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Connections by Karl Deisseroth review – artful insights into the brain

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Karl Deisseroth’s book comes so richly garlanded with endorsements that I wanted to dislike it. A world-renowned psychiatrist and neuroscientist, Deisseroth is also a talented writer who, when the technology comes up ...

The Viewing Booth review – seeing is believing in the Israel-Palestine conflict

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Even though he tries to maintain a cool, scientific demeanour, Israeli director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz finally lets slip a twinge of despair at the end of this interesting geopolitical Rorschach test. Alexandrowicz sit...

Edge of the World review – swashbuckling white saviour biopic feels out of date

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While the name James Brooke might seem obscure to many viewers, his exploits in south-east Asia, retold here in Michael Haussman’s adventure biopic, are not so foreign. After all, they inspired Joseph Conrad’s Lord Ji...

W-3: A Memoir by Bette Howland review – postcard from the edge

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In W-3, the psychiatric ward of a sprawling university hospital in an American city that is quite possibly Chicago, everyone looks the same, which is to say: peculiar. So many varieties of strangeness! Frankie, famed ...

The Smartest Giant in Town review – a very tall tale

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The Little Angel Theatre celebrates its 60th anniversary with this stylish but stuttering adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s popular picture book. Samantha Lane directs and adapts (alongside composer...

Adventures With the Painted People review – romantic revenge on a roamin’ Roman

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Pitlochry Festival theatre already has a claim to be the most beautifully situated in the country. Now, with the advent of an outdoor amphitheatre deep in the neighbouring gardens, it has one of the most idyllic stage...

GB News review – Andrew Neil’s alternative BBC? Utterly deadly stuff

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“Now is the time to do news differently,” said Andrew Neil as GB News went live on Sunday night. “We are committed to covering the people’s agenda, not the media’s agenda.” Not in the first hour you weren’t. Instead, ...

A Year in Art: Australia, 1992 review – dreams and nightmares

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Australia was founded on a Saturday, according to Algernon Talmage’s ludicrous painting of the scene. Assorted British officers raise their beer mugs to the union jack, hoisted above the gum trees: cheers! It could be...

Batlava Lake by Adam Mars-Jones review – Barry no mates

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Adam Mars-Jones’s new novella – new to us, that is, as it was first published in Areté magazine in 2017 – is one of those books that proceeds by what it doesn’t tell us. On the one hand, it doesn’t tell us much at all...

Pi’erre Bourne: The Life of Pi’erre 5 review – digital overload

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Pi’erre Bourne is the super-producer behind some of the biggest rap tracks of the past decade, including Playboi Carti’s Magnolia and 6ix9ine’s Gummo. The Life of Pi’erre 5 is Bourne’s latest attempt to resurface as s...

69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez review – fact or act?

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Danny Hernandez, AKA rapper and internet troll Tekashi69 AKA 6ix9ine, started life as a damaged and fatherless Hispanic kid from Brooklyn, driven by a hunger for wealth, fame and, most of all, a need to be seen at any...

June Plum, Wellingborough: ‘Strong, clean flavours that delight’ – restaurant review

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June Plum, 31-32 Cambridge Street, Wellingborough NN8 1DW (juneplum.net). Starters £1.95-£8.25, mains £9.95-£18.50, desserts £6.50-£7.95, cocktails £6.95-£8 While the East Midlands will not dazzle you with Michelin st...

Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) review – lesbian romcom could do better

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It could have been a sweet, gay coming-of-age story about a girl whose sexual awakening is complicated by unwelcome gay mentorship from the ghost of her lesbian aunt. But there’s a disconnect between the naive but wel...

Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia with NYJO: Bulletproof review – fresh takes on old favourites

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Barbara Thompson, saxophonist, flautist, composer and one of Europe’s finest and certainly most popular jazz musicians, led her band, Paraphernalia, between 1978 and 2015. Now aged 76, she has been forced to stop perf...

How the Word is Passed review: After Tulsa, other forgotten atrocities

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In fewer than 400 pages, Clint Smith’s debut work of non-fiction is an intrepid trek covering lots of ground. Engaging our nation’s “curious institution” – “our un-atoned original sin” – the book purports to examine ...

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Curated by Carlos review – a kick and a promise from Acosta

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“Could we trade tradition for transformation?” asks poet Casey Bailey in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s latest premiere, City of a Thousand Trades. BRB’s artistic director Carlos Acosta is not about to trash tradition but ...

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