Brian Eno: ‘Donald Trump is a complete disaster’

Eno takes to Facebook to clarify his position after US rightwingers interpreted his Guardian interview as supportive of the new president Brian Eno has inisisted that Donald Trump is a complete disaster. The legendary musician/producer/thinker/renaissance man took to Facebook in the wake of

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Sound art: album covers by Ai Weiwei, Ed Ruscha and more in pictures

Musicians from Kanye West to Sigur Ros have employed A-list artists to design their album sleeves flick through some of the best Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/jan/20/sound-art-album-artist-record-covers-taschen-ai-weiwei-ed-ruscha-keith-haring-takashi-murakami

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Words for solace and strength: poems to counter the election fallout and beyond

What poets can help us get through a Trump administration? Here are five that serve as signals that good exists, and that someone is awake and listening Audre Lorde once wrote that poetry is not a luxury, and right now it is a necessity. What kind of poetry can get us through a Donald Trump presidency? Well need satire and spitting vitriol. Well need rallying cries. Well need reminders of human dignity. Each poet here has struggled with the relationship between poetry and action, with the question of poetrys relevance in a time of crisis. Adrienne Rich said: A poem…

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them review JK Rowling goes steampunk

The latest film from Harry Potter author Rowlings wizarding world is a wonderfully enjoyable adventure featuring Eddie Redmayne as a magizoologist who stumbles into a dark magic adventure in New York Weve never needed cheering up more; though on the strictly escapist level, this film is maybe compromised by making one of its characters an obnoxious rich New York chump, a charmless lump, or do I mean grump, reliant on his fathers money and nursing political ambitions. Hes been mentioned as a future president, says someone. Surely not… That entertainment enchanter JK Rowling has come storming back to the world…

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Leonard Cohen obituary

Canadian singer, songwriter, novelist and poet revered for works including the song Hallelujah It is a remarkable testament to the scope of popular music that Leonard Cohen could ever have been filed under the headings of rock or pop. A poet and novelist as well as a songwriter, Cohen, who has Talking about his musical legacy, Leonard Cohen jokes about his health Early in his career, his novel Beautiful Losers (1966) caused the Boston Globe to declare that James Joyce is not dead. He is living in Montreal under the name of Cohen. Yet Cohen was determined to establish himself…

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Zadie Smith: the smart and spiky recorder of a London state of mind

The novelist has a new book, Swing Time, and a forthcoming BBC version of her acclaimed NW There is a scene in the BBCs adaptation of Zadie Smiths acclaimed novel NW in which a character listens as her old school friend holds court in her tastefully decorated north-west London home. The talk is of children and schools and house prices, and in that moment the gulf between the two is seemingly laid bare, one listening in disbelief at how far the other has travelled from the council estate they once called home. Yet behind that confident facade, the other woman…

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The Chainsmokers on feuding with Mark Ronson and writing 2016s biggest hit

After a disastrous start on American Idol and pastings from Deadmau5, the US dance duo have had the last laugh with Closers chart success In 2014, American Idol hosted a performance by the Chainsmokers, a duo who had appeared, apparently from nowhere, with a preposterous, internationally successful novelty dance hit called American Idol, get in our selfie! The camera angle was unforgiving: at that moment the duo were being watched by precisely five members of the studio audience. Everybody else was still staring at the judges. DeadMau5 on Twitter), but one of the more even-handed responses came from DJ Laidback…

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Tuck Everlasting author Natalie Babbitt dies at 84

The award-winning author and illustrator, who was suffering from lung cancer, is remembered as a remarkable woman The author of the beloved childrens novel Tuck Everlasting has died in the United States after battling lung cancer. Natalie Babbitt was 84 years old. Babbitt was an author and illustrator. Her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt, said she died at home in Hamden, Connecticut, on Monday. He said she had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He described her as a remarkable and loving and wonderful woman who left her mark in the world with her writing. Babbitt wrote and illustrated dozens of…

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses review Janet McTeer brings fire and ice to Broadway

The tale of love and revenge takes an intellectually provocative approach to the 1782 French novel but doesnt always serve the rather more salacious script When the poet Charles Baudelaire read Les Liaisons Dangereuses, he wrote that Pierre Choderlos de Laclos 1782 novel burns as only ice can burn. The fire is rather more lukewarm in Josie Rourkes revival of Christopher Hamptons adaptation, which

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