In the Critics this week

Hari Kunzru on the American new left in the 1970s, Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Irish banditry in South Af

Hari Kunzru reviews an insider's account of the 1970s left wing Weatherman movement in America, whilst Jonathan Derbyshire talks to the anti new media figurehead Evgeny Morozov in "The Books Interview".

Amanda Craig admires a very frank baby boomer memoir from Jane Shilling. Geoffrey Wheatcroft is intrigued by a fascinating account of Irish banditry in nineteenth century South Africa.

Leo Robson finds a history of the Victorian fascination with murder offers more to researchers than readers. Sarah Churchwell is not overly impressed by Jay Parini's imagined life of Herman Melville.

Our Critic at Large this week, Alex Danchev, looks at the legacy of artists' manifestos in the 20th century. Ryan Gilbey is simultaneously enraptured by the cerebral violence of Peter Mullan's latest film Neds and dismayed by the mindlessness of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

Rachel Cooke enjoys BBC4's Hattie, a biopic of the actress Hattie Jacques, whilst Alice O'Keeffe thinks Gilbert and George might have broken one taboo too many in their new exhibition of postcards at the White Cube.

Antonia Quirke is moved by a Radio 4 documentary on going to the cinema, and Will Self rounds up this week's section with a not entirely flattering review of Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

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SRSLY #94: Liam Payne / Kimmy Schmidt / Mulholland Drive

On the pop culture podcast this week: the debut solo single from Liam Payne, the Netflix series The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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The Links

Liam Payne

The lyrics. Oh God, the lyrics.

The interview that Caroline mentioned, feat. Ed Sheeran anecdote.

Liam on the trending chart.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show on Netflix.

Why the show needs to end.

The GOAT, Emily Nussbaum, on the show.

Mulholland Drive

Lynch's ten clues to unlocking the film.

Everything you were afraid to ask about Mulholland Drive.

Vanity Fair goes inside the making of the film.

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We are watching Loaded.

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