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How to be a pundit

From Oliver Burkeman’s interview with David Brooks, Obama’s favourite conservative and occupant of one of the uppermost perches at New York Times: Thus Brooks mounted the treadmill of finding two opinions per week to air in the nation’s most influential … Continue reading

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Frankly

One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. (For more on that famous artefact, see Gay Talese.) I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

Courtesy of @brian_bilston. Then they came for Katie Hopkins, and I did not speak out – I merely showed them where she was hiding. Bad taste, yes, but I know how he feels…

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Facing the end

Oliver Sacks, eloquent and clear-sighted as ever, on learning that he has terminal  cancer: Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a … Continue reading

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An audience with Don McLean

Fans listening to him sing “American Pie” in a BBC studio, 1972. From the nostalgic end credits of tonight’s edition of Newsnight. (The full performance is here.)

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Shouting

Thanks to the success of “Whiplash” Buddy Rich’s name is suddenly back in circulation again. Which means that his dementedly profane band bus stream-of-consciousness may find a whole new audience too. (NSFW, obviously.) Actually, I didn’t know that “Seinfeld” borrowed a couple … Continue reading

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Screaming

Grigor Dimitrov in his match against Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Part of a Wall Street Journal slideshow of photos from the tournament enhanced with a digital filter. Pic: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

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Karl dearest

If you ever think your life lacks purpose, bear in mind that, somewhere out there, someone has the job of being Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite male model. Irina Aleksander’s glimpse of the caviar set, relayed in quiet but lethal prose,  has the … Continue reading

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Dog cartoon of the week

And quite possibly the year… From The New York Times.  

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Screening history

Can we trust film directors to tell the truth about the past?  If “Belle” and “The Imitation Game” are any guide, the answer has to be no.  And now along comes “Selma”. In The New York Review of Books Elizabeth Drew … Continue reading

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