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In 1997 I was in South Africa working on Truth and Lies, my book about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, when the New York Times Magazine said that they were doing a major...
Vampire romance is a genre which has a mysterious tendency. Every time it migrates from one art form (say novel) to another (say film) it loses some of its darkness and acquires a...
The cumulative effect of the BBC's Cold War season hasn't been to remind us that truth is stranger than fiction, so much as to demonstrate how they swirled together into a miasma...
This might be the best smartphone first-person shooter (FPS) yet. It's a tricky genre to get right on a touchscreen. Above all the usual FPS considerations of 3D framerate,...
It took two minutes for Jonathan Wilson to launch into the first of the evening’s extended guitar solos. “Love Strong” began like much of his two-hours-ten-minutes on stage. The...
Allen Ginsberg was once approached by two young acolytes eager to discuss literature. The bearded eminence of the Beats was the soul of generosity, giving up no small allowance of...
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The maverick musicals-maker, warts and all
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Few answers from America’s one-man embodiment of the early Seventies
After decades in obscurity, the enigmatic California folkie makes her first ever European performance
Unpleasant R&B insight into a drearily atavistic masculine psyche
Classical violinist's seasonal crossover disc isn't without its pleasures
Cultured strings kicked into fuller life by mercurial Russian pianist
Modernism triumphant at Britain's foremost new-music festival
Passing musical pleasures can't redeem a bloody betrayal of Wagner's holier intentions
Introducing a series of video conversations with some of the world's great Wagnerians
Distinguished broadcaster and documentary-maker celebrates the big birthday at home
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There's snap in the Christmas cracker yet
Russia's infamous ballet acid trial ends, and everyone is brought low
John Cranko's Shakespearean ballet-comedy falls flat these days
The rise of the managerial class is killing off mainstream BBC television comedy
Impassioned parody lecture about the poverty industry makes you laugh and think
Welcome return to stand-up after six years