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 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

US novelist William Melvin Kelley in Paris 1968:  moving, honest account of a young black man trying to find his way in a hostile world.

Regular readers of New Fiction may remember a review late last year of a rediscovered classic, the African-American author William Melvin Kelley’s A D(...)

America needed a storyteller like Toni Morrison. It needed her unique voice and those magisterial works of fiction that explored black identity in a c(...)

Yara Shahidi in The Sun is Also a Star

One downside to the American fervour for opportunity is the need to turn every sane, articulate celebrity into a future president. (You can make your (...)

Eighth Grade: A humane film that recognises there is kindness among the jabbering hostility

It’s the time of year when we invite people to say: “Was that this year? It seems like ages since that came out.” There will be a little less of that(...)

Photograph: Mihaela Bodlovic

ULSTER AMERICAN Abbey Theatre, Dublin ★★★☆☆ The worrying thing about polemicists inclined towards controversy is that they might just mean what they (...)

Olivia Colman holds her award for Actress in a Leading Role for ‘The Favourite’ during the 91st annual Academy Awards. Photograph: EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Olivia Colman pulled off the biggest of several shocks at the 2019 Oscars when she won best actress for the Irish production The Favourite. Peter Far(...)

If Beale Street Could Talk: Teyonah Parris, KiKi Layne and Regina King

Everyone has their own pick for a film that underperforms each awards season, but the failure of Barry Jenkins’s third feature – at least the equal of(...)

Barry Jenkins: “I must not forget that the greatest asset I have in this new world is my personal experience.” Photograph: Kayla Reefer/New York Times

There should be an air of tension in the room, but Barry Jenkins seems unconcerned by any looming news. He is polite in a way that only Americans can (...)

Oscars 2019: A Star is Born seems likely to score nominations in most major categories. Photograh: Warner Bros.

For a few weeks late last summer it looked as if the coming year’s Academy Awards would be much taken up with speculation about the “Academy Award for(...)

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