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Edward St Aubyn: ‘I never read things about myself because I’m so easily crushed’

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Most interviews in the lockdown era are conducted by video, but the novelist Edward St Aubyn and I are talking by old-fashioned telephone because, his publicist warns me beforehand, “Teddy doesn’t do Zoom.” Of course ...

‘I feel admonished for being myself’: Yseult, the chanson singer riling the French establishment

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Accepting the award for the best newcomer at Victoires de la Musique (the French Grammys) on 12 February, Yseult said: “This is not just a victory for me, it’s a victory for my brothers and sisters. We have snatched t...

Karol G: ‘Why should I limit how I express myself because I’m a woman?’

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I catch Colombian singer Karol G in a rare moment of calm, while she is in a car on her way to a hotel. She has just landed in New York to film a music video, but home is Miami, she clarifies, the engine humming in th...

Black Americans flock to gun stores and clubs: ‘I needed to protect myself’

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Janice Matthews* always knew she would be a gun owner someday. She was raised in Alabama where her family members rarely left their home unarmed. Still, after more than three decades in California she wasn’t in a rush...

Flock of Dimes’ Jenn Wasner: ‘I became incredibly adept at outrunning myself’

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As the promo cycle for Jenn Wasner’s second album as Flock of Dimes kicked in recently, she felt eager to get back to work. Then she was struck by a new feeling. “Oh, but I don’t want to do anything?” she recalls from...

‘I won’t allow myself to be broken’: Russia’s Eurovision candidate Manizha takes on ‘the haters’

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Russia’s 2021 Eurovision candidate breezes into a conference room, Channel One documentary film crew in tow, offering a simple tea of mint leaves brewed in hot water. “On days like today, I want something calming,” Ma...

What my lockdown calls to an old man taught me about laughter, life – and myself

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When the first lockdown began and Boris Johnson finally pointed his finger down our throats and warned us in a tweet that we must stay at home “as we work together to fight this virus and keep everyone safe”, he also ...

How I wrote myself into a real-life romcom – that became a survivalist thriller

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He doesn’t love me. He never loved me. And he isn’t looking for me – so I damn well better survive the night on my own. No food, no tent, no map. No one to blame but myself. Too bad burning hot shame isn’t a heat sour...

Bobby Gillespie: ‘I am a lead singer, I love myself’

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Born in Glasgow, Bobby Gillespie, 58, founded Primal Scream in 1982. The band’s third album, Screamadelica, won the 1992 Mercury music prize. Utopian Ashes, Gillespie’s album with Jehnny Beth, is released on 2 July; t...

Hollie McNish: ‘I have to psych myself up to share’

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Hollie McNish, 38, grew up in Reading, went on from a comprehensive school to Cambridge and has attracted an online following of millions for performances of her poetry. Winner of the Ted Hughes prize for new work in ...

‘I allowed myself to feel guilty for a very long time’: the teenage cashier who took George Floyd’s $20 bill

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Christopher Martin lived above a bricked grocery store in south Minneapolis, with a maroon awning and bold red signage that reads Cup Foods. So when a cashier’s position came up last year, he took it without thinking....

Me, Myself and Di review – miserably unfunny romcom about Bolton’s Bridget Jones

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There’s nothing quite so naff and depressing as a British comedy misfire, and Me, Myself and Di is the real deal: a miserably unfunny romcom about Bolton’s answer to Bridget Jones. Her name is Janet Brown (Katy Clayto...

‘I’m sacrificing myself’: agony of Kabul’s secret sex workers

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When Zainab met her first client almost two years ago, she was drunk, drugged-up, and had passed out by the time he started raping her. She had never touched alcohol before, but was told she’d be better off unconsciou...

Love Island review – I hate myself but I can’t stop. Please, somebody, help!

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I don’t know. I don’t know. If I had to bring in stringent checks on people’s mental health and resilience, if I had to ensure that a ‘welfare team’ was on set at all times during filming, provide ongoing psychologica...

I’m bracing myself for some adult orthodontics

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Required or not, I love wearing my face mask. I love it for the security it gives vulnerable people; for the anonymity it provides; for the floral smell of my moisturiser, which it keeps in my nostrils even when the s...

‘I question myself’: Arteta reflects on Arsenal’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City

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Mikel Arteta said he will question his own decision-making after Arsenal made their worst start to a season since 1954. Midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for a dangerous tackle as Arsenal were thrashed 5-0 by Manch...

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