(2:05) On Kanye West
If you’ve really been living under a rock, here’s Kanye’sTwitter feed. Beware all ye who enter here!!!!!!!
Stream the now-released album on Tidal. (You can get a free trial.)
Pitchfork’s excellent review.
Anna’s piece about resentfully trekking over to Hackney to watch the album launch.
(11:50) On Men at War
Our colleague Barbara’s excellent piece on Roosh V.
(25:10) On Ali Smith
The collection’s first story, which features this quote we mentioned:
In Shakespeare, the word stone can also mean a mirror. The word pebble has, in its time, also meant a lens made of rock crystal and a sizeable amount of gunpowder. The word mundane comes from mundus, the Latin word for the world. At one time the word cheer seems to have meant the human face. The word last is a very versatile word. Among other more unexpected things - like the piece of metal shaped like a foot which a cobbler uses to make shoes - it can mean both finality and continuance, it can mean the last time and something a lot more lasting than that.
To conclude once held the meaning to enclose. To tell has at different times meant the following: to express in words, to narrate, to explain, to calculate, to count, to order, to give away secrets, to say goodbye. To live in clover means to live luxuriously, in abundance.
The Guardian review Caroline mentioned.
If you’d like to cry with joy at all the beauty and humanity on this strange little planet, try reading Smith’s love letter to John Berger.
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