Arts and Entertainment For music lovers: John Cusack with his vinyl collection in 'High Fidelity'

As a former couple go to court in a bid to carve up their record collection, Tom Hodgkinson rejoices in the fact that our love affair with vinyl is far from over

The Beginner's Goodbye, By Anne Tyler

A wife dies in a freak accident; her widower starts seeing visions of her: the stage is set for another cleverly observed Anne Tyler miniature

Shakespeare's London: Everyday Life in London 1580-1616, By Stephen Porter

Back in the bard olde days

Amis: Shows 'virtuoso intolerance'

Martin Amis: The Biography, By Richard Bradford

Amis Jr was raised amid a hellish, endless cocktail party that helps explain the contradictions of his character and his work

Between The Covers: 13/11/2011

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Residents fight library closures

Brent residents crowded into the Court of Appeal yesterday for the latest stage in their legal attempt to prevent the closure of six "treasured" libraries by the local authority.

John Bercow said it would be wrong for him to 'try to browbeat' his wife Sally

Diary: You're not welcome in the House of Cards, says Dobbs

Having served his sentence for fiddling his expenses, the former Tory peer John Taylor made a bad mistake when he insouciantly told The Daily Telegraph how he was looking forward to resuming his seat next summer, and giving their lordships the benefit of his hard-earned experience of prison life.

Jennifer Reese: 'I was truly shocked how easy it was to make cheese'

The DIY food guide: Which foods are tastier and cheaper made at home and which should we buy?

One cook decided to settle the question for good - with surprising results.

Last night's viewing - The Jury, ITV1; The Growing Pains of a Teenage Genius, BBC3

Julie Walters overacts wildly in Peter Morgan's latest television drama. She's hammy, melodramatic, and goes so far over the top at times that it's a wonder she doesn't black out from oxygen deprivation. Fortunately, there's an explanation. She's wearing a horsehair wig at the time of the most grievous offences, playing a defence barrister in The Jury.

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Show us you care: the rise of good cause labelling

It's no longer enough just to give: you must wear your support on your sleeve (or lapel, wrist, etc)

Arguably, By Christopher Hitchens

Erudite to the very last

Horror, and happiness: Mourid Barghouti

I Was Born There, I Was Born Here, By Mourid Barghouti, trans. Humphrey Davies

Mourid Barghouti's first volume of memoir, I Saw Ramallah, is a classic of the genre and a uniquely clear-eyed account of returning home after 30 years of serial expulsion. Barghouti is also the poet of displacement in general as well as its specific Palestinian form. In between the first and this second volume of memoir came Midnight & Other Poems – a first selection from many volumes of his poetry.

Straw Dogs (18)

Starring: James Marsden, Kate Bosworth

Exclusive: Fracking company - we caused 50 tremors in Blackpool – but we're not going to stop

Gas drilling not a threat, says energy company

Collaborators, National Theatre: Cottesloe, London

From Beaumont and Fletcher to Kaufman and Hart, there have been many cases of playwrights working in tandem. But Stalin and Bulgakov? Surely some mistake. The General Secretary of the Communist Party and the era's greatest (if often slyly so) dissident dramatist sound unlikely co-authors. That, however, is the scenario we are asked to envisage in the savagely funny, darkly fantastical play that screenwriter John Hodge has concocted for his stage debut.

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