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Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I […]

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All Grown Up by Jami Attenberg review difficult, selfish, a true-to-life heroine

This single-woman-about-town fiction is not like Sex and the City or Bridget Joness Diary it is a warts-and-all portrait of independence The blurb for Sex and the City or Fleabag, which appeared on BBC3 last year, with its solitary, uncompromising heroine, her damaged past gradually revealed, and her knowing looks to camera. The literature of […]

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Yiyun Li: I used to say that I was not an autobiographical writer that was a lie

The Chinese-American author discusses her breakdown and facing up to the trauma of her past In the summer and autumn of 2012, Yiyun Li, the award-winning Chinese-American fiction writer, twice tried to kill herself. When she left hospital, everyone was full of advice: You should do this or that; you must isolate yourself less. But, […]

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Hilarious realist: Carrie Fisher was the person everyone would want to sit next to at a wedding | Hadley Freeman

The actor and writer was extraordinary: a woman the same onscreen as off, who could turn addiction and self-loathing into cynical, life-affirming gold During the later decades of her life, Carrie Fisher became better known for her persona than her actual achievements, although she would probably argue that the shaping of this persona was an […]

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Carrie Fisher obituary

Actor who played Princess Leia in Star Wars was also known for her bristling intellect and writing that mixed candour, sweetness and wit Carrie Fisher, actor best known as Star Wars Princess Leia, dies aged 60 A less distinctive and eccentric performer than Carrie Fisher, who has died after a heart attack aged 60, might […]

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The cult of the expert and how it collapsed | Sebastian Mallaby

The Long Read: Led by a class of omnipotent central bankers, experts have gained extraordinary political power. Will a populist backlash shatter their technocratic dream? On Tuesday 16 September 2008, early in the afternoon, a self-effacing professor with a neatly clipped beard sat with the president in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Flanked […]

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Johnny Depp and Judi Dench hop aboard Murder on the Orient Express

The embattled actor and Oscar winner will star in Kenneth Branaghs adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel alongside Michelle Pfeiffer and Daisy Ridley Johnny Depp and Judi Dench are set to headline Kenneth Branaghs upcoming remake of Agatha Christies Murder on the Orient Express. According to settling his contested divorce and domestic abuse case with […]

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