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Varúð from Valtari by Sigur Rós

Saturday, 11 August, 2012

The Icelandic band Sigur Rós gave a dozen film makers the same budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their heads when they listen to songs from the band’s new album Valtari. Among the filmmakers were Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har’el and John Cameron Mitchell. In there, too, was Ryan McGinley and for the […]

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Better a horrible end than horror without end

Friday, 10 August, 2012
Better a horrible end than horror without end

There’s a German saying, Lieber ein Ende mit Schrecken als ein Schrecken ohne Ende (“Better a horrible end than horror without end”), that’s storming up the local charts and the current Economist cover brilliantly expresses the mood behind its popularity. Then there’s the Merkel memorandum.

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The Guardian tries its hand at Syrian satire

Thursday, 9 August, 2012

It’s been a while since Rainy Day has read Seamus Milne, the Guardian-based apologist for everything from jihad to communism. This week, he tried his hand at satire by laying the blame for the Syrian slaughter firmly at the doorstep of the West. In doing so, he pushed all the buttons beloved of the left: […]

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Country noir

Wednesday, 8 August, 2012
Country noir

“Then this instrument, a clarinet I thought, started to be played out there in the night. I could hear it clear but that music had traveled to reach me. It seemed to be from atop the ridge above the holler. The song was kind of ragtime tune, sort of jaunty and limber. The cats took […]

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Alberto Salazar and the art of exhaustion

Tuesday, 7 August, 2012

On Saturday night in London, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp disrupted the African hegemony of long-distance running events by winning gold and sliver in the 10,000 metres race. How did they manage it? In essence, Farah moved to Oregon last year to train with Rupp under the guidance of Alberto Salazar. In the current issue […]

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Curiosity tweets a huge step for mankind

Monday, 6 August, 2012

At 1.32 EST, the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, tweeted: “I’m safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL”. Congratulations, NASA.

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At home with Gore Vidal at La Rondinaia

Sunday, 5 August, 2012
At home with Gore Vidal at La Rondinaia

In the early 1960s, the imperious and enormously talented Gore Vidal absconded to Italy. In 2003, he sold his 460 m² villa, La Rondinaia (The Swallow’s Nest), on the Amalfi Coast, and returned to Los Angeles, but before he did, the Rainy Day team visited his exquisite eyrie.

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Bob Dylan and those Early Roman Kings

Saturday, 4 August, 2012

Word on the street is that two songs from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming Tempest album will feature in the score of the new Cinemax series Strike Back. The song Early Roman Kings is classic Muddy Waters blues, with a lot of accordion atmosphere provided by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. The show will also use the […]

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The coprolalia, copropraxia and coprographia of Twitter

Friday, 3 August, 2012

“Personally, I would prefer if, instead of pursuing individual tweeters, the police arrested Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, and closed his network down. Actually, i wish they wud burn the Twitter founder in oil leave his carcass out for the buzzards. Seriously.” It is the duty of the columnist to provoke and John Waters, […]

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City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

Thursday, 2 August, 2012
City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age

It is August after all, so it’s not too early to be thinking about things like the-book-of-the-year awards. Top of the list right now is City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age by PD Smith. The scope is vast and the writing is superb. Snippets: “Like so many aspects of urban life, infrastructure is not […]

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Gore Vidal: 1925 — 2012

Wednesday, 1 August, 2012
Gore Vidal: 1925 — 2012

Among the celebrated works of the late Gore Vidal, wit, essayist, playwright, historian, author, provocateur, gay icon, conspiracy theorist, would-be-senator and former resident of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast, was Lincoln: A Novel. On the back of this, back in 2005, Vanity Fair asked him to assess C. A. Tripp’s much-discussed, hotly-disputed The Intimate World […]

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