• In brief: The Bass Rock; Radical Acts of Love; Letters of Note: Mothers – review
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    In brief: The Bass Rock; Radical Acts of Love; Letters of Note: Mothers – review

    In brief: The Bass Rock; Radical Acts of Love; Letters of Note: Mothers – review. The subjugation of women throughout history; how to accept death without despair; and a selection of letters about mothers

  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang review – an impressive debut
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    How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang review – an impressive debut

    How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang review – an impressive debut. The western novel is seen through fresh eyes in this tale of two orphans struggling to survive

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    Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online

    Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online. From live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon . Coronavirus and culture – a list of major cancellations. Coronavirus – latest updates. See all our coronavirus coverage

  • My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell review – grooming as a teen love story
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    My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell review – grooming as a teen love story

    My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell review – grooming as a teen love storyThis debut novel about a girl’s relationship with her teacher is compulsively readable

  • L'École des femmes review – MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy
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    L'École des femmes review – MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy

    L'École des femmes review – MeToo times add bite to Molière comedy. Available online A controlling fool in love comes across more like a sexual predator in this engagingly perceptive Stéphane Braunschweig production for France’s Théâtre de l’Odéon

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    A room with a review: critics on the art of home working

    A room with a review: critics on the art of home working. For those who write about culture for a living, working from home is a way of life. Pre-lockdown, the Observer’s film, art, dance, architecture and theatre critics discussed their jobs The experts’ experts - our writers on their most-trusted sources

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    Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell review – tragic tale of the Latin tutor’s son

    Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell review – tragic tale of the Latin tutor’s sonA fictionalised account of the short life of Shakepeare’s son, Hamnet, is a work of profound understanding

  • On my radar: Lennie James’s cultural highlights
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    On my radar: Lennie James’s cultural highlights

    On my radar: Lennie James’s cultural highlightsThe actor and writer on Muhammad Ali, Uncut Gems and why Desert Island Discs is an essential for a Brit in the US

  • The young woman and the sea: Lamorna Ash's adventures on a Cornish trawler
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    The young woman and the sea: Lamorna Ash's adventures on a Cornish trawler

    The young woman and the sea: Lamorna Ash's adventures on a Cornish trawler. For her debut book Dark, Salt, Clear, the young writer immersed herself in a Cornish fishing community, a life-changing experience that led to one of spring’s most hotly anticipated titles

  • 'You've bollixed up my book': letter reveals Hemingway's fury at being censored
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    'You've bollixed up my book': letter reveals Hemingway's fury at being censored

    'You've bollixed up my book': letter reveals Hemingway's fury at being censored. The author threatened to ditch his British publisher, and likened him to a vicar, after his ‘Anglo-Saxon’ expressions were cleaned up

  • Simone Lia on being ready for the unknown enemy
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    Simone Lia on being ready for the unknown enemy

    Simone Lia on being ready for the unknown enemy

  • Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism by Nick Timothy – review
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    Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism by Nick Timothy – review

    Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism by Nick Timothy – reviewTheresa May’s former svengali offers a thought-provoking challenge to conventional rightwing thinking

  • Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics' lives
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    Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics' lives

    Inspiring culture: 50 works that changed our critics' livesThe Observer’s reviewers select the shows, recordings, films, buildings and paintings that have shaped their love of the arts Culture special: Rachel Cooke on criticism in 2020

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    The experts’ experts: Observer critics on the cultural voices they trust

    The experts’ experts: Observer critics on the cultural voices they trustThe best new writers, the indispensable books, the go-to websites… our arts writers reveal their sources of insight

  • David Geffen Takes Instagram Private After Tone-Deaf Post About Self-Isolating on His Yacht
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    David Geffen Takes Instagram Private After Tone-Deaf Post About Self-Isolating on His Yacht

    David Geffen shared with his 87,000 Instagram followers his escape to the Grenadines on his reported $590 million yacht to avoid the coronavirus pandemic — posts that created enough backlash among shocked onlookers that he has made his account private.Though the philanthropist and entertainment mogul regularly shares photos of his yacht, Rising Sun, on his social media accounts, many found Saturday’s posts particularly tone-deaf, as Americans are struggling with unemployment, healthcare workers are begging for support and small businesses are faced with the possibility of shutting down as they may face months of no customers and revenue.One of the captions included, “Sunset last night…isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”Also Read: How Hollywood Benefits From $2 Trillion Stimulus PackageShortly after, several Twitter users expressed their discontent with the magnate’s photos, with some questioning why he wouldn’t offer to use his 138-meter yacht to help house patients.Thanks, David Geffen, for your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/5XTRhGX5OP— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 28, 2020David Geffen’s thought process: "Hey you know what, millions are losing their jobs, can’t pay their rent and they’re worried about a deadly pandemic, I bet they’d love to know how I’m doing. Fire up the copter so we can take some more pics of my yacht! They’ll love this!!!" ???? pic.twitter.com/yby7xOjb8C— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 28, 2020Vis a vis David Geffen…Here's a good rule: if you post a picture of your yacht during this time, you have to announce charitable contributions that equal or exceed the value of said yacht in the same post. Also if Congress could vote remote they could pass this into law.— Todd Schulte (@TheToddSchulte) March 28, 2020Also Read: Google Nixes Traditional April Fool's Day Pranks 'Out of Respect' for Coronavirus PatientsGeffen, who co-founded DreamWorks and Asylum Records, has an estimated net worth of $7.7 billion, according to Forbes.The yacht in question was a reported $590 million purchase that Geffen made from Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, that has become a party spot for Hollywood’s rich and famous.A publicist for Geffen could not immediately be reached by TheWrap for comment.Read original story David Geffen Takes Instagram Private After Tone-Deaf Post About Self-Isolating on His Yacht At TheWrap

  • Rachel Cooke on criticism: ‘What is the point of a critic if not to tell the truth?’
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    Rachel Cooke on criticism: ‘What is the point of a critic if not to tell the truth?’

    Rachel Cooke on criticism: ‘What is the point of a critic if not to tell the truth?’In this age of pile-ons and ‘cancellations’, complacency and cliques, how does a critic stay free-thinking and engaged? Our reviewer pauses for thought...

  • Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response
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    Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

    In his version of “Jaws,” where the threat isn’t a shark but rather the coronavirus and the deadly illness it causes, Jim Carrey has already figured out who’d make the perfect Mayor Larry Vaughn.In Carrey’s latest political cartoon, shared on Thursday, President Donald Trump is depicted wearing the seersucker suit of the “Jaws” mayor and asking two beachgoers, “Why aren’t you going in the water?!” as a bloody limb can be seen on the sandy shore.“Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record,” Carrey wrote. “He has fully become the mayor from Jaws.”Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record. He has fully become the mayor from Jaws. pic.twitter.com/ZggJClEaXG— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 27, 2020In the film, Mayor Larry Vaughn of Amity Island (played by Murray Hamilton) refuses to comply with local officials, who request that he close the beaches after a young woman is killed by a shark. Instead, the mayor says he wants to keep the beaches open — especially on the Fourth of July — for the sake of the economy.Also Read: Jim Carrey Resumes Anti-Trump Cartoons, With POTUS Asleep During Coronavirus Pandemic“We will be open for business. It’s going to be one of the best summers we’ve had,” the mayor says in the film.Trump, meanwhile, has said that he wants to reopen America’s businesses by Easter despite cautioning from health care officials that social distancing and self-quarantining protocols should still be in place to help stop the spread of the virus.Read original story Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response At TheWrap

  • Craig Brown: 'It's difficult to spoof boring people'
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    Craig Brown: 'It's difficult to spoof boring people'

    Craig Brown: 'It's difficult to spoof boring people'The longstanding Private Eye satirist on getting under Alan Sugar’s skin, why Iain Duncan Smith can’t be parodied, and his new book about the Beatles

  • Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdown
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    Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdown

    Guardian to stream Hampstead theatre shows during shutdownAcclaimed productions will be available to watch on Guardian site as coronavirus outbreak continues * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage

  • Cancelled culture: at-home substitutes for major theatre, art and music events
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    Cancelled culture: at-home substitutes for major theatre, art and music events

    Cancelled culture: at-home substitutes for major theatre, art and music events. The Observer’s critics offer creative alternatives to major forthcoming gigs, concerts, shows and exhibitions that have been postponed or called off

  • Howard Jacobson: 'I am a social distancer by instinct'
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    Howard Jacobson: 'I am a social distancer by instinct'

    Howard Jacobson: 'I am a social distancer by instinct'The novelist was in Tenerife when news of Covid-19 hit. He reflects on a month of uncertainty and the search for hand sanitiser

  • Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels
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    Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels

    Children’s books roundup – the best new picture books and novels. In difficult times, a mysterious robot, a ‘Green Book’ campervan tour, hard lessons in survival, an accidental detective and more

  • Readers, it is time to embrace each other ... online
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    Readers, it is time to embrace each other ... online

    Readers, it is time to embrace each other ... onlineFrom cyber bookclubs to virtual launch parties, there are ways to keep writing vital

  • Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction
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    Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction

    Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fictionAuthor’s daughter explains 1947’s book’s renewed appeal during coronavirus lockdown * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverage

  • 'Stressed, sick and skint': how coronavirus is hitting arts workers
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    'Stressed, sick and skint': how coronavirus is hitting arts workers

    'Stressed, sick and skint': how coronavirus is hitting arts workers. We asked arts workers for their stories of how the lockdown is affecting their livelihoods. Here are their responses