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Joseph O’Connor: his advice  to an aspiring author? “Read Orwell. And get a job.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Joseph O’Connor is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, St(...)

Fox pop: Louisa Rose Allen aka Foxes: “I never, ever would have done ‘Clarity’ if I didn’t think it was good. I have my own music and style. I haven’t used ‘Clarity’ to heighten my profile. I’ve let it be and gone back to my own stuff”

Louisa Rose Allen is a firm believer in fate. The young woman behind Foxes – her electro-indie alias – almost ditched a career in music for one in bea(...)

Screenwriter: Viewing is believing 2:42

Christians enjoyed a triumph at the US box office two weeks ago. Against the odds, a film aimed specifically at the faith demographic became a hit.(...)

American artist Harry Smith in a room at the hotel in 1969. Photograph: Getty Images

‘I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel” goes Leonard Cohen’s song, marking his fondness for the hotel that served as a byword for the altern(...)

Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte and rapper Pitbull: another balls-up for FIFA.   Photograph:  Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

It would be desperately unfair to all involved to pre-judge the Brazil World Cup 2014 Official Song Anthem before it is released in March. But it will(...)

Journal de France 1:41

Raymond Depardon, the French photographer and documentarian, has never, outside his own country, established a reputation to compare with Americans su(...)

Lou Reed, who has died aged 71, was a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on generations of rock musicians.

Lou Reed, who has died aged 71, was a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on gen(...)

Where will you be Wednesday, October 16th at midnight? Actually, you may not have any choice in the matter, as we’ve already been told we will be trem(...)

Anna Calvi: One Breath

Described by Brian Eno as “the biggest thing since Patti Smith” and addled with bounteous comparisons to PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi does have her work c(...)

Taylor Mac: A 20th-Century Concert AbridgedSmock Alley Theatre****“This is not a regular concert,” Taylor Mac reminds us halfway through the evening.(...)

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