or is just going through poses, like a self-conscious teenager at an outdoor disco in 1980s Italy? If
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Little Mix singer criticised for wearing dreads25h Little Mix singer criticised for wearing dreads
Jesy Nelson has been accused of cultural borrowing after unveiling a dreadlock hairstyle on Instagram.
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The Carpetbagger: An Oscar-Nominated Transgender Director on His ‘Authentic Self’25h The Carpetbagger: An Oscar-Nominated Transgender Director on His ‘Authentic Self’
“People are saying thank you for showing this isn’t something black people have been imagining,” says Yance Ford, director of “Strong Island.”
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Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance26h Fergie apologises for NBA national anthem performance
The singer tells fans she 'tried her best' after criticism of her rendition of the national anthem at an NBA game.
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Profile review – Skyping-with-Isis thriller dials up the suspense26h Profile review – Skyping-with-Isis thriller dials up the suspense
Timur Bekmambetov’s film about a journalist investigating women online being lured to Syria is silly but effective Cinema is currently deciding how it meets the challenge of representing the way modern life and modern experience is increasingly happening online. The recent supernatural horror-thriller
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Black Panther proves the best villains are those who could have been heroes27h Black Panther proves the best villains are those who could have been heroes
Like Terminator and Darth Vader, Erik Killmonger’s evil is all the more compelling when we find out the wrong turn he has taken
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Nonfiction: Who Owns the Elgin Marbles?27h Nonfiction: Who Owns the Elgin Marbles?
In “The Real Life of the Parthenon,” Patricia Vigderman visits classic sites of the ancient world, exploring their complex, contested heritage.
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Nonfiction: In a New Biography of the Bouvier Women, Jealousies Rule27h Nonfiction: In a New Biography of the Bouvier Women, Jealousies Rule
“Jackie, Janet & Lee,” by J. Randy Taraborrelli, reveals bonds as fierce as the scandals that threatened them.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Two Budding Bookworms — and Friends — Seeking Literary Realism27h Match Book: Dear Match Book: Two Budding Bookworms — and Friends — Seeking Literary Realism
Novels for young readers that tackle the complexities of the human condition.
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Marilyn Manson accused of sexual harassment and racist remarks28h Marilyn Manson accused of sexual harassment and racist remarks
The shock-rocker has not yet responded to allegations on Twitter by actor Charlyne Yi that he made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks Actor Charlyne Yi has accused
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The Peace of Wild Things review – a rich harvest29h The Peace of Wild Things review – a rich harvest
A new edition of work by the American poet Wendell Barnes draws its slow-moving brilliance from the stillness of natureThis column is usually reserved for new collections, but there is a reason to break this rule for Wendell Berry. It is extraordinary that he is not better known. I was on the verge of saying he should be a household name, but households have never been his thing. His selected verse, in a new edition by Penguin, is the work of an outdoorsman; it aspires to Gerard Manley Hopkins’s idea that nature is, for all the depredations, “never spent”. This is poetry to lower blood pressure, to induce calm. Berry’s gift, as a Kentucky farmer and as a writer, is to root himself as a tree might – not to commandeer nature but to cherish it. I do not think it fanciful to see these poems as a form of manual labour – of necessary work. The title poem – his best known – is, at the same time, a secular prayer. The language is slightly churchy, which might not be to everyone’s taste, although there is pleasure in seeing church and meadow come together harmoniously. Berry repeatedly finds a remedy in nature, yet never comes to it in quite the same way.
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Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala review – coming out and coming of age30h Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala review – coming out and coming of age
The son of devoutly religious parents realises he is gay in Iweala’s tentative follow-up to the acclaimed Beasts of No Nation
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Youth in revolt: is Lady Bird the first truly feminist teen movie?30h Youth in revolt: is Lady Bird the first truly feminist teen movie?
Greta Gerwig’s film packs in John Hughes-style teenage angst. But its focus on self-determination and female bonds – rather than validation by boyfriend – sets it apart The teen movie is an often raucous affair: embryonic sexual stirrings, combative parent/child relationships and the heart-tugging turbulence of post-adolescent friendship – which is why it is surprising to find Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, such a quiet and understated film. But there is perhaps something about Gerwig’s delicacy of touch that lends clarity to one of the film’s most resounding themes: its unapologetic feminism. The central character (Saoirse Ronan) – unsatisfied with her comparatively drab given name, Christine – precociously assumes the alias Lady Bird. She dresses in thrift-shop clothes, has clumsily dyed pink hair and dreams of leaving what she deems the cultural wasteland of Sacramento, California, and her claustrophobic Catholic high-school – to study at a pricey liberal arts college on the US east coast.
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Marcella review – Anna Friel returns in the delightfully tonto crime drama31h Marcella review – Anna Friel returns in the delightfully tonto crime drama
As the uncoplike cop who has blackout episodes, Friel battles utter ludicrousness with the odd curveball from the real world – while the score deserves a show all of its own She is back. Marcella, with a “ch” sound in the middle. Anna Friel giving it everything, entertainingly and very watchably, as an unlikely and very uncoplike cop, remember? Who has blackout episodes in which she becomes angry and violent. She seems to be having one now. With a cut above her right eye, she is teetering on the edge, literally, up on the parapet of the roof of the building that she works in, with night-time London and its night-time sounds stretched out below. Don’t, Marcella with a ch, don’t jump … But then, before she either does or doesn’t, we go back 12 days. That rooftop is where this is heading to, but where is it heading from? Some kind of building work, it looks like; a man with a drill and a very large drill-bit is making a hole in an internal wall. He hits something that isn’t plasterboard, pulls the drill out, and on the end of his very large drill-bit is … oh, a human ear.
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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Born in Flames’31h What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ and ‘Born in Flames’
“Thor: Ragnarok” arrives on streaming services. And women lead a revolution in the newly restored fantasy film “Born in Flames.”
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31h Updated A Director’s Apology Adds Momentum to South Korea’s #MeToo Movement
“I am ready to take all punishment, including legal responsibilities for my crimes,” said Lee Youn-taek, a theater director accused of sexual harassment.
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The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music32h The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music
Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton. Last month, however, Nezhat Amiri conducted a 71-member orchestra performing at Tehran’s most prestigious concert hall – a remarkable milestone in a country where it is considered taboo for state TV to show musical instruments, women are not allowed to sing solo and female musicians have been prevented from going on stage in provincial cities.
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