Now at least, we know the precise date of the “again” in Trump’s catchphrase. And he was right in at least one sense: Gone With the Wind signified the peak of Hollywood greatness. Adjusted for inflation, it remains the highest grossing movie of all time, and the most watched at the cinema. It enabled Hattie McDaniel to become the first actor of colour to win an Oscar. But for the Maga crowd, Gone With the Wind is a double dose of nostalgia. It harks back to a Hollywood golden age where issues of representation, racism, diversity and sexism were never discussed, and its story harks back to an even earlier age where slavery existed. Those were the days. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Oscars rant? He just wants Hollywood to see he’s a star
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We also get D’Souza interviewing Richard Spencer. The white supremacist is there so D’Souza can ask him leading questions, in a comically unconvincing attempt to make him and his fellow Nazis sound un-conservative. (D’Souza also compares Spencer to Malcolm X for some reason.) Thing is, D’Souza’s not really trying to convince anyone who doesn’t already agree with him. He knows how to play his supporters, how to hoodwink the gullible. When his critics call out his falsehoods, all he’ll do is cry about it on social media, make it sound like the media is persecuting him. For D’Souza, the Trump age and its record number of suckers must make him feel like a kid in a candy store. And yet he’s never been more mad, or made less sense. … [Read more...] about Death of a Nation: more angry nonsense from Trump’s favorite film-maker
Posting on Instagram, the blogger revealed she wanted to repay her relative for her generosity, saying: 'Today I decided to do the same for her, one of many surprises for our trip to London this weekend.' … [Read more...] about Fashion blogger melts hearts as she shares snaps of girls day out with her grandmother after surprising her by hiring a limo to recreate a favourite childhood memory
Have you talked this through with your children? Is there any sign of so-called scarring or enduring worries and questions from them? If there is any sign of lingering distress from them – apart from the natural mourning of their auntie – then talk about it with them and ask advice from a GP. … [Read more...] about Ask Anne Diamond: I’m facing a fallout with my husband for taking the kids to a funeral
Then there are the books that slipped between the historical cracks. Sid Chaplin’s The Day of the Sardine (1961), about a disaffected young man coming of age in the coal-mining north-east, was typical of the 1950s-60s wave of “Angry Young Man” novels. Ann Quin’s mordant, creepy novel Berg (1964) was praised in its day as presenting “a working-class voice from England quite unlike any other” – but Quin was too avant garde for mainstream acceptance. Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls (1960) gave voice to an emerging Irish sensibility – but O’Brien was usually pressed into representing her country rather than her generation. At least Rooney has managed to evade that responsibility. … [Read more...] about Is being the ‘voice of a generation’ a curse or an honour for novelists?