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Book clinic: how can I restore my love of literature? 24 Aug 1:00pm Book clinic: how can I restore my love of literature?
Great stories, beautifully told, are the best way to reconnect with the pleasure of reading
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‘Dummy wasn’t a chillout album. Portishead had more in common with Nirvana’ 24 Aug 12:00pm ‘Dummy wasn’t a chillout album. Portishead had more in common with Nirvana’
On the 25th anniversary of their classic debut, Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley reflect on how the album came togetherTwenty-five years ago, during the summer of Blur’s
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Behind the scenes of Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel – in pictures 24 Aug 12:00pm Behind the scenes of Karl Lagerfeld’s last show for Chanel – in pictures
After meeting Karl Lagerfeld several times, artist
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Ex-call centre worker wins top Edinburgh comedy award 24 Aug 10:21am Ex-call centre worker wins top Edinburgh comedy award
Jordan Brookes wins prize for best show while Catherine Cohen crowned best newcomer
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Anna Paquin: ‘I am absolutely a control freak. It’s in my DNA’ 24 Aug 10:00am Anna Paquin: ‘I am absolutely a control freak. It’s in my DNA’
The actor, 37, on breaking Oscar protocol, loving film-set pranks, and being a backseat producer even as a child
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Simon Starling: ‘It seemed like an irresistible moment to make a show about a divided painting’ 24 Aug 9:00am Simon Starling: ‘It seemed like an irresistible moment to make a show about a divided painting’
The Turner prize winner on his latest exhibition, sawing a car in two for it, and why he steers clear of social media The artist Simon Starling, who won the Turner prize in 2005 for
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Sam Taylor-Johnson: ‘I’ve lost people very dear to me through addiction’ 24 Aug 9:00am Sam Taylor-Johnson: ‘I’ve lost people very dear to me through addiction’
The film-maker on adapting James Frey’s controversial rehab memoir A Million Little Pieces, whether she’s still making art and the joy of chickens Since leaving the art world to become a film-maker, Sam Taylor-Johnson has shown impressive range. Her debut feature film,
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Jordan Brookes is disturbingly funny – and a worthy Edinburgh Comedy awards champ 24 Aug 8:08am Jordan Brookes is disturbingly funny – and a worthy Edinburgh Comedy awards champ
Brookes has won the biggest prize in live comedy, with Catherine Cohen named best newcomer and Jessica Brough recognised for her Fringe of Colour project The Edinburgh Comedy award has found itself another deserving winner in Jordan Brookes, who has bagged the biggest prize in comedy – now sponsored by the TV channel Dave – for his show
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The week in classical: Breaking the Waves; Eugene Onegin – review 24 Aug 7:00am The week in classical: Breaking the Waves; Eugene Onegin – review
King’s theatre; Festival theatre, Edinburgh
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Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell review – a brilliant sequel 24 Aug 6:58am Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell review – a brilliant sequel
A heart-warming love letter to books and bookshops, by an amenable fellow turned antisocial old misanthrope “I was in here two years ago and you had a book by Roger Penrose. Do you know what happened to it?” Shaun Bythell – owner of the Book Shop in Wigtown, Galloway – has 100,000 books in stock, sells 20,000 a year, and has handled nearly 1m second-hand books since he bought the shop in 2001. Unsurprisingly, the Roger Penrose volume had not stuck in his mind. Before he entered the book trade at the tender age of 31, he was “amenable and friendly”. Now, after many years of fielding bizarre questions, constant haggling over prices (why is it “acceptable to try to screw the profit out of struggling small businesses” but not supermarkets?), and struggling to survive despite Amazon’s “icy grip” on bookselling, he has been forced to embrace the stereotype of the “impatient, intolerant, antisocial proprietor”.
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‘A steampunk fever dream’: why Carnival Row is not the new Game of Thrones 24 Aug 6:00am ‘A steampunk fever dream’: why Carnival Row is not the new Game of Thrones
This new fantasy features Cara Delevingne, Orlando Bloom, penny farthings and lines like ‘Critch magic is a sin against the Martyr!’ What I think we can all agree we’re wanting in these barren post-
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James Acaster: ‘Adulthood is still a bit daunting’ 24 Aug 5:00am James Acaster: ‘Adulthood is still a bit daunting’
When the comic’s life fell apart, he sought solace in the music of 2016. He discusses the songs that saved his life
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Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’ 24 Aug 4:30am Armistead Maupin: ‘How do I relax? Grass’
The author on being in drag, coming out and Donald Trump Born in Washington,
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Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic by Simon Armitage review – collected poems 24 Aug 4:28am Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic by Simon Armitage review – collected poems
The poet laureate’s commissioned work covers subjects as diverse as war and social comedyIt was an unwritten law of postwar Britain that all large parks should contain a commissioned
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Streaming: is this the film of the decade? 24 Aug 3:00am Streaming: is this the film of the decade?
A low-budget Brazilian road movie that’s been wowing critics for two years finally makes its UK debut, thanks to Mubi I was late getting to this week’s selected film – though not as late as film distributors in the UK: it has never been picked up for a cinema or even a DVD release. For more than two years, respected colleagues have been talking up the merits of
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Is the political novel dead? 24 Aug 3:00am Is the political novel dead?
Where is the Nineteen Eighty-Four of our times? As film and TV writers engage with our divided political moment, where is the campaigning literary novel?
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Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick review – philosopher and pioneer 24 Aug 2:30am Becoming Beauvoir by Kate Kirkpatrick review – philosopher and pioneer
The latest biography shines a spotlight on De Beauvoir’s views on the family and abortion, as well as her contrary relationship with feminism “Don’t be ‘Mlle Beauvoir’. Be me,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote in her diary in 1927. She was 19, and she had incurred her parents’ disapproval by starting a degree in philosophy. In love with her cousin, she still half hoped for a conventional marriage, but felt disturbed that she could only have “one life”. She wanted to fill it with as many different experiences as possible, already sure that her vocation as a philosopher compelled her to live differently, using herself as the raw material for her ideas. Two years later she recorded “curious certainty that this reserve of riches that I feel within me will make its mark … that this life of mine will be a well-spring from which others will drink”.
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Demi Lardner review – an explosion of animated oddities 24 Aug 2:00am Demi Lardner review – an explosion of animated oddities
Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh
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Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say 24 Aug 2:00am Notting Hill carnival can unite divided country, organisers say
Street festival will remember Windrush victims and is ‘more important now than ever’ The Notting Hill carnival is the ideal way to bring together
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Taylor Swift: ‘I was literally about to break’ 24 Aug 1:00am Taylor Swift: ‘I was literally about to break’
The singer spills on feuds, fame, failure – and why she’s taking on Trump Taylor Swift’s Nashville apartment is an Etsy fever dream, a 365-days-a-year Christmas shop, pure teenage girl id. You enter through a vestibule clad in blue velvet and covered in gilt frames bursting with fake flowers. The ceiling is painted like the night sky. Above a koi pond in the living area, a narrow staircase spirals six feet up towards a giant, pillow-lagged birdcage that probably has the best view in the city. Later, Swift will tell me she needs metaphors “to understand anything that happens to me”, and the birdcage defies you not to interpret it as a pointed comment on the contradictions of stardom. Swift, wearing pale jeans and dip-dyed shirt, her sandy hair tied in a blue scrunchie, leads the way up the staircase to show me the view. The decor hasn’t changed since she bought this place in 2009, when she was 19. “All of these high rises are new since then,” she says, gesturing at the squat glass structures and cranes. Meanwhile her oven is still covered in stickers, more teenage diary than adult appliance.
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Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing 24 Aug 12:07am Bollywood to depict Indian air strikes on Pakistan over Kashmir bombing
Vivek Oberoi movie will tell ‘true story’ of reprisals after February attack in which 40 Indian troops were killed Bollywood is to make a movie based on the “true story” of Indian air strikes on Pakistan this year, its producer said, the latest patriotic film to hit the silver screen. The 26 February attack took place after a suicide bombing claimed by a militant group based in Pakistan
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