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"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Russell Kane: Manscaping, Hammersmith Apollo, London (4/5)

It was typical of the self-aware, self-referential and self-deprecating “third Russell of comedy” to acknowledge that the X Factor final had taken a slither out of his audience share tonight.

Adair in 2008: he once said he wanted to write in the same spirit with which Fred Astaire danced

Gilbert Adair: Novelist, critic and screenwriter whose work shone with wit and playfulness

An author has died. Let us begin to quote him. "Have I any posthumous last words?" Gilbert Adair asked at the end of his 1992 novel, The Death of the Author. "Not really. As I have discovered to my disappointment, death is merely the displaced name for a linguistic predicament, and I rather feel like asking for my money back – as perhaps you do too, Reader, on closing this mendacious and mischievous and meaningless book."

The Kitchen Sink, Bush Theatre

Martin knew that being a milkman was his vocation when a little old lady started leaving full jars of jam and Branston Pickle out with her empties alongside a note asking him to “Please open”.

Exhibition about Lewis Carroll’s strange little girl

Alice just keeps on growing: The rich legacy of Lewis Carroll's strange little girl

She has spawned art, films, music and merchandise and now a new exhibition

Heads Up: Postmodernism

Why subverting style is more than just a knowing wink

The Quality of Mercy, By Barry Unsworth

The Sacred Hunger finally has a sequel, and in it the slave ship's crew are back in 18th-century Blighty awaiting trial for their crimes

DVD: Scream 4 (15)

There's now something very quaint about a post-modern horror that chuckles at its own cleverness while sticking to stabbing and slashing as its killer's MO.

Signs of a Struggle, V&A, London

Subversion and subterfuge are at the heart of this trawl through 40 years of Postmodern photography

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Young Vic, London

On the peeling, whitewashed wall of the dank Connemara cottage, there's a poster that bears the legend: "May you be half an hour in heaven afore the devil knows you're dead". It's a bit too late for that forlorn hope now, though. The two female characters in The Beauty Queen of Leenane dwell in a hell on earth of their own devising – a perverted symbiosis of mutual torture and resentment. Maureen Folan, the archetypally plain and lonely 40-year-old spinster, is bullied and bossed around by her selfish old mother who plots to thwart her daughter when a last chance of love shows up in the shape of personable local chap on a brief trip home from his navvying job in England.

My Morning Jacket, Somerset House, London

Live, My Morning Jacket are awesome – you could play them against Foo Fighters with no doubt at all as to who would be the winners. They begin with a five-song assault that seems to cow even the weather on a day of repeated downpours – the cloud gods only dare to release more water once the two-hour set has finished. In between, Jim James whirls like a dervish in a raincoat and a Rebekah Brooks wig, glowing sampler round his neck before switching to guitar. His fellow lead guitarist, Carl Broemel bashes, tugs and bends soaring licks from his own axe.

Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero, By Grant Morrison

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it human destiny?

Being Modern: Flashmobs

Everyone loves a mob, don't they? Well, maybe not a lynch mob. And the Mafia are kinda scary. But, ooh, that feeling of belonging if you're actually part of a mob – even the undead love it, as we saw last week in Leicester city centre. It makes you feel wanted, doesn't it?

The Secret History of Costaguana, By Juan Gabriel Vásquez (trs Anne McLean)

There's the seed of a great novel in here somewhere

Bo Burnham: 'I'm a complete hypocrite'

His comic songs are an internet sensation, garnering 90 million YouTube hits. His stand-up show has had critics in raptures on both sides of the Atlantic. And now Hollywood is knocking at his door. Not bad for a 20-year-old ...
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