'Banter', 'Aspiration', 'Selfie'? Not this year, thank you very much
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Sunday 19 December 2010
As a boy, the Godfather of Soul didn't get toys for Christmas.
Sunday 05 December 2010
I have long been under the impression that the great age of pretension was over. I thought that nothing was original enough to be pretentious any more, and that anyone purporting to be slightly higher-minded than the rest of us was probably doing so with good reason, given that popular culture has sunk so low into the mire as to be accessible only with a snorkel.
Friday 26 November 2010
When hip-hop artists stand in a circle and rap it's called a cypher," says Mobo award-winning artist Akala, who will be part of two events at the British Library this evening; a one-off language-based panel discussion, Voices of Hip-Hop and Late at the Library. "It's a common hip-hop word which came from the Islamic influence on hip-hop culture, and it's just one of tons of examples of the impact of hip-hop on the English language and the way people use that language."
Sunday 19 September 2010
Saturday 04 September 2010
While some like to say that irony was invented by Plato, as far as the entertainment industry is concerned, it reared its knowing, nodding felt head in the mid-to-late Eighties, roughly between the first sighting of Bruce Willis's smirk in Moonlighting, and Jack Nicholson's ya-gotta-love-me grin in Tim Burton's Batman.
Thursday 13 May 2010
Sunday 18 October 2009
Mpho Skeef was born to a Zulu father and white mother at a time when apartheid forbade such liaisons. She has, therefore, rather more life experience than the average conveyor-belt diva.
Sunday 20 September 2009
Wednesday 26 August 2009
"Never work with children or animals" is an old rule. Perhaps politicians should add another: don't invoke popular culture unless you are sure of your ground
Wednesday 26 August 2009
Things have a habit of going embarrassingly awry when politicians descend to populism. So Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, should have known better than pursue an easy headline by comparing parts of Britain to the gang and drug infested streets of The Wire.
Friday 08 May 2009
Sir Peter Blake might have been in the news recently for feeling sidelined by the Tate galleries, but hopefully having his own double-decker art bus will help to ease the perceived snub.
Friday 10 April 2009
Japan's manga-loving prime minister, Taro Aso, has long touted the importance of "soft power" content such as comics and anime to boost Japan's global diplomatic status.
Friday 03 April 2009
Sunday 08 March 2009
Thursday 26 February 2009
What does the crime writer Tess Gerritsen have in common with Clint Eastwood – apart, that is, from being a massively successful purveyor of entertaining popular culture? In order to buy studio funding for his personal projects, Eastwood would periodically turn out a crowd-pleasing thriller that focused on suspense rather than character. That appears to be what the highly talented Gerritsen has done in Keeping the Dead. Yet her seamless blend of good writing and pulse-racing tension has long been a stock-in-trade, so no division between serious and popular books was ever on the cards.
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Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain
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- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Nigerian witch-finder Helen Ukpabio threatens legal action against human rights organisations