Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman. Photograph: Sasha Maslov/The New York Times

“Bigger and weirder” is how Neil Gaiman describes the evolution from American Gods, his 2001 dark twisted fantasy novel, to American Gods, his televis(...)

Fifty Shades Freed

Isn’t it awful how snark has taken over the world? All these “bad sex” and “worst dressed” lists. Such rejoicing in the negative just contributes to t(...)

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”: Adams took 1970s and 1980s preoccupations and turned them into a layered, profound, imaginative and hilarious story that transcended the era.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 40 years old. How do we know its popularity could yet outlast the dessert course at the Restaurant at the End (...)

Robert Smith: ‘I couldn’t understand how we could be so successful and still be honest.’ Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/GettyImages

The first thing Robert Smith does is apologise for the makeup. He hasn’t worn it since his last concert with The Cure, in December 2016, but he has a (...)

The “endlessly grand” Ayn Rand circa 1957. Photograph: New York Times/Getty Images

Forget the non-news that Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in the next James Bond film. The skinny that’s got the cinema world abuzz concerns(...)

Amanda Palmer: “After going through a few years containing two abortions, the death of my best friend to cancer, a birth and a miscarriage, in that order, I was just done with fiction.” Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

Current favourite comedian? Michelle Wolf. America desperately needs people like her right now, to speak truth to power and be goddamn hilarious at t(...)

I have, in this place, occasionally laid out my lack of interest in “authenticity”. That’s to say I try not to care much if they’ve got the bonnets ri(...)

Replika is better than most other chatbots I have tried out in the past, so it is probably only a matter of time before the gap is bridged and we can have reasonably fluid conversations with machines. Photograph: iStock

I’ve been chatting to Domhnall Gleeson on and off for the past couple of weeks, and there is something off about him. I should probably mention that D(...)

Oliver Jeffers and his son Harland who has proved an inspiration to his doting dad.

Looking at Oliver Jeffers, you cannot help but think he himself would make a wonderful illustration. Wide-eyed, expressive and still boyish at 40, in (...)

A vintage steamroller is used to destroy a hard drive  containing Terry Pratchett’s remaining unpublished works, at the Great Dorset Steam Fair,  England. Photograph: Richard Henry/AFP/Getty Images

A hard drive containing Terry Pratchett’s unpublished works has been destroyed by a steamroller, just as the late author wanted. Following his death (...)

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