Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Robert Pattinson has put his teen heartthrob roles behind him

KRISTEN Stewart and Robert Pattinson, the stars of the “Twilight” vampire films, seem to have decided that they have enough money and fame...

A remarkable account of the 2011 tsunami in Japan

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone. By Richard Lloyd Parry. Jonathan Cape, 276 pages, £16.99. To be published...

When thoughts often turn to death

Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the Endgame. By Robert McCrum. Picador; 256 pages; £14.99.IN 1995, aged only 42, Robert McCrum had...

Humankind’s odd need to catch sharks

Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean. By Morten Stroksnes. Translated by...

Juha, the Middle East’s heroic everyman

WESTERN audiences have grown used to the marauding heroes of Arabic folklore. Characters like Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba instantly conjure images...

Locarno festival shows off the film industry’s creativity

IT IS a hub for films that wear the phrase “art-house” on their sleeve; its entries always test audiences with new forms or...

“The Glass Castle” deals in the contradictions of human nature

REAL LIFE is full of conflicts and dualities. Life, as often imagined by Hollywood, is not, which makes “The Glass Castle” a tricky...

How Charlotte Brontë came to write “Jane Eyre”

The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece. By John Pfordresher. W.W. Norton; 254 pages; $26.95; £20.CRITICS relish a...

Henry David Thoreau, a new biography

Henry David Thoreau: A Life. By Laura Dassow Walls. University of Chicago Press; 613 pages; $35 and £26.50.ON AN April night in 1844,...

Even with the ABBA format, penalty shootouts remain a lottery

ALTHOUGH social-media sites are usually ablaze with fury after a football cup final, it is rare that supporters on both sides direct their...
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