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‘Consigning his voters to sickness’: Trump fuels culture war over masks | US news

Nancy Allen, 73, wears a face mask in the chicken coop at her farm but not when she goes to church. “There’s been so much change in what we should do and what we should not do,” explains the Donald Trump supporter from Shelby, North Carolina. “I don’t think that I should be told that […]

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David Bowie’s classic Glastonbury 2000 set – follow it live! | Music

The more I watch this, the more I find myself thinking this must be the same year that Nine Inch Nails played Glastonbury. I remember being distraught when after all of maybe two songs, one of which was (to borrow a phrase from the Bowie coverage) a magnificently sleazy ‘Reptile’, the TV footage cut away […]

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Toronto’s cultural institutions are getting creative to survive. Will some changes be here to stay?

With most of the city staying home, Toronto’s arts and culture institutions are using their creativity to resurrect cancelled events and reimagine their roles. And in some ways, things can be better than before, including changes that could outlast the pandemic and its aftermath. Hot Docs is showcasing most of its films online while keeping […]

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Lady Gaga transforms into an intergalactic punk in video for new single ‘Stupid Love’

Lady Gaga has unveiled the first single from her forthcoming fifth album, and an accompanying video in which she transforms into an intergalactic punk warrior. “Stupid Love” is a disco-inspired pop track that brings to mind Gaga’s earlier, more electronic work. Its video sees the Oscar winner dressed in a hot-pink, space-age ensemble, as she […]

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J’accuse! The Case for Pre-modernism, or, the Rural-urban Divide

Emile Zola’s now world-famous letter to the President of the French Republic, dated 13 January 1898, “J’Accuse!” (complete text of the letter in English translation here), set the stage for correcting a grave miscarriage of justice carried out by the French military and the secular French state against an innocent Jewish military officer, Alfred Dreyfus.  […]

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The Eighth Life (for Brilka) by Nino Haratischvili review – a landmark epic | Books

John Steinbeck wrote in A Russian Journal (1948) that wherever he went in Russia, “the magical name of Georgia came up constantly”. This southern land in the Caucasus, with its Black Sea coast and vineyards, was spoken of “as a kind of second heaven”. Yet used as a chapter epigraph towards the end of Nino […]

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ET: The Extra Terrestrial ‘sequel’ reunites the beloved Steven Spielberg alien with Henry Thomas

An unexpected sequel to ET: The Extra-Terrestrial has been released online, and it reunites the alien with Elliott, the co-lead character in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film. Comcast Xfinity assembled the pair for a new advertisement in which ET returns to Earth to reconnect with Elliott (Henry Thomas), who is now married with two children. Naturally, a confused […]

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