Essays

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Pedro and Ricky Come Again by Jonathan Meades review – dandyish Hulk rampage
From Duchamp to Orwell, fascism to Brexit … this collection of journalism and speeches showcases one of the world’s best haters, who has never composed a dull paragraph

Steven Poole

28, Apr, 2021 @6:30 AM

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A Little Devil in America by Hanif Abdurraqib review – a celebration of black performance
From Josephine Baker to Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson to Dave Chapelle … a freewheeling collection of essays explores black culture in the US

Yohann Koshy

22, Apr, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Michaela Coel debuts as an author with Misfits: A Personal Manifesto
Out in September in the UK and the US, the creator of I May Destroy You is set to write ‘a rousing and bold case against fitting in’

Sian Cain

19, Apr, 2021 @2:36 PM

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See/Saw: Looking at Photographs by Geoff Dyer review – how to really read a picture
In these seductively curious essays, Dyer scrutinises images and photographers, unearthing hidden truths and a sense of the uncanny

Tim Adams

19, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Top 10 books about New York | Craig Taylor
Author Craig Taylor chooses memoir, poetry, history and photography by writers who have committed to the city’s streets, ready for its surprises and shocks

Craig Taylor

31, Mar, 2021 @11:13 AM

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The Hard Crowd by Rachel Kushner review – New Journalism given a new lease of life
The US novelist mixes grit with gloss in sharp examinations of artists and writers – and her wild youth

Olivia Laing

29, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing review – a powerful concept, frustratingly executed
As a tribute to vital work through the ages, Hannah Dawson’s anthology is more than welcome. But as a resource, it’s rendered hopeless

Rachel Cooke

21, Mar, 2021 @9:30 AM

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From Soul Train to Beyoncé: the joy of black performance in America
In A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib set out to celebrate black artists across music, dance, comedy and more, who succeeded even when their own country refused to honour them

Hanif Abdurraqib

12, Mar, 2021 @12:00 PM

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion review – elegant essays spanning four decades
Rejection letters, California dreams and clear reflections on writing in a collection that explores self-doubt

Francesca Wade

05, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean by Joan Didion review – a masterclass in minimalism
These remarkable essays from the writer’s early years highlight her search for truth and attention to detail

Peter Conrad

22, Feb, 2021 @7:00 AM

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'Love’s labours should be lost': Maria Stepanova, Russia's next great writer
The Muscovite’s work is arriving in English this year in three books of remarkable memoir, poems and essays that, she explains, reach for ‘the truth of the past’

Matthew Janney

11, Feb, 2021 @12:25 PM

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The Capote Tapes: inside the scandal ignited by Truman's explosive final novel
He partied with high society America but caused outrage when he spilled their secrets. Ebs Burnough talks us through his new film about Answered Prayers – the ‘smart, salacious’ novel Capote never finished

Ryan Gilbey

26, Jan, 2021 @6:00 AM

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