‘My ties to England have loosened’: John le Carr on Britain, Boris and Brexit

At 87, le Carr is publishing his 25th novel. He talks to John Banville about our dismal statesmanship and what he learned from his time as a spy I have always admired John le Carr. Not always without envy so many bestsellers! but in wonderment at the fact that the work of an artist of such high literary accomplishment should have achieved such wide appeal among readers. That le Carr, otherwise David Cornwell, has chosen to set his novels almost exclusively in the world of espionage has allowed certain critics to dismiss him as essentially unserious, a mere entertainer. But with at least two of his books, Brexit and the concept that freedom of movement is being taken from them, …

Demi Moore reveals she was raped aged 15

Actor tells Good Morning America that the attack took place in her home with her mothers knowledge Demi Moore has said she was raped at the age of 15 in her home, by a man who claimed to have paid her mother $500. The Hollywood star, 56, made the allegation during a candid interview on Good Morning America to discuss her memoir, Inside Out. Speaking to Diane Sawyer, she said she came home to find the older man, who knew her mother, in her apartment. After he had raped her, Moore alleges he said her mother had sold her to him. In the book, she writes: It was rape. And a devastating betrayal, revealed by the mans cruel question: how …

‘Dad described the plot of Psycho at the dinner table’: how my parents taught me to love film

The Guardian film critic on how his mother and father shaped his relationship with cinema My parents are dead now, and I think about them both every day. They loved the cinema, and would go all the time as a young couple. My mum had a crush on the young Marlon Brando after seeing him in On The Waterfront and as Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. But it was my dad who was the more voluble about film, if not necessarily the more opinionated. Albert Desmond Bradshaw came to London from Belfast in the 1950s to be a photographer. That was where he met my mum, Mollie, who was working as a secretary. They lived in Highgate, north London and …

WIRED Book of the Month: It Came From Something Awful

Any page of It Came From Something Awful would be the most shocking page of most books. Reading Dale Beran’s chronicle of 4chan, the anonymous imageboard where some of the internet’s worst scandals have been fomented, feels like scrolling through the forum itself. Each page turn sucks you ever deeper into chan culture, from emoticon cats telling you to “Please die” to harassment campaigns levied at adolescent girls to a man describing how he murdered his girlfriend. “Turns out it’s way harder to strangle someone to death than it looks in the movies,” that man said, alongside images of the woman’s dead body. Eventually, in Beran’s aggrandizing telling, 4chan’s crescendo of furious nihilism delivers President Trump to America. In 2017, …

Book clinic: how can I get my teenage daughter back into books?

An array of fabulous fiction and nonfiction to tempt a 16-year-old girl away from social media Q: Please recommend some books to get my 16-year-old daughter off social media and Love Island and into reading again.A 47-year-old mother, London A: Bidisha, writer, broadcaster and film-maker/performer, writes:OK, first the addictive gateway drugs. No teenage brain is complete without a thorough immersion in Virginia Andrewss jaw-droppingly perverse Carrie by Stephen King (bullied girl with a Bible-beating mum cant take it any more weird stuff happens). That should prep the territory. Next, some fabulous and inspiring women from the real world. Comedian Mindy Kalings witty Character Breakdown, Mona Eltahawys defiant Once Upon a Time in the East, the great Maya Angelous The Girl …

Kendall Jenners Dark Post-Breakup Read and the Art of Celebrity Performative Book-Holding

Is literacy the new tiny sunglasses? This week, the Daily Mail published a her split from basketball player Ben Simmons. But the shots, specifically of Jenner and Sabbats reading material, are the best evidence we have of a Kardashians rich interior life since Kylie Jenner started realizing stuff. Rather than stuffing her Cannes suitcase with Pepsi cans and tabloids, Jenner packed herself a copy of Darcie Wilders literally show me a healthy person. Next to her Sabbat, a 21-year-old described literally show me a healthy person as 97 pages of full-throttle disclosure, complete with semi-obvious booze, cum, and heartbreak details, as well as less-obvious 9/11 jokes and quips about what it feels like to lose a parent. Their write-up continued, …

These memorable movie scenes were totally unscripted

Christopher Abbott, Pico Alexander, and George Clooney in Hulu's 'Catch-22.'Image: Philipe Antonello / Hulu It couldn’t be more fitting that the latest adaptation of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 finds its home on Hulu, proud purveyors of dystopia.  The six-episode miniseries has been marketed mostly as a comedy, but as anyone familiar with Heller’s 1961 novel knows, that’s just a way to cheat the system. Make no mistake, friends, this is a war epic, and a searing, caustic commentary from the men inside it.  Catch-22 is the story of John Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a neurotic World War II bomb plane pilot whose only goal is to survive the war – by getting out of it. Yossarian and his unit have a mandatory …