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David Byrne: “We did okay”

David Byrne: “We did okay”

Mr. Byrne, do you write songs differently now than you did 30 years ago? I couldn’t write the same kind of songs now that I wrote then. I am not…

The secret libraries of history

The secret libraries of history

Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, during the siege of Darayya,…

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges

Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius – Jorge Luis Borges

I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. The mirror troubled the depths of a corridor in a country house on Gaona Street…

Paris exhibition to celebrate life and work of Oscar Wilde

Paris exhibition to celebrate life and work of Oscar Wilde

Manuscripts, photographs, paintings and personal items among the displays in honour of playwright who died in city. Paris will hold its first major exhibition on the life and work of…

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

Why Mulholland Drive is the greatest film since 2000

Cinema in the early years of the 21st Century has experienced something of an existential crisis. Terms such as ‘TV-like’ or ‘television-esque’ were once intended as insults; now, in a…

Saving America’s most architecturally stunning homes

Saving America’s most architecturally stunning homes

On 21 February, the George Sturges house in Brentwood, California, was put on the block at Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). It is the only example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s…

Why Revolver is the greatest Beatles album?

Why Revolver is the greatest Beatles album?

The Beatles’ Revolver was released on 5 August 1966. As the album turns 50,Greg Kot argues that it is the Fab Four’s crowning achievement. The best Beatles album? The rock…

‘Song portraits’: What does music by Radiohead, Stevie Wonder & David Bowie look like?

‘Song portraits’: What does music by Radiohead, Stevie Wonder & David Bowie look like?

Synesthesia is a fascinating condition experienced by 2% to 4% of the population, wherein a stimulus of one sense (taste, say) is processed and perceived within the framework of another…

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