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‘It requires something like genius – on Anderson’s part and those of his collaborators – to get such a complex machine whirring so smoothly.’ Photograph: Searchlight Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox

As the boos and the cheers faded after the Cannes premiere of Wes Anderson’s latest, critics began squabbling among themselves about a near-theologica(...)

Detail from a Jacob Lawrence painting showing southern African-Americans at a railway station buying train tickets for Chicago, New York and St Louis. Some six million black southerners in the US had left the land of their birth and moved to the industrial north in search of a better life. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute recently hosted a panel on “Migration and its Artistic Representation”. While this (...)

The Capote Tapes features taped interviews utilised by George Plimpton for his definitive 1997 biography of the author Truman Capote.

As a former White House deputy social secretary and senior adviser to Michelle Obama, Ebs Burnough has overseen hundreds of swanky shindigs, from stat(...)

The Hands of Franky Machine is designed to be experienced in one continuous hour-long sitting, like a film or a play

Sometimes the compulsion to write a story comes from a riddle, a moral knot that can only be worked out within the hypothetical realm of a yarn. So it(...)

Lovecraft Country: Writers of colour are remixing US pop-cultural tropes to better fit their own experience. Photograph: Elizabeth Morris/HBO/Sky

Lovecraft Country (Sky Atlantic) opens with gritty trench warfare set to triumphalist music and a voiceover about “an American boy and a dream that is(...)

Army of Shadows: Jean-Pierre Melville’s magnificent French Resistance classic is available on Mubi.

Almost exactly a decade ago, Netflix launched a service that offered one simple answer to one simple question. How do you get people to pay for video (...)

Helen Cammock: ‘I want to talk about injustice and oppression and people being interconnected.’ Photograph: Sebastiano Luciano

Turner Prize nominee Helen Cammock considers Northern Ireland’s political situation in her east London studio. Mug of tea in hand and surrounded by st(...)

 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(...)

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