Whether your hero wears spandex or cat ears, inspirational pop culture figures can help deal with real life difficulties.
Damon Albarn's wonder.land and Tree of Codes, with music by Jamie xx, open this year's festival.
“The exercise of making radio matters,” said a caller. “It’s a symbol of resistance.”
Is it a legitimate left-liberal position not to want any more cuts, yet still to feel that some people take the piss? Or does that make me Andy Burnham?
Once again, history has conspired against the Palestinians – but as these books show, they cannot be wished away.
Saladin decapitated prisoners as ruthlessly as Isis does now - and Genghis Khan was brutal from childhood. But what can we learn from these men?
Grigson's recipes still have the power to surprise – God knows what readers in 1971 made of sushi with sweet beans – and her enthusiasm for her subject is utterly infectious.
After years of experimental exchanges with writer friends, she now drafts whole novels in weeks.
Her self-portraits have never felt so relevant.
Newspaper proprietors find it relatively easy to opt out of public life but Desmond is a salesman to the core.
The Unravelling isn’t really the story of the US occupation of Iraq; it is about how one intelligent woman realised what was going on, and yet slipped into a Stockholm syndrome relationship with the people she worked with.
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