Jia Tolentino: I like to write about instincts that are in some way good and in some way dangerous’

Hailed as the Joan Didion of our times informed, funny and fearless the New Yorkers Jia Tolentino is making sense of the world one essay at a time Until recently, one of New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentinos best-kept secrets was that she spent the summer of her 16th year filming a reality show called Girls v Boys: Puerto Rico. A cheerleader then, she got permission from her school, which was situated in the middle of a Texan megachurch so large they called it the Repentagon, by telling them shed be a light for Jesus, but on television. An essayist who explores what its like to live right now, no now, remains, at 30, rebellious and contradictory in ticklish ways. …

The Truce: how Primo Levi rediscovered humanity after Auschwitz

Shadows from the horrors told in If This Is a Man remain, but this book shows the author finding joy in ordinary life Nothing belongs to us any more; they have taken away our clothes, our shoes, even our hair; if we speak, they will not listen to us, and if they listen, they will not understand. They will even take away our name: and if we want to keep it, we will have to find our strength to do so, to manage somehow so that behind the name something of us, of us as we were, still remains. So Primo Levi describes the beginning of the process of the demolition of a man, the offence that Auschwitz inflicted on …

Pride and prejudice: the best books to help with coming out

An exquisite kiss from Virginia Woolf, hot skin from Carol Ann Duffy Charlotte Mendelson picks books to inspire LGBTQ readers Everyone needs books, particularly the newly gay. Books make us feel less alone, and there is nothing more strengthening than reflections of our own complicated selves. Yet most of the best books that might help with coming out are simply about the private yearnings we try to hide. Bookshops rainbow-jacketed YA fiction displays will change young lives; thank God for that. But all over the world there are women and men to whom exposure would mean imprisonment, disaster. For them, and all those who arent riotously born that way, great coming out books are often those whose protagonists come out …

Top 10 end-of-the-world novels

Fresh from writing his own first sci fi thriller, physicist and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili chooses favourite books that tackle the Earth in peril Having written a books, I decided three years ago to try my hand at fiction. How hard could it be, I reasoned arrogantly. Well, harder than I thought. But I enjoyed writing Margaret Atwoods In Sunfall, science is trying to save the world. So, here are my top 10 end-of-the-world science fiction books: 1. line on climate change, I cannot but admire the man who gave us the movie Westworld. And like much of his sci-fi work, The Andromeda Strain is a terrific thriller. 2. Moonseed by Stephen Baxter Baxter is a prolific British hard sci-fi writer …

Bret Easton Ellis is part dinosaur, part sage. Im intrigued | Suzanne Moore

He says the reaction to Trump is worse than Trump himself. He refuses to toe the liberal line on race and gender. Where do we position such a writer? If Patrick Bateman, the serial killer at the heart of American Psycho, were to venture on to Twitter, would all hell break loose? No. He would just be looking for celebity retweets like everyone else. I saw Bret Easton Ellis talking on stage of his creation, who still stalks him, the other day. He was louche and likable, an ageing enfant terrible, a literary man. Well, that is the version I saw, but he is as unreliable a narrator of his own life as Bateman is. Authors talks are always a …

Smooth, angry, cool, powerful: how we talk about blackness

Teacher and writer Jeffrey Boakye has encountered endless labels all of which have informed his experience of being black and British today. Here, he unpicks their meanings BLACK Ive been black since about 1988, when I was colouring in pictures of priests at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic primary school in Brixton Hill, south London. I remember it well. We were sharing tables and colouring pencils and I looked up to find that there were no more skin colour pencils available in the pencil pot. By skin colour, I mean a shade of pinkish beige that was a pretty spot-on facsimile of what we can call white, European skin. Caucasian colour. With a hint of tan. Tea with an overgenerous splash …

Funny peculiar: will Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker be the strangest DC movie yet?

Jokers teaser promises an absorbing origins story for Batmans nemesis. It remains to be seen how much of its twisted Gotham vision survives beyond a one-off outing There have been many Jokers in big screen history, and rarely have we needed to glean too much about their background. All we knew of Jack Nicholsons Jack Napier prior to his transformation into the clown prince of Gotham in 1989s Batman was that he was a second-rate hood with a weakness for statuesque blondes. Nobody ever asked if Napiers struggles with depression or psychosis contributed to his descent into cackling, bleachy-skinned madness we all took it for granted that falling into a vat of acid did the job all by itself. By …

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …

Ottessa Moshfegh: I erase the books I love from my mind its how I move on

The American novelist why she wishes she had written Lolita and having an existential crisis while reading Tuck Everlasting The book I am currently readingAn advanced copy of The White Devils Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Franciscos Chinatown by Julia Flynn Siler. The book that changed my lifeI cant really say. Maybe I am a bit too militant about detachment, but every time I love a book, my heart breaks for a few weeks, I tell a few people, and then I erase it from my mind. Its the only way I can move on. The book I wish Id writtenVladimir Nabokovs Tuck Everlasting in primary school. Its about a family that lives for ever. The last …

Lin-Manuel Miranda in talks for ‘Moana’ sequel

Where are my clothes again?Image: mashable composite:  To the stars and LeAnn Mueller Tom DeLonge is a mysterious man of many talents. A former member of Blink-182 and frontman of Angels & Airwaves, most know DeLonge as a as a kick-ass singer and songwriter. But he’s also an author, director, and entrepreneur who launched To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, an organization dedicated to exploring science and the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. And in case you missed it, DeLonge writes children’s books now, too. The 43-year-old’s latest book for kids, Who Here Knows Who Took My Clothes?, is surprisingly advanced in the sense that it’s about a grown ass naked man.  If that somewhat puzzling description captured …