Sam Beam's latest outing as Iron and Wine is a curious mixture of the fascinating and the frustrating. It's a more obviously welcoming album than its recent predecessors, with the gentle country-soul ambience of songs like “The Desert Babbler” recalling Lambchop in its tempering of soul influences with pedal steel and strings.
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Sunday 22 March 2009
Thursday 05 March 2009
World record-holder Paula Radcliffe has pulled out of next month's London Marathon because of a broken toe.
Doctor Atomic, Coliseum, London<br/>Der fliegende Holländer, Royal Opera House, London<br/>Five:15, Oran Mór, Glasgow
Sunday 01 March 2009
Thursday 26 February 2009
At the end of the first act of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic, J. Robert Oppenheimer – harbinger of mass destruction – is suddenly confronted by the enormity of what he has created.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
Sunday 18 January 2009
13th president - 1850-1853
Sunday 18 January 2009
12th president - 1849-1850
Monday 12 January 2009
Monday 05 January 2009
Saturday 15 November 2008
The United States is a big country: the amount of ground between New York and Los Angeles is such that entire states can be off the beaten track. Take New Mexico: clearly, a beaten track runs through it, since Gallup, New Mexico features in "Route 66"; but what goes on beyond its verges is a bit of a mystery.
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Thursday 30 October 2008
The crime writer Tony Hillerman won critical acclaim as well as professional awards – from the Crime Writers of America (CWA) and the Western Writers of America (WWA) – for his vivid, lyrical and absorbing novels featuring Native American (in his case Navajo) sleuths at work in contemporary America. However, probably the honour he was most proud of was that of "Special Friend of the Dineh" which was conferred on him by the Navajo Nation in 1987 in recognition of his honest portrayals of Native Americans and their culture in the modern world.
Thursday 09 October 2008
The Nobel literary committee today infuriated the bookies, delighted the bookish and thumbed its nose, again, at the American book industry. The 2008 Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, a half-British French novelist and philosopher, who lives in America and champions the "lost" wisdom of non-Western cultures.
Friday 26 September 2008
Well, it's timely at least. Kevin Costner stars as a shiftless, divorced dad in smalltown New Mexico who wins overnight celebrity when his vote becomes the decider in the US presidential election.
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- 2 Mothers' diets may harm IQs in two-thirds of babies
- 3 Gay couple beaten in park urge MPs to moderate language on gay marriage
- 4 After woman sells virginity for $780,000, here are the results of our prostitution survey
- 5 Far-right French historian, 78-year-old Dominique Venner, commits suicide in Notre Dame in protest against gay marriage
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