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Night, Neon and Other Stories of Suspense by Joyce Carol Oates review – nuanced, not neat, thrillers

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Joyce Carol Oates’s multitudinous collections are repeatedly subtitled “tales of suspense” or “stories of mystery”. You tend to know what you’re getting with an Oatesian short – a disquieting snapshot of American life...

The US supreme court is letting racist discrimination run wild in the election system

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The US supreme court, in a 5-4 decision, used the ruse that it was too close to an election – three months away – to scrap a racially discriminatory, Republican-drawn legislative map in Alabama. A lower court had prev...

‘It’s been a lot’: Joyce Carol Oates, SA Cosby, Richard Ford and Margo Jefferson on Biden’s first year

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Richard Ford is a novelist and short story writer best known for his quartet of novels featuring the protagonist Frank Bascombe, a failed sportswriter turned novelist, which includes The Sportswriter, Independence Day...

Ding dong merrily outside: carol concerts go alfresco as UK Covid restrictions hit

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Clad in mittens and bobble hats, carol singers are moving back to traditional open-air performance this Christmas in response to health concerns. A string of scheduled professional and amateur choral concerts will now...

The Tiger Lillies’ Christmas Carol review – Dickens is lost in queasy cabaret

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Whether it’s the cheery musings of the worker hammering in the nails to crucify Jesus, a bleak paean to the glories of heroin or the cautionary tale of a young thumb-sucker whose thumbs are snipped off by a tailor wit...

A Christmas Carol review – a clever, Cardiffian spin on the Christmas classic

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Attend the tale of Ebbie Scrooge, Cardiff businesswoman and Times Rich List topper for the seventh year running. Still set in 1843 but relocated to the Welsh capital, Joe Murphy’s actor-musician staging of Gary Owen’s...

White supremacists declare war on democracy and walk away unscathed

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American democracy’s most dangerous adversary is white supremacy. Throughout this nation’s history, white supremacy has undermined, twisted and attacked the viability of the United States. What makes white supremacy s...

America’s gun obsession is rooted in slavery

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Bodies are piling up all over the second amendment as two of America’s pandemics converge. The “plague of gun violence” and the inability to mount an effective response, even in the wake of multiple mass shootings, is...