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9 Jul 9:18pm The Left Behind: TV drama shows the face of the far right
The increase in hate crimes in the UK is the focus of a new docudrama.
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9 Jul 7:58pm Updated Michael Colgrass, Composer Who Transcended Genres, Dies at 87
A Pulitzer Prize winner, he refused to align himself with any new-music style, drawing on jazz, world music and even bird calls.
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9 Jul 7:47pm Google Doodle dude: The artist viewed by billions who you might never have heard of
Matthew Cruikshank has a potential daily audience of more than five billion people.
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9 Jul 6:33pm Updated New York Galleries: What to See Right Now
Work by two women who made figurative paintings in the ’50s; short films and videos about black culture; and a painter’s intermingling of contemporary and historical art.
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9 Jul 6:08pm Updated Vivian Perlis, Oral Historian of American Music, Dies at 91
She was the founding director of a Yale project that preserved the voices of Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland and many more. It has been called “incomparable.”
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Spanish-Language Music Has Gone Global. Watch Rosalía Make Her Hit ‘Con Altura’ 9 Jul 6:01pm Updated Spanish-Language Music Has Gone Global. Watch Rosalía Make Her Hit ‘Con Altura’
Two Spaniards, a Canadian, a Colombian and a clip from a Dominican television show helped turn a tribute to reggaeton into one of the hottest international songs of the summer.
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9 Jul 4:00pm If You Could Stop Time, Would You? A Novel Puts a Dark Spin on the Question
During a worldwide economic collapse, the heroes of Andri Snaer Magnason’s “The Casket of Time” seal themselves in time-proof boxes. So does everyone else.
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9 Jul 3:41pm Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia festival after backlash
The rapper says she has "better educated" herself amid a human rights backlash.
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Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Show After Complaints From Human Rights Groups 9 Jul 3:37pm Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Show After Complaints From Human Rights Groups
It was “important for me to make clear my support for the rights of women, the L.G.B.T.Q. community and freedom of expression,” the rapper said.
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Recap: All’s Well That Ends Weird 9 Jul 3:16pm Updated ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Recap: All’s Well That Ends Weird
The third season brought all the nostalgia, gross-outs and character-driven emotion we’ve come to expect. But the ending left some lingering questions.
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In This Existential Thriller, a Heroine Has to Save Her Kidnapped Daughter 9 Jul 3:12pm Updated In This Existential Thriller, a Heroine Has to Save Her Kidnapped Daughter
“The Chain,” by Adrian McKinty, imagines a crime syndicate operating a string of abductions like a chain letter, with each set of victims responsible for taking the next hostage.
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Aziz Ansari Addresses Misconduct Accusation in Bold Netflix Set 9 Jul 2:33pm Updated Aziz Ansari Addresses Misconduct Accusation in Bold Netflix Set
When our critic saw his show in December, the comic didn’t bring up the scandal. In the special “Right Now,” he rectifies that mistake with his finest work yet.
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I Love My Brother, but He’s a White Supremacist 9 Jul 1:56pm Updated I Love My Brother, but He’s a White Supremacist
Alexi Zentner’s new novel, “Copperhead,” attempts to explain but not excuse institutionalized racism.
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9 Jul 1:12pm Japan boy-band mogul Johnny Kitagawa dies at 87
His talent agency dominated the pop music industry in Japan for decades.
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9 Jul 1:08pm Updated ‘Love Island’ Is Coming to America. Here’s Everything You Need to Know.
The raunchy British reality TV dating show arrives in the U.S. on Tuesday. Here’s what to expect.
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They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It. 9 Jul 12:38pm Updated They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It.
After starring together in “The Last Five Years” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott had a “fracture” in their relationship. How do you set that to music?
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Drawings by Migrant Children in Texas Catch the Smithsonian’s Eye 9 Jul 12:37pm Drawings by Migrant Children in Texas Catch the Smithsonian’s Eye
The children had recently been released from the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, and they drew their detention facilities.
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Martin Charnin, Who Helped Create ‘Annie,’ Dies at 84 9 Jul 11:53am Updated Martin Charnin, Who Helped Create ‘Annie,’ Dies at 84
He turned the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” into a long-running Broadway musical and wrote the memorable lyrics to a score that included “Tomorrow.”
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Making a murder: true-crime stage show recreates a shocking killing 9 Jul 11:37am Making a murder: true-crime stage show recreates a shocking killing
How do you re-enact a homicide for a theatre performance – and should you? Director Milo Rau invited people who knew the victim to take part On 22 April, 2012,
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To landfill and beyond! Why Disney is recalling a Toy Story 4 Forky toy 9 Jul 11:29am To landfill and beyond! Why Disney is recalling a Toy Story 4 Forky toy
How ironic that Forky, the spork with googly eyes who spends much of the new Pixar film being saved from the bin, may now end up in one
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9 Jul 10:42am Updated Three Collections of Stories in Translation
“Rain” (by Mia Couto), “The Sun on My Head” (by Geovani Martins) and “Arid Dreams” (by Duanwad Pimwana) depict landscapes of misfortune around the world.
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Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern with tonne of white Lego 9 Jul 10:11am Olafur Eliasson returns to Tate Modern with tonne of white Lego
Retrospective of artist behind Weather Project investigates how we respond to nature One tonne of white Lego bricks will be scattered across large tables in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall this summer, allowing anyone who visits to unleash their inner architect. The Lego project is the work of the artist Olafur Eliasson, the subject of
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Art by Migrant Children in Texas Catches the Smithsonian’s Eye 9 Jul 10:08am Updated Art by Migrant Children in Texas Catches the Smithsonian’s Eye
The children had recently been released from the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, and they drew their detention facilities.
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9 Jul 9:13am West Yorkshire teacher uses dance to cope with cancer
Samantha Bell is training a group of dancers to take part in the Dance World Cup in Portugal.
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Philip Glass: from Einstein on the Beach to a superfan in Manchester 9 Jul 9:05am Philip Glass: from Einstein on the Beach to a superfan in Manchester
One is a legendary composer. The other makes spectacular shows out of Sellotape. Philip Glass and Phelim McDermott talk about their new work about loss and religion – with puppets ‘I’ve done very good collaborations with people I don’t know very well,” says
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Primo Levi brings readers as close as prose can to the horror of Auschwitz 9 Jul 8:30am Primo Levi brings readers as close as prose can to the horror of Auschwitz
If This Is a Man’s vivid, precisely told story keeps us aware of all the individual tragedies occurring amid the mass barbarity of the camps While in Auschwitz, the exhausted and starving Primo Levi was not even granted the reprieve of a night’s sleep. The hours of darkness were, he writes in If This Is a Man, long, laid on his narrow wooden bunk with his nose pressed up against the feet of a man whose own face he had never seen, “forced to exchange sweats, smells and warmth … under the same blanket”. Those smells might well include slops. The watery soup the prisoners were fed tormented them at night, sending them in “procession to a bucket”. When this stinking vessel was filled, it had to be emptied – about 20 times a night. “Inevitably, with the shaking,” writes Levi, “some of the content overflows on our feet, so that however repugnant this duty may be, it is always preferable that we, and not our neighbour, be ordered to do it.” Many further pains feature in this chapter on “our nights”: the groans, the snores, the cries of terrified dreamers – and the terrifying dreams themselves. It ends in the morning. There comes the command to get up, a “hurricane” of shouting and blows rained down on the prisoners, and a frantic scramble to make the beds and to get dressed without losing sight of the pitiful objects (such as rudimentary spoons and spare threads for sewing) that the prisoners need for survival. Finally, Levi tells us, he climbs down on to the floor, puts on his shoes, “the sores on my feet reopen at once, and a new day begins”.
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David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery 9 Jul 7:00am David Attenborough: polluting planet may become as reviled as slavery
Naturalist tells MPs radical action needed to tackle crisis but attitude of young people gives him hope The attitude of young people towards tackling the environmental crisis is “a source of great hope”, David Attenborough has told MPs, as he predicted that polluting the planet would soon be as discredited an action as slavery. Giving evidence to the
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Egypt asks Interpol to trace Tutankhamun relic sold for £4.7m in UK 9 Jul 6:52am Egypt asks Interpol to trace Tutankhamun relic sold for £4.7m in UK
Cairo calls on international police agency to find head sold to unknown buyer for £4.7m Egypt has asked Interpol to track down a 3,000-year-old Tutankhamun artefact
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Stranger Things 3 smashes viewing figure record for Netflix 9 Jul 6:17am Stranger Things 3 smashes viewing figure record for Netflix
Over 40 million households tune in to watch season three of the 80s-set fantasy drama in the first four days of its release, a record for the streaming giant Stranger Things 3 has broken viewing records for Netflix, becoming the most watched film or series in the first four days of release in the streaming service’s history. Over 40 million households tuned in to watch the first episode of the third season of the 80s-set fantasy drama between its launch on Thursday and Sunday, according to Netflix viewing figures, while 18 million households finished all eight episodes of the season in the same time frame.
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Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale – but what a slog to get there 9 Jul 5:17am Stranger Things 3: a flawless finale – but what a slog to get there
The ending is spectacular and beautiful TV, but before that, we had to endure Stranger Things: The Soap Opera for hour upon mind-flaying hour
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A Star of ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Surveys Her Past 9 Jul 5:01am A Star of ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Surveys Her Past
From her sleek, 61st-floor sublet in Times Square, Karen Olivo can see some of the places she traveled to get where she is now.
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Imagining the Moon 9 Jul 5:00am Imagining the Moon
The moon in art has changed from symbol to something real, but that hasn’t changed our will to see it.
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How the Department of Defense Bankrolled Silicon Valley 9 Jul 5:00am How the Department of Defense Bankrolled Silicon Valley
“The Code,” by Margaret O’Mara, is an ambitious history of the cozy relationship between California’s tech start-ups and the federal government.
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9 Jul 5:00am Can Food Help Women Resist the Patriarchy? This Novel Says Yes
Lara Williams’s debut novel, “Supper Club,” gathers insatiable women for bacchanalian gatherings.
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9 Jul 5:00am The Story of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls, by a Reporter Who Takes It Personally
“Beneath the Tamarind Tree,” by Isha Sesay, weaves an account of the Nigerian girls’ kidnapping with the story of her own mother, another African girl determined to get an education.
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9 Jul 5:00am Corkscrew Twists and Turns Propel a Dark, Dark Legal Thriller
In Martin Clark’s “The Substitution Order,” the criminal justice system is irretrievably broken, exploited by con men, crooks and corrupt officials.
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9 Jul 5:00am What Do the Sex Lives of ‘Three Women’ Tell Us About Female Desire?
To write her book, Lisa Taddeo spent thousands of hours over eight years getting to know her subjects in an effort to understand their eroticyearnings and obsessions.
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9 Jul 5:00am ‘Dapper Dan’ Gets Back to Harlem’s Roots
The renowned fashion designer Daniel R. Day recounts a life spent on the streets — and in the ateliers — of Upper Manhattan.
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9 Jul 5:00am Love and Fate: Are They Prisons We Can Never Escape?
In Ludmila Ulitskaya’s sprawling novel “Jacob’s Ladder,” the trials of a family’s women mirror those of generations of Russians.
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Lines Off by Hugo Williams review – fascinating reflections on body and mind 9 Jul 4:00am Lines Off by Hugo Williams review – fascinating reflections on body and mind
Inspired by a spell in hospital, Hugo Williams confronts the body in crisis with irresistible styleHugo Williams’s “lines off” – a stage direction – were written during a period in which he had dialysis, followed by a kidney transplant. Hospitals are dramas in themselves – operating theatres appropriately named. In Transplant 2014, the surgeon is poised to give “the performance of a lifetime” (and let us not forget, Williams once worked as a theatre critic). But sickness and the surgeon’s knife do not necessarily make great poetry. What matters is Williams’s own writerly performance, his ability to rally while undergoing the trials of Job. It is the gallantry of his writing that moves. The raffish intelligence that makes all his poetry a pleasure to read does not desert him in extremis. There is – thank the NHS – never any sense of his being diminished on the page. His old style cooperates with his new predicament even if hospital is not his preferred habitat. His gloom as he casts himself a has-been is offset by the doctor’s disbelief (in The Check-Up) that he has survived:
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Flutes you: Lizzo and the woodwind renaissance 9 Jul 4:00am Flutes you: Lizzo and the woodwind renaissance
From Lizzo to André 3000, why is the instrument prevalent in pop culture? There are many things you might expect to find while waiting for an early morning flight at Los Angeles International airport. Overpriced breakfast sandwiches and bawling toddlers feature high on the list,
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9 Jul 3:09am Stranger Things 3 breaks Netflix streaming record
More than 40 million households watched the show in its first four days, the streaming service says.
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American Pie at 20: why the raucous comedy could never be made today 9 Jul 2:00am American Pie at 20: why the raucous comedy could never be made today
The 1999 hit that spawned a franchise had moments of sweetness amid the filth, but it also possessed little interest in how women feel about sex American Pie could never be made today. Just the premise of high school boys vowing, by hook or by crook, to lose their virginity before prom feels like a game of Russian roulette with four bullets in the chamber. Per their own guidelines, it has to be “valid, consensual sex”, nothing with prostitutes, but the timeline doesn’t exactly incentivize good behavior, especially when they decide that working together is the best way to make it happen. And that’s before you get to some of the film’s more dubious particulars, like filming a foreign exchange student naked without her knowledge and broadcasting it via webcam to the entire class. (The resolution is quite poor, for what it’s worth. There’s only so much smut that can survive a dial-up modem.)
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Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann review – a singular woman adrift 9 Jul 1:59am Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann review – a singular woman adrift
A new translation of the Austrian writer’s only novel reminds us of her profound and unusual talent In the astonishing desolation and wonder that is Ingeborg Bachmann’s
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Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Could Be Dismissed, Judge Says 9 Jul 1:20am Updated Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Could Be Dismissed, Judge Says
The prosecution appeared in jeopardy after the actor’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment during a hearing over a missing phone.
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Poldark star says shirtless scene gave him more empathy for women 9 Jul 1:01am Poldark star says shirtless scene gave him more empathy for women
Aidan Turner says while he did not feel objectified himself, he sees how it can feel for women The Poldark actor Aidan Turner has said his famous shirtless scything scene in the BBC One drama made him appreciate how women feel when objectified. The 36-year-old, who shot to fame in the series based on Winston Graham’s books, became a small-screen heartthrob when the topless scene was broadcast four years ago. Radio Times readers voted it the
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How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber 9 Jul 1:00am How we made Closer – by Clive Owen and Patrick Marber
‘I wanted to write a Shakespearean scene with someone in disguise, so I went into a lesbian chatroom pretending to be a gay woman’ I was in Atlanta in 1996 with a tour of my play
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What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘I Love You, Now Die’ and ‘Love Island’ 9 Jul 1:00am What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘I Love You, Now Die’ and ‘Love Island’
An HBO documentary dissects the case of a teenager who urged her boyfriend to kill himself. And the reality sensation “Love Island” heads stateside.
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No Prison for the Friars Club Boss Members Seem to Love or Hate 9 Jul 12:22am Updated No Prison for the Friars Club Boss Members Seem to Love or Hate
The club’s former executive director, Michael Gyure, will continue in a new role there after being sentenced for filing false tax returns.
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9 Jul 12:15am Updated ‘Stranger Things’ Star Dacre Montgomery on Billy’s Surprising Fate
The character made a memorable entrance in Season 2, but it wasn’t until this season that he was a key part of the story.
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Garfield Art Heads to Auction 9 Jul 12:14am Updated Garfield Art Heads to Auction
Some of the original artwork for the comic strip, originated by Jim Davis in 1978, is up for grabs starting Tuesday.
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Alvin Ailey’s Associate Artistic Director to Step Down 9 Jul 12:14am Updated Alvin Ailey’s Associate Artistic Director to Step Down
Masazumi Chaya will leave his post in January, and Matthew Rushing will take over. Also, Ronni Favors, an ex-Ailey member, will become rehearsal director.
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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Evil 9 Jul 12:11am Updated What to Expect When You’re Expecting Evil
Literary fiction is increasingly borrowing from the horror genre to explore the fears and anxieties of modern motherhood.
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Maya Angelou, Reimagined Through Art 9 Jul 12:10am Updated Maya Angelou, Reimagined Through Art
More than two dozen artists honored the poet, artist and activist with murals at the Los Angeles high school that bears her name. Our photographer captured the works being created.
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