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Dialogues with solitudes (1 mn)

The big picture of the week, by The Observer. Chicago, 1956, by Dave Heath Dave Heath took this picture in Chicago in 1956, the year that Martin Luther King Jr first spoke at the city’s university...


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Agenda (3 mn)

On my radar Deborah Frances White Born in Australia , comedian Deborah Frances-White was adopted when she was 10 days old; her family became Jehovah’s Witnesses when she was a teenager . She left ...


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Agenda : Take back control – buy water, bin the Telegraph (5 mn)

It is very easy to sneer and criticize without offering any viable solutions yourself. And I should know. I have been doing it for the best part of three decades now myself, across a variety of med...


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Agenda : The grid (1 mn)

Costumed canines strike a pose in William Wegman’s Polaroids Since the 1970s, the American artist William Wegman has photographed his dogs in a variety of poses ; now a collection of his 20x24in P...


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Q & A Chloé Zhao Film director (5 mn)

Director Chloé Zhao: ‘These young guys are figuring out what it means to be a modern day cowboy.’ Alamy The Chinese born director on reinventing the western, the power of limitation and why Americ...


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Reportage : Once upon a time in the West Country... (20 mn)

A view of the city of Salisbury from the spire of the cathedral. Photograph by Michael Hudson/Alamy Six months on from the Skripal poisonings, and with Russian suspects now identified, Tim Adams t...


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Music : My personal was so awful I wanted to escape’ (6 mn)

‘I’ve never been white enough to be white, or brown enough to be brown’: Nadine Shah on the beach at Whitburn, South Tyneside, last month. Whether the subject is Syria, Trump or her own life, Nadi...


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Cover story : ‘I felt like I’d been given the key to a life-changing knowledge’ (15 mn)

It didn’t seem to matter that I had never played a double bass in my life – people started putting money in the hat as soon as we got there’: Mark Kermode, photographed last week for the Observer...


Q & A : ‘There’s a magic in going on stage with a band’ (6 mn)

You got the music bug very early... MK I’ve been in bands since the year dot. When I was a kid the two things I understood were films and pop music. I remember going to a record store to buy Jealou...


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Feminism : What Germaine did next (13 mn)

Germaine Greer in a photoshoot for the underground magazine Oz in 1969. Keith Morris/Redferns For nearly 50 years feminist icon and firebrand Germaine Greer has been inspiring and infuriating in e...


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Science & Tech : Ideas, analysis, gadgets and beyond (9 mn)

The next big step for the world wide web The decentralized web, or DWeb, could be a chance to take control of our data from the big tech firms and put it back into users’ hands . So how does it wo...


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Opinion : The Networker (4 mn)

What’s the biggest influence on the way we think? (Hint: Googling it won’t help) A dying art: is map-reading redundant now Google suggests the route you should take? Alamy; Reuters This is a month...


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Materials science: Q&A Mark Miodownik (6 mn)

Mark Miodownik: ‘There are so many different ways of arranging matter.’ Photograph by Antonio Olmos for the Observer The scientist and prize-winning author talks to Nicola Davis about miracle mate...


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Critics : Venice film festival (8 mn)

Big and bold, and sometimes beyond crazy Luca Guadagnino, second right, on the Venice red carpet with the stars of his ‘infuriatingly silly’ horror Suspiria: (l-r) Chloë Grace Moretz , Bradley J F...


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Critics : Film (4 mn)

Film of the week With a little help from her friends Soulmates... Forrest Goodluck, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane in The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Alamy Chloë Grace Moretz stars in Desir...


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And the rest (4 mn)

American Animals ( 117 mins, 15 ) Directed by Bart Layton ; starring Barry Keoghan, Evan Peters, Ann Dowd A heart-pounding heist movie and a bantering conversation between reallife and fiction, t...


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Critics : Film (3 mn)

Streaming In search of the elusive ‘L’ in LGBT Women tend to be short-changed in LGBT cinema but two niche networks are attempting to redress the balance Dee Rees’s Pariah (2011), with Adepero O...


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Critics : Theatre (6 mn)

Teenage trials of lives in motion ‘The muddle of adolescence’: Karla Crome in Dance Nation. Photograph by Marc Brenner Vicky Vox and the ‘nicely goofy’ Marc Antolin in Little Shop of Horrors. Pho...


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Critics : Pop (11 mn)

Artist of the week Macca’s back in the groove Paul McCartney: ‘an English bluesman’. MPL Communications By turns playful, honest and questing, Paul McCartney hitches empathy to experimentation o...


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Critics : Television (6 mn)

Sometimes mothers do know best Ordinariness rendered extraordinary... Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin as Colin and Wendy Parry in Mother’s Day. BBC Mother’s Day BBC Two Wanderlust BBC One P...


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Podcasts & radio (4 mn)

Musical chairs with Eddie and Evans Eddie Mair: ‘Less opinion, more life as it is lived’. Eddie Mair LBC The Chris Evans Breakfast Show Radio 2 “The thing about people who run radio stations is t...


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Critics : Architecture (6 mn)

A sense of repurpose ‘A rich range of surfaces and volumes’: Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art. Photograph courtesy of Assemble Two Victorian civic buildings have been given new leases of li...


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Dance : More va-va-voom? (2 mn)

‘Their control of micro muscles makes them seem almost boneless’: Pierre Rigal’s Scandale. Pierre Grosbois Pierre Rigal: Scandale Sadler’s Wells, London EC1 A French hip-hop dance show is intell...


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Critics : Art (6 mn)

One in the eye, from rump to Trump Bad Hejab, 2008 by Ramin Haerizadeh. Edward VII penny, 1903, defaced with the slogan “Votes for Women”. I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent British Mus...


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Anna Jordan (3 mn)

‘Actually, Spotify has made a huge difference to the way I write’ Anna Jordan Born in west London to actor parents, Anna Jordan trained as an actor at Lamda but later switched to writing and dire...


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Critics : Classical (5 mn)

Berlin passes the baton ‘Scorching’: Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berlin Philharmonic at the Proms. Photograph by Chris Christodoulou BBC Proms 66 & 68 Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 Paul Buny a...


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Critics : The week ahead (1 mn)

Our cultural highlights Film Crazy Rich Asians The first Hollywood film in 25 years with an all-Asian cast and director, Jon M Chu’s charming, eye-soothing romcom has proved a box-office phenomen...


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Letters (6 mn)

Sylvia’s mother and other torments Sylvia Plath with Ted Hughes in Massachusetts in May 1959. Everett Collection/Alamy A second wearying tome of Sylvia Plath’s correspondence is striking only for...


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Fiction (3 mn)

War on women in a pacifist commune This fictionalized tale of real-life sexual abuse is brave and thoughtful, Women Talking Miriam Toews Faber, £12.99 , pp240 A chilling tale of systematic subj...


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Books : Memoir (4 mn)

Dispatches from a traveller come to rest ‘A trouper keeping faith with the writing life’: Jan Morris, pictured at home in Gwynedd in 2007. Colin McPherson/ Corbis/Getty The daily musings of write...


Books : Fiction (2 mn)

A prayer for John Paul III Future Popes of Ireland Darragh Martin 4th Estate, £14.99 , pp448 Forty years separated the arrival of Pope John Paul II in Ireland, and that of his successor (with on...


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Books : Politics (6 mn)

Where the filthy rich hide their money The home of the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. Jeff J Mitchell/ Getty Images Oliver Bullough’s tale of global kleptocracy is compelling, bu...


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Books : Architecture (4 mn)

Healthy building, healthy mind? Corbusier’s Unité d’habitation, an epic block of flats in Marseille. Alamy Iain Sinclair feeds us a rich diet of shrewd insights on contemporary living, Living Wi...


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Books : Sebastian faulks, The books interview (5 mn)

‘I’m less dictatorial these days’ ‘I constantly think how I might have been had I made a different choice at some point in my life’: Sebastian Faulks. Photograph by Katherine Anne Rose for the Obs...


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Books : Fiction (6 mn)

A fitting finale that’s bolder if not wiser ‘Promiscuous intellect’: Karl Ove Knausgaard in 2012. Orjan F Ellingvag/ Corbis via Getty The Norwegian’s soul-searching comes full circle in the final...


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Books : Thrillers of the month (3 mn)

Murder in the thick of it Smogchoked 50s London is brought to life in the ‘accomplished’ Breathe. Southall, the setting for Brothers in Blood. The Life Picture Collection/Getty; Alamy A vulnerab...


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Book clinic (1 mn)

A weekly series answering readers’ questions I live in London but am about to relocate to Ireland because of Brexit. Which books could help me to understand the soul of the Irish people? Linda Jo...


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Photography Your pictures of... (1 mn)

Each Sunday we run a selection of contributions from a weekly themed photography assignment. Next theme: transparent (to appear 16 September). Share your photos of what ‘transparent’ means to you a...


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Television : The week’s highlights (14 mn)

Today Pick of the Day Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Monumental Art BBC Four, 9pm Conceptual artist Christo (the man who wrapped the Reichstag and the Pont-Neuf) is still brimming with ideas at 83. ...