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Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.

Indyplus video: Independent film choice 14.10.2013

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Video: Television and classic movies

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Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in Fight Club

Manchester teenagers start real-life Fight Club

Youths attacking each other with bits of scaffolding, eyewitness claims

Alexander McCall Smith, author

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I liked The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Is there a new one coming out?

Author Tom Clancy has died, aged 66

Tom Clancy: Bestselling author of The Hunt for Red October dead from undisclosed causes aged 66

Writer was a canny businessman who managed to turn himself into a brand, spawning successful film and video game franchises

Album review: Trentemoller, Lost (In My Room)

Denmark’s Anders Trentemoller has moved ever further away from the propulsive techno that he made a decade ago, to the point where his third album proper includes verse-chorus-verse structures and vocals by the singers from Low, the Drums, Blonde Redhead and the Raveonettes.

Paperback review: The Silence of the Lambs, By Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter – psychiatrist, psychopath, purveyor of ghastly canapés – is an ambiguous presence in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) and its sequels. Rarely the outright villain, he tends to play the role of a genteel monster with whom the reader is, scandalously, invited to sympathise.

Video: DVD and Blu-Ray releases

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Video: Elmore Leonard

The writer Elmore Leonard, who died on Tuesday, has had a number of stories adapted for the big screen, as well as influencing Quentin Tarantino. Watch trailers for two such films, ‘3:10 To Yuma’ (2007 version) and ‘Jackie Brown’ - directed by Tarantino - below:

Video: Film trailers for the latest releases

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Indyplus video: Elmore Leonard's best movie adaptations

Novelist Elmore Leonard died aged 87 in Detroit. He is author of 45 novels, nine screenplays and three short stories. His crime fiction books were taken to the big screen starring some of Hollywood's most acclaimed actors.

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The author Elmore Leonard who has died aged 87

Elmore Leonard: King of crime capers who gave hookers and hustlers a voice, dies aged 87

Crime novels spawned several film adaptations, including Get Shorty starring John Travolta and Danny DeVito

Mark Leftly: For the health of the NHS, private operators need drastic surgery

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