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The Unexpectedly Moving Story of U-God, the Least-Loved Member of the Wu-Tang Clan

Most fans of the Wu-Tang Clan have a favorite member. You can make a strong case for at least two-thirds of the nonet: GZA has the old-fashioned flow and the foreboding intellect; Method Man oozes cunning and charisma; the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard was pure funk, like the human embodiment of a James …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How Nell Scovell survived male-dominated TV writers' rooms

After working on everything from The Simpsons to Charmed, she discusses casting couches, bigotry and bullying in her new book<p>Nell Scovell has a lot to teach the next generation of TV writers: how to break the ice on a new set by cracking your dirtiest joke, how writing the episode of The Simpsons …

Comedy

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

“Men have to toughen up,” Jordan B. Peterson writes in <i>12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos</i>, “Men demand it, and women want it.” So, the first rule …

Pseudo-science

Bob Dylan's controversial born-again phase explored in new film

Trouble No More combines concert footage with specially commissioned sermons<p>The acute and sometimes obtuse angles of Bob Dylan’s career have teased and infuriated his public for more than half a century. But nothing – not the bizarre Christmas album, his no-show at the Nobel ceremony or allowing …

New York State
World History

Raw: My Journey Into the Wu-Tang review – poignant, insightful memoir

The first memoir out of the ranks of the Wu-Tang Clan – a sprawling hip-hop organisation who lit up the 90s with their martial arts-themed works – is not that of their mastermind, RZA. It is not by Raekwon or Method Man, two of its bigger personalities. It is by U-God – a core, if minor, member of …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Michio Kaku picks five books to help you understand the future

From medicine to space travel, these works explore how the newest wave of science will transform society<p>Science is the engine of prosperity. From the industrial revolution (powered by the steam engine), to the electric revolution (which lit up our cities), to the current computer revolution (which …

Singularity

How many murders can a police informer get away with?

Last year Northern Irish paramilitary Gary Haggarty pleaded guilty to hundreds of violent crimes, including many killings – while working for the British state. By Ian Cobain<p>One day earlier this year, two prison officers led a portly, middle-aged man into court and instructed him to sit in the …

Crime

10 essential yoga poses for beginners

For some reason, in the last decade, yoga – in all its bizarre forms (hot, cold, with beer and even, goats) – has become a go-to workout for fitness fanatics. It has transformed from being a workout you might do once a week wearing slouchy tracksuit bottoms to an exemplary physical and spiritual …

Steven Pinker recommends books to make you an optimist

There’s hope for the environment, human progress is dazzling – and the world, according to PG Wodehouse, is beautiful<p>The big prizes go to books on war, terror, cancer and extinction, feeding our morbid curiosity about the gruesome ways in which things can go wrong. But there is an underappreciated …

Books

In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like

On a Thursday afternoon in November 2015, a light snow was falling outside the windows of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, despite the relatively …

Christopher Steele is a hero – and Americans owe him their thanks

Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose claims about Donald Trump’s ties with Russia hold center stage in Washington right now, drives Republicans crazy. They have recommended that the Department of Justice open a criminal investigation into his work. They released a formerly classified …

Donald Trump

The Quorn revolution: the rise of ultra-processed fake meat

It was reported last week that Quorn is on course to become a billion-dollar business. It is part of a booming industry of meat alternatives – but many of these products are a far cry from the idea of a natural, plant-based diet<p>What exactly is Quorn? I have been asked that question regularly for …

Agriculture

Lucinda Williams' memoir will target 'unfriendly record industry'

The US songwriter’s life story, due for publication in 2020, will also detail her childhood in the deep south<p>Songwriter Lucinda Williams is to publish a memoir in 2020, detailing her childhood in the American south and her experiences “navigating an unfriendly recording industry”, the New York …

Lucinda Williams

Tasting Buenos Aires: food tours, street art and tango – a local’s guide to the city

With budget airline Norwegian launching direct flights to Buenos Aires this week, local experts show our writer around their city, and also chip in with a few tips of their own<p>Share your tips on the city in the comments below<p>Tasting Buenos Aires<p>I’m not usually one for guided tours, but with …

Argentina

It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?<p>As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that the same diet also feeds our brains, …

Nutrition

How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally<p>Maybe it’s the Viking heritage. There is an icy open-air pool in the waters of Copenhagen’s harbour, and …

Bike Lanes
Rap & Hip-Hop

Here's why "late-term abortion" is such a dangerous term that everyone should stop using

The conversation about abortion is rife with junk science and misnomers used by anti-choice activists to block women from exercising their legal …

8 tips on how to bulk up for 2018, from a Mr Olympia finalist

The obsession with dieting in health and fitness ignores the fact that for some people, putting on the pounds can be more difficult than losing them. A former plumber turned model, turned bodybuilder, Ryan Terry is having that exact problem.<p>After years of eating awe-inspiringly healthy, Terry is …

The seven apps every woman should own

Tech hasn’t always been female-friendly – but a new wave of apps is changing that. From contraception to workouts, here are the ones Guardian writers swear by<p>Back in 2014, Apple released HealthKit, an app that let people keep track of a vast array of health and fitness data – everything from blood …

Feminism

Here’s What to Snack on If You’re Trying to Slim Down, According to a Nutritionist

These five bites are nutritious, filling, and low-cal enough to support your weight-loss goals.<p>Tired of eating almonds and Greek yogurt (over and …

Food

7 Days of Joe Wicks's #Leanin15 Meals to Try This Week

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach and the creator of those #Leanin15 <i>meals</i>, is everyone's go-to guy for eating well and getting fit easily. And we need …

A desire for vengeance is human but checks the pursuit of proper justice

In sentencing Larry Nassar, the doctor who abused US gymnasts, the judge crossed an ethical line<p>Two court cases last week, on either side of the Atlantic, helped illuminate the tensions in our thinking about justice. The first was the harrowing trial of Larry Nassar, the American doctor who, over …

USA Gymnastics
Crime
Sri Lanka

Does Glenn Greenwald Know More Than Robert Mueller?

<b>It’s 10:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro time.</b> Glenn Greenwald and I are finishing dinner at a deserted bistro in Ipanema. The restaurant, which serves its …

Banning people like Jordan Peterson from causing offence – that’s the road to dystopia

Cathy Newman’s debate on Channel 4 with the cultural critic exemplifies free speech and citizen engagement. We need more of that, not less<p>For a vivid parable of what is wrong with contemporary discourse and culture – and of what could be right – look no further than last week’s Channel 4 News …

Jordan Peterson

I’m drunk, shrunk and still shunned by Virgin

Last week’s research reveals that three in five of us drink to cope with the stress of everyday life. For others, the stress of everyday life serves as a respite from the relentless romantic demands of dame alcohol and her salty handmaidens, crisps.<p>Like many functioning alcoholics, I quit drinking …

Virgin Trains