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Joan Baez’s “Fare Thee Well” tour

The folk queen is on the road one last time, or so she says. Her voice may be darker than it once was, but that actually is no bad thing – the lengthening shadows give the lyrics extra resonance.  The … Continue reading

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Re-imagining the Underground Railroad

The PR machine says it’s a modern masterpiece. I don’t think so. From my review in today’s Times: Who needs literary critics when you have Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey on your side? Colson Whitehead’s tale of fugitives from slavery … Continue reading

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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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