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Logan Should Be Dead By Now: 23 Things You (probably) Never Knew About Succession
TV’s richest and most dysfunctional dynasty is back. The fourth and final season of Jesse Armstrong’s Succession sees battle-scarred mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) swagger back on to our screens, his billionaire brood squabbling in his wake. You’ll alre
The Guardian3 min letti
Adapt And Survive: Why Dickens Still Endures On Page, Stage And Screen
What is it about Great Expectations? Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight’s new dramatisation of Dickens’s novel is the seventh BBC adaptation – the first appearing on screens in 1954. Cinema has loved it too. David Lean’s 1946 film remains the most
The Guardian6 min letti
Can An AI Program Really Write A Good Movie? Here’s A Test
The rise of AI programs like ChatGPT has triggered a tidal wave of ethical handwringing, most prominently from within the industries that it threatens to destroy. After all, just because you can get a robot to instantly write code or write contracts
The Guardian6 min letti
Rainbow Fur, £10,000 Ballgowns And Hounds In Hats: Inside LA’s Canine Couture Show
Hairdryers whirr, curling irons sizzle and clouds of hairspray fill the air backstage at LA fashion week, as stylists riffle through clothes rails and make frantic adjustments to hemlines. Models are lining up to be photographed, moments before the s
The Guardian4 min letti
Two Sides To A Story: Why Feminist Retellings Are Filling Our Bookshelves
From Circe to Medusa via Persephone, Electra and the women of Troy, it seems there are few characters from Greek mythology left who haven’t been the subject of a feminist retelling in recent years. This year, the world of such reimaginings is expandi
The Guardian4 min letti
The Spirit Of 80s Racing Games Lives On In Lego 2K Drive
Classic video games never really die. While they’re still remembered by designers and producers, their influence lives on and they can crop up in the most unexpected places. 2K Games has announced a new agreement with Lego, which will begin with Lego
The Guardian4 min letti
Is Blockbuster Video About To Make A Comeback?
A few days ago, something strange happened in a forgotten corner of the internet. The website for Blockbuster, the long-dormant obsolete VHS rental chain, twitched back into life. It doesn’t always work – there’s more than a fighting chance that you’
The Guardian4 min letti
Beethoven’s Bad Liver May Not Have Been Solely Down To Alcohol, Say Experts
When an autopsy was carried out after Ludwig van Beethoven’s death in 1827, his liver was found to be “beset with nodules the size of a bean”. Now researchers say the cause may not have been alcohol consumption alone, with a genetic analysis revealin
The Guardian5 min letti
Pushing Buttons: The Event Game Designers Can’t Afford To Attend – But Can’t Afford To Miss
It’s Game Developers Conference week, which means one of two things for those working in the industry: either they’re jetlagged in some hotel bar in San Francisco spending $10 a beer; or they’re at home, avoiding Twitter to lessen the Fomo. GDC has l
The Guardian6 min letti
‘Warhol Cooked Us Scrambled Eggs. Or Was It Rauschenberg?’ – Gilbert And George Preserve Their Greatest Moments
George and Gilbert are showing me the Himalayan magnolia they’ve planted in the freshly cobbled courtyard of the Gilbert and George Centre. It’s a tall specimen that’s already starting to unleash its ravishing red blooms. “Just like human hearts!” th
The Guardian3 min letti
The Truth About Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet? It Is As Strange As You’d Expect | Arwa Mahdawi
This time there aren’t any vaginas involved. I say that because half the time Gwyneth Paltrow is in the news it’s vagina-related. On this occasion, however, it’s because a lot of people are seemingly annoyed that she – a woman who has amassed a fortu
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Ben Okri On Swapping Novels For Painting: ‘Could These Two Great Rivers Of Creativity Merge?’
To be an artist in the Lagos of my youth, you had to be multi-disciplinary. Under this democratic artistic spirit, I learned to paint. I did it secretly. At the same time, I was learning to write. Then one day, when it rained, I decided to find out w
The Guardian5 min letti
Gunned Down And Burned By The Nazis: The Shocking True Story Of Bambi
When Love Island stars Molly-Mae Hague and Tommy Fury announced that they had named their daughter Bambi earlier this year, it caused a bit of a storm. Some approving fans claimed to be “obsessed” with the name, but Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona ca
The Guardian4 min letti
What Currently Brings Me Joy: Roadside Americana
When I was a child, my parents attended an annual oyster roast whose centerpiece was a woman known as the Uniroyal Gal, a 17ft tall fiberglass woman in a low-slung blue bikini, modeled after Jacqueline Kennedy. Road trips took us through the land of
The Guardian5 min letti
Ed Sheeran: Singer ‘Didn’t Want To Live Any More’ Following Deaths Of Friends Jamal Edwards And Shane Warne
Ed Sheeran has said that following the deaths of friends SBTV founder Jamal Edwards and the Australian cricketer Shane Warne in 2022, he “didn’t want to live any more”. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine ahead of the release of his sixth album, – (Su
The Guardian4 min letti
Paris: The Memoir Review – How A Celebrity Nymph Conquered The Earth
Twenty years ago, Paris Hilton was the stiletto-heeled embodiment of the zeitgeist. With a chihuahua called Diamond Baby kennelled in her designer handbag, this nepotistic partygoer juggled five mobile phones while cantering across continents to sell
The Guardian4 min letti
Poem Of The Week: Simulacrum By Oluwaseun Olayiwola
There wasn’t love but there was what love becomes —(sheet-wrinkle.) (skin-dune.) (Arm-ropes lassoingour neck-flesh with push-and-pull —, equal amounts;the hurt convincing its shape is false, the relation:the recorded moment (he likes to record) (to r
The Guardian4 min letti
Everyone Wanted Me To Have A Literary Rival – I Got Drunk With Him Instead | Rachel Connolly
One unfortunate side-effect of publishing a novel is you end up fielding some strange reactions. I have one out later this year and I’ve already noticed certain patterns. People (and I have to say this is usually men) will stand with their shoulders
The Guardian6 min letti
‘The Twisted Egos And Mediocre Minds Are Spot On’: Boardroom Survivors On How True Succession Is
Welcome to the boardroom, but beware the flying F-bombs. As the fourth (and tragically final) season approaches, we ask five business insiders how true to life the super-rich saga is. Mike Soutar is a former newspaper and magazine CEO. He’s now a me
The Guardian6 min letti
Mary Beard: ‘Everyone Is Policing Everything. The Left Are As Bad As The Right’
Professor Mary Beard associates the restaurant Moro, in London’s Clerkenwell, with afternoons of flowing wine and pats on the back. It’s where her publisher takes her to celebrate when she has delivered a book manuscript. She’s nearing such a deadlin
The Guardian5 min lettiIntelligence (AI) & Semantics
‘ChatGPT Said I Did Not Exist’: How Artists And Writers Are Fighting Back Against AI
No need for more scare stories about the looming automation of the future. Artists, designers, photographers, authors, actors and musicians see little humour left in jokes about AI programs that will one day do their job for less money. That dark daw
The Guardian4 min letti
Syabira Yusoff: ‘Bake Off Really Helped My Self-confidence’
Before The Great British Bake Off, I never thought to bake a cake in four hours or do something that elaborate. It’s so surprising how the stress and desperation pushes you. I’d call it a human instinct to survive: no matter what I do, I have to serv
The Guardian3 min letti
Lance Reddick: The Wire’s Crusading Cop Led With Command And Conviction
On HBO’s crime-and-punishment epic The Wire, the moral arc of the universe does not bend toward justice. In the dramatized yet scrupulously realistic Baltimore mapped by creator David Simon, institutions – policing, education, politics – preserve the
The Guardian4 min letti
Richard Milward: ‘I Hid My Writing Like A Secret Vice’
Richard Milward, 38, grew up in Middlesbrough and lives in London. He is the author of three previous novels: Apples, published when he was 22; Ten Storey Love Song, told in the form of a single 300-page paragraph; and Kimberly’s Capital Punishment (
The Guardian2 min letti
Rare Early Letter From Jane Austen To Her Sister Will Go On Public Display
A letter from Jane Austen to her sister, in which she shares domestic news and neighbourhood gossip, is to go on display at the author’s former home. Dated 1798, the letter is one of around 160 by Austen that survive, and one of the earliest in exist
The Guardian5 min lettiCrime & Violence
‘Right Now, There Is Not A Great Deal Of Trust In The Police’: Why TV Is Filled With Bent Coppers
When I was recovering at home after a brief stint in hospital in 2021, I spent weeks watching British crime dramas. I became adept at telling the red-herrings from the genuine clues, and the wrong ’uns from the unfairly accused. I didn’t care that th
The Guardian5 min lettiMusic
Sly Stone’s Greatest Songs – Ranked!
More straight-ahead funk than the albums that had made his name, High on You is nevertheless the last Sly Stone album that anyone but an obsessive might want to listen to all the way through. The best track is Crossword Puzzle – its tight groove subs
The Guardian2 min lettiMusic
Bono Says Pressure To Look ‘Macho’ Made Him Hide His Love Of Abba
Pressure to look macho led a young Bono to hide his love of Abba, the U2 singer has said. He said he lacked the courage to own up to liking the Swedish pop group at a time when his contemporaries were listening to punk, but was now able to see that h
The Guardian6 min lettiVisual Arts
‘Nobody Has Ever Been Astonished By An Apple’ – Sorry Cézanne, But Still Lifes Are Dull As Hell
High up on the wall in the first room of the Tate Modern’s blockbuster Cézanne exhibition, there was a quote from the revered postimpressionist: “With an apple, I shall astonish Paris.” To which, surely, the only response is: “OK mate. Nobody has eve
The Guardian5 min letti
The Rise Of Morgan Wallen, America’s Controversial Country Music Star
For the past six weeks, Miley Cyrus’s Flowers, the most dominant song on the Billboard charts, was decently ubiquitous, as much as one can determine song ubiquity in my particular bubble of Brooklyn. I heard it in Ubers, at the nail salon, during at
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