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Backstory: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin’ in the Rain turns 70 this year and although the reviews were good, no one expected it to become known as a classic. Photo: Gene Kelly in…

What is Fentanyl and Why is it Sometimes So Dangerous

Backstory: Fentanyl is a legal, synthetic opioid, but mixed with street drugs, two grains could mean the difference between life and death Photo: Fentanyl graphic. (DEA/MGN) 04 April…

Ukraine: Bringing the World Stories from a War Zone

A collection of articles about covering the war from OpenDemocracy, Reporters without Borders and Sky News Photo: March 2022: Journalists cover a Russian attack on Kyiv | (c) Abaca…

Backstory: Lenny Bruce at Carnegie Hall

Some people are critical of the Lenny Bruce ‘character’ on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and I have to admit that it is a bit odd that the lead…

Backstory: A Short History of Faces

Faces: Kenney Jones | Ronnie Wood  |Ian McLagan  | Rod Stewart | Ronnie Lane | Say no more The Faces perform in Detroit, Michigan, September 6, 1972. Faces were an English…

The Art of Psychogeography: How Places Make us Feel

Psychogeography describes the effect of a geographical location on the emotions and behaviour of individuals Photo: Constant (Constant A. Nieuwenhuys) Tate London 25 March 2022 | James Porteous…

Backstory: Why is modern ‘war coverage’ so confusing?

We trace the path from actual ‘war correspondents’ to our rather odd, antiseptic, human-interest version of ‘war.’ Photo: Screenshot: Opening Night of Shock and Awe – CNN 16…

Backstory: Ukraine’s ‘International Peacekeeping and Security Center’

The attack on the base in Western Ukraine was not ‘random,’ and it surely must have been considered a likely target Photo: Ukrainian soldiers and American National Guard…

Hair: The musical that ‘changed theatre forever’

On 27 September 1968, with the opening of Hair, the curtain fell on centuries of theatre censorship. Photo: 27 September 2018 | Sarah Lee | BBC News On…

John Milton sells the copyright to Paradise Lost for £10 (1667)

John Milton was an anarchist, didn’t believe in the Trinity and wrote pamphlets about the merits of divorce, and wrote Paradise Lost “I don’t believe any of you…

Grateful Dead: The Beauty and the Chaos of ‘Europe ’72’

What on earth were they thinging? A 43-person ‘tour family,’ 22 shows across Europe. Who knows. But thank god they did. Photo: Europe ’72 LP, Warner Bros. Records….

Backstory: The UK’s Troubles ‘Amnesty’

A series of articles discussing what some are calling the UK’s “de facto amnesty” for those involved in Troubles-related killings. Northern Secretary says proposals are ‘painful recognition of…

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