Samuel Beckett

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 98 – The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton (1621)

This compelling and occasionally comic study of melancholy became cult reading in the 17th century and has inspired artists from Keats to Cy Twombly<p>From the eccentric compulsion of its full title onwards (<i>The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes,</i> …

Literature

Meet 'Agent 00Fitness': The unstoppable rise of the 'Insta-trainer'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hiring personal trainers is officially a trend for leading athletes -- which is both good news and bad news for their teams.<p>The days of lazing about on a beach gaining weight during the offseason have been replaced by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lewis Hamilton posting …

Soccer

Pourquoi il faut enseigner l'échec aux étudiants

Au XIXe siècle, le poète américain Walt Whitmann écrivait<p>« <i>Vivas to those who have fail’d ! And to those whose war-vessels sank in the sea ! And to</i> …

Charles de Gaulle

Monday briefing: Pension change boosts fossil fuel divestment fight

Ministers agree to make it easier for schemes to take money out of oil, gas and coal … Tory Brexit rebels call for Labour alliance ... Cheese fest leaves bad taste<p>Top story: Savers get ‘clear say’ on where money is invested<p>Good morning. I’m Martin Farrer and this is the Guardian’s morning …

Mo Farah

Sam Shepard remembered by Johnny Dark

5 November 1943 – 27 July 2017 The actor and playwright’s best friend recalls a 50-year bond based on their shared love of literature, letters and life in the fast lane<p>• Howard Hodgkin remembered by Alan Hollinghurst<p>We first met in 1963 in New York’s Lower East Side, when it was a neighbourhood of …

Sam Shepard

Peter Hall remembered by David Hare

22 November 1930 – 11 September 2017 The playwright recalls the RSC founder as a man who championed public engagement with British culture while keeping his personal feelings to himself<p>• Anita Pallenberg remembered by Marianne Faithfull<p>Peter Hall was just 25 when Samuel Beckett’s <i>Waiting for Godot</i> …

Downing Street

'Twin Peaks' and the best new video and streaming picks of 2017

If you’re someone who likes watching movies at home, here’s some good news: It’s never been easier to find something you want to see from the comfort of your own couch.<p>With video on demand (VOD), premium cable, and the seemingly endless proliferation of subscription streaming services — nearly all …

Twin Peaks

Books to restore your faith in the human spirit

Timeless books to restore your faith in the imagination and/or the human spirit chosen by KCRW’s Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt.The Pillow Book by Sei …

Literature

Measures to increase cycling in Australia are predicated on failure

Cycling bodies Bicycle NSW and the Victorian-based Bicycle Network want laws changed so that people over the age of 12 can cycle on footpaths.<p>We …

Cycling

Grace Kelly's Irish library: a collection of classic reads … in Monaco

The film star’s roots prompted her to collect Irish literature, including rare editions of Joyce, Beckett and Shaw. The 9,000 volumes are now housed in a lovely, and free, library in the principality<p>I don’t go to Monaco for the sports cars or casinos but to enjoy a delicate, pea-green first full …

Literature

35 Inspirational Quotes on Creativity

<i>35 inspirational quotes on creativity to feel your soul.</i><p>1. We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.</b> …

Creativity

Peppa Pig blamed for people expecting too much from their local doctor

Dr Brown Bear makes an urgent home visit to a piglet (3) with a facial rash

Peppa Pig

Dying Of ALS, Sam Shepard Told His Final Story Of A Man Not Ready To Go

Support the news<p>Review<p>Sam Shepard once said, "I could go on and on about death. One of my favorite subjects — so long as you can keep it at arm’s …

Sam Shepard

10 Most Memorable Moments in Cleveland Theater, 2017 Edition

When we reflect back on a live theater production, it is usually a specific moment that we recall – an instant when a playwright’s idea, a director’s …

Cleveland

A Voice for the Voiceless

This weekend--at 2:30 am on Saturday, to be precise--Twitter bot @everyword was set to complete its 7-year run with the final word in the English …

J. K. Rowling

Curtain to rise on a star-studded season of music, drama and comedy

TENOR Warren Mok has the honor of opening Shanghai Poly Grand Theater’s 2018 season.<p>Mok, along with Wei Song and Dai Yuqiang, is one of China’s most …

News (China)

Peter Bradshaw Q&A: 'Now critics get reviewed – it's a sobering experience'

This week the Guardian’s film critic presented his shortlist of 2017’s most awards-worthy movies, directors and actors. Here, he talks to arts editor Liese Spencer about the realities of reviewing, the worst thing he’s watched, and getting it wrong …<p>The Braddies 2017: Peter Bradshaw nominates his …

Emily Blunt

The Positivity of Negativity

Some days are good, some are bad. Some decisions are favourable, some are unfavourable.<p>But do we stop living our lives depending on the nature of the …

Happiness

Why are artists intoxicated with Samuel Beckett?

Long-form Journalism

The best debuts of 2017: have you missed something great?

The year’s best novels and collections from emerging authors at home and abroad<p>Sat, Dec 9, 2017, 06:00<p>A retelling of <i>King Lear</i> set in a corrupt, …

News (Ireland)

Conservatives will have to start abandoning their Brexit lies

Ireland has the pitch set up in its favour but the match still has to be played<p>about 20 hours ago<p>The Irish Border was such a hard problem to get …

News (Ireland)

‘Rabbis were calling us up and asking us to stop making the movie’

‘Menashe’ director Joshua Z Weinstein on making his warm-hearted drama about a Hasidic Jewish community in New York, shot in Yiddish with …

News (Ireland)

Penguin to release £1 'classics of 20th century'

Penguin Press is launching a new classics series of 50 short books costing £1 to celebrate the “pioneering spirit and diversity of 20th century …

Literature

'Paris Review' Editor Stein Departs, Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Lorin Stein, the editor of international literary magazine <i>The Paris Review</i>, resigned yesterday, embroiled in an internal investigation into his …

Advertising Industry

How to collect a Nobel prize for literature

Say something funny about Sweden, don’t overdo the humility … As the 2017 Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro undergoes his Nobel induction, we look back on speeches from winners of the past<p>“All writers belong to the class of non-orators,” Thomas Mann warned his audience at the outset, accepting the …

Literature

Henry Wei Leung

“I was a martial artist before I was a writer. It’s absurd: kicking and punching the air daily, for hours, perfecting your technique for an encounter …

Creative Writing

Three to see: London

Charles II’s collection is not as celebrated as that of his father, Charles I, which will be the focus of a major exhibition next month at the Royal …

Art

“Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better”: How Samuel Beckett Created the Unlikely Mantra That Inspires Entrepreneurs Today

To what writer, besides Ayn Rand, do the business-minded techies and tech-minded businessmen of 21st-century Silicon Valley look for their …

Culture

Editor of Paris Review, Lorin Stein, resigns amid sexual misconduct investigation - Salon.com

Lorin Stein, editor of the influential and esteemed Paris Review, has resigned from the journal following a company investigation into possible misconduct toward the title's female staff and freelancers. He had been with the publication since 2010.<p>As reported in the New York Times, the board of the …

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