Culture (UK)

Shakespeare, DNA, and why car parks are a key part of British culture

A bevy of Shakespeare productions are currently taking place in a pop-up Elizabethan-style amphitheatre in York. Based on the Rose, a famous …

British History

'2018 BET Awards' Winners List (UPDATING)

Stars packed Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater on Sunday for the <i>2018 BET Awards</i> to see the very best in Black entertainment be honored for their work in …

Culture

White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground’s monochrome obituary for the love generation

Veteran CNN reporter David Axelrod recently described 1968 as a time of “chaos in black and white”. After the optimistic psychedelia of the previous …

Velvet Underground

The Best Movies To Watch While Very, Very Stoned

Featuring neither Cheech, nor Chong<p>Banging on about taking drugs is so powerfully lame it should have some effect on your credit rating, but there is no denying that weed and films go together like Cheech and Chong.<p>That said - films <i>about</i> weed are, with a few notable exceptions, terrible. So what to …

Table Tennis

The 5 Most Controversial World Cup '18 Moments So Far

Have your vote on the big issues<p>A week in, and the World Cup is already running over with controversies. As you read these words, furious debates are erupting in bars, offices and homes across the globe. Nothing, it turns out, brings people together or pushes people further apart than the …

Soccer

How Close Is The UK To Legalising Cannabis?

The Billy Caldwell case has united the public behind medical legalisation, but how close are we to joining Canada, the US and Holland in pursuing the recreational and financial benefits of a cannabis cafe culture? And what would it cost? Esquire takes a closer look at where we are on the issue …

Cannabis

How artists depicted George Washington and the idea of the presidency

GEORGE WASHINGTON stares down from the rotunda of the Capitol Building, his sword pointed menacingly to earth. Painted in 1865, at the end of the …

George Washington

Playing As Waluigi In Mario Tennis Is Peak Gaming Bliss

A man, a racket, and the medium he was made for<p>Every art form has a moment of greatness that defines it for a generation. Marlon Brando in <i>Streetcar</i>. John Coltrane's <i>Giant Steps</i>. Guy Fieri's Donkey Sauce. And in the Nintendo universe, the sensation of controlling Waluigi in <i>Mario Tennis</i> is the single …

Retrogaming

Social media in court: your tweets could be used as evidence against you

As we increasingly use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp to communicate with each other, many of us are …

Social Media

The Sexiest Horror Movies Ever Made

You'll squirm... for multiple reasons<p>You know what makes people uncomfortable? Horror. You know what else? Sex! Even though it's one of the most human of activities, getting sexy makes people as squeamish as jump scares and gore. And yet, like anything you'd see in a slasher flick, sex is pretty …

Horror

Habsburg culture is back in vogue

IN HIS novel “The Radetzky March”, published in 1932, Joseph Roth traces the changing fortunes of the Trotta family amid the demise of the …

Central Europe

When Allen Ginsberg met the head of the CIA – and offered him a wager

It is difficult to imagine a more unlikely pairing. Allen Ginsberg, beat poet and icon of the counterculture, and Richard Helms, the director of the …

Literature

American political rhetoric is sliding towards the sewer

MOST adults know all the words that will appear in this column. But they may still be shocked to hear them used in public, even distinguished, …

Political Science

Making music videos is not a criminal activity – no matter what genre

West London music group 1011 has recently been banned from recording or performing music without police permission. On June 15, the Metropolitan …

Sociology

What does it mean to be Métis?

JUNE 21ST is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an occasion for Canada to celebrate the cultures and achievements of its aboriginal inhabitants. Two of …

Métis

A new book explores the myths and reality of Rodrigo Duterte’s life

<b>Duterte Harry: Fire and Fury in The Philippines.</b> By Jonathan Miller.<i>Scribe; 346 pages; £14.99. To be published in America as “Rodrigo Duterte” in</i> …

Asia

Why journalism students (and many who teach it) will be glad to see the back of the Daily Mail's editor

I’ve been teaching journalism students for six years now, at three very different universities. What they learn is a far cry from my days at …

Journalism

Sky News funding will increase under Disney ownership, British culture secretary says

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. just got a step closer to buying European satellite television giant Sky, thanks to new commitments from Fox …

St. Louis

Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer

<b>Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together.</b> By Andrew Selee. <i>PublicAffairs; 336 pages; $28 and £20.</i><p><b>Get our daily</b> …

Mexico

Lauren Groff’s short stories pulse with hidden malevolence

<b>Florida.</b> By Lauren Groff. <i>Riverhead Books; 288 pages; $27. William Heinemann; £14.99.</i><p>FLORIDA is a gift to writers. Beneath its artificial shine lies …

Books

Why it's okay for bilingual children to mix languages

Few would consider mastering more than one language a bad idea. In fact, research points to a number of cognitive, economic and academic advantages …

Language Learning

Beyoncé and Jay-Z: the world is going APES**T for their vision of black culture

Anyone who is familiar with Beyoncé’s work knows that every outfit, song sample, visual reference and album cover art contains a deeper, more …

Black Culture

Ariana Grande And Nicki Minaj Proclaim 'The Light Is Coming' On New Single

Just a week after releasing the sultry collaboration "Bed" for Nicki Minaj's forthcoming album <i>Queen</i>, Ariana Grande and Minaj have reconvened their mutual appreciation society for yet another track. "The Light Is Coming" will appear on Grande's upcoming album <i>Sweetener,</i> due out Aug. 17.<p>Co-written and …

Ariana Grande

World Cup History's Greatest Unsung Heroes

Maradona has nothing on these guys<p>The World Cup is synonymous with players like Diego Maradona, Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. Era-defining talents who steered their countries to world domination and gained God-like status along the way.<p>But you don't have to lift the trophy to be a World Cup legend. …

Soccer

Why Turkish students are turning to speculative fiction

IN CAFES outside Istanbul University, students pore over a glossy leaflet. It is not one of the many political pamphlets being distributed ahead of …

Fantasy Fiction

How to build a winning team spirit at the World Cup

Playing at the FIFA World Cup, the biggest international football tournament, is considered to be the pinnacle of a footballer’s career. Individual …

Soccer

Love Island: audience reaction shows deep snobbery about accents

Now that the current crop of inmates disporting themselves around Love Island have settled in, members of the mainstream and social media have been …

Linguistics

At a loss for words? Join the Bureau of Linguistical Reality

<i>CASAPERDIDA</i>, noun: A feeling of anxiety that your house will be lost as a result of a torrential storm or event related to climate change. You might …

Language

Can Russia’s national football team emerge from its recent slump?

ON JUNE 14th Russia kicked off its home World Cup with a thumping 5-0 win. Few of the 78,011 delighted fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium cared that …

Soccer

World Cup Diary: Harry Kane's Goals Were The Goals We Deserve - For Now

Ben Machell on England's cautious optimism, the joys of the early stages and the fattest player in the competition<p>When Harry Kane nodded-in his injury time winner against Tunisia, I felt a wave of gratification. Not so much because I was desperate for England to win - I need to be wined and dined …

Harry Kane