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The extraordinary life of Ethiopia's 93-year-old singing nun - The Guardian
She sang for Haile Selassie but later retreated from the world, living barefoot in a hilltop monastery, perfecting her bluesy, freewheeling sound. Kate Molleson on The Honky Tonk Nun, her documentary about Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
theguardian  music  musician  emahoytseguemaryamguebrou  ethiopia  ethiopianmusic  africamusic  africa 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Desert discs: how mobile phones are at the root of Saharan music -The Guardian
Christopher Kirkley went to Mali to make field recordings, but returned with a mixtape of music taken from Saharan Sim cards
christopherkirkley  mali  music  musicfromsaharancellphones  theguardian  africa 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
William Giraldi on life as a bookish bodybuilder: 'It's a poisoned way to be a man' | Books | The Guardian
As a teenager, William Giraldi would pump himself full of steroids, hit the gym ... and secretly read Keats. His new memoir examines the absurdities of modern masculinity and envisages a better world in which his sons don’t get caught in its toxic grip
masculinity  williamgiraldi  reading  literature  theguardian 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
California Schemin' - The Guardian
Your dreams of rapping superstardom are stymied by your Scottish sound, so what do you do? Simple: reinvent yourself as a West Coast wild boy, with American accent and history to match. But, Gavin Bain tells Decca Aitkenhead, keeping it up for two years is murder
hiphop  gavinbain  theguardian 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Zadie Smith on the Genius of Graham Greene - The Guardian
Graham Greene, whose centenary is next month, was a more ethically complex novelist than is usually remembered, argues Zadie Smith. The Quiet American, his love story set in the chaos of 1950s Vietnam, shows him to be the greatest journalist there ever was
grahamgreene  literature  literarycriticism  zadiesmith  writers  writing  authors  thequietamerican  theguardian  books 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Alec Soth: America's most immaculate, intriguing photographer | Art and design | The Guardian
Whether he’s shooting Johnny Cash’s desolate boyhood home, nude newlyweds in Niagara or preacher men in prison, Soth’s images are the most sure-footed fine-art photography of his generation. Now, his first UK retrospective captures the beauty of a true American original
alecsoth  photography  theguardian  art 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy | Moira Weigel | US news | The Guardian
For 25 years, invoking this vague and ever-shifting nemesis has been a favourite tactic of the right – and Donald Trump’s victory is its greatest triumph
pcculture  politicalcorrectness  conservatism  politics  highereducation  education  think  tanks  universities  theguardian  america  trump  donaldtrump 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Boredom is not a problem to be solved. It's the last privilege of a free mind
Lean in to boredom, not your smart phone screen. You’ll learn more about yourself and the world around you than you think
boredom  theguardian  creativity  technology 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
California Dreaming: The Homes Where the Spirit of the 60s Lives ON
Nobody ever thought of leaving here unless they were carried out’: why many of the original residents of these elegant Marin County homes still live there
archtiecture  california  homes  theguardian  marincounty  josepheichler  midcentury 
february 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Who invented the piano? Google doodle marks Bartolomeo Cristofori's 360th birthd...
Cristofori’s entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica notes that little is known of his life and that his invention was not well known in his lifetime
theguardian  bartolomeocristofori  music  piano  history 
january 2016 by brendanmcfadden
Ann Rule's true crime books: what made them so compelling?
She may not have been the best writer, or the sharpest assessor of psychology. But she had a gift for tapping into our collective obsession with crime
books  literature  truecrime  annrule  theguardian 
august 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Dropping in on the 'Door to Hell'
Forty years ago, a vast molten cavity known as the Darvaza crater – nicknamed the "door to hell" – opened up in the desert of north Turkmenistan, and has been burning ever since. Now, Canadian explorer George Kourounis has become the first to make the descent into the fiery pit to look for signs of life
turkmenistan  doortohell  theguardian  science  geology 
april 2015 by brendanmcfadden
'Am I Being Catfished?' An Author Confronts Her Number One Online Critic
When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in
author  authors  essay  psychology  writers  writing  criticism  internet  socialmedia  technology  blogs  theguardian  kathleenhale 
october 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Dwarves of Auschwitz
The story of a family of dwarves snatched from the gas chamber by Josef Mengele himself sounded incredible. But how to verify the testimony of Holocaust survivors? And should you even try?
auschwitz  worldwarII  holocaust  theguardian  war 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Penge Mystery: The Murder of Harriet Staunton
In 1877, Harriet Staunton's husband and three others were accused of starving her to death and lurid newspaper reports of the Penge murder trial held the nation's rapt attention. A bestselling novel about the affair – written in 1934 and now republished – proves as gripping today
books  writing  theguardian  murder  victorians  history  crime 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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