Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

Mark Lawson On either side of the Atlantic, two octogenarian grand masters of espionage fiction were on high form: John le Carré’s A Delicate Truth (Viking) and Charles McCarry’s The Shanghai Factor (Head of Zeus) dramatise the cumulative consequences of decades of spying and lying by the victors of the second world war. Drawing on […]

The Observer’s books of the year

Rachel CookeObserver critic and author The best novel I read, by a mile, was Tessa Hadley’s Clever Girl (Cape), which tells the story of one woman’s life from hardscrabble start in a Bristol bedsit to more affluent middle age. It’s so finely worked, like emotional needlepoint, though she handles time masterfully, too. Stella, its heroine, […]

Bruce Springsteen Honored at Kennedy Center By Mellencamp, Vedder, Sting

The Kennedy Center Honors also featured Aretha Franklin paying tribute to Grace Bumbry, calling the mezzo-soprano singer “the hallmark of the true diva.” A tribute to Mel Brooks featured Jack Black singing in the Robin Hood role of Mel Brooks’ Men in Tights, as well as Harry Connick Jr., Frank Langella, Martin Short, Glee‘s Matthew […]

Kobe Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2018

He then went on to win the Oscar at the March 2018 ceremony, where he took to the stage to say, “As basketball players we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we’re doing much more than that.” Bryant was referencing controversial comments by Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham. He also thanked Williams, […]

Kobe Bryant’s Death Cuts Short a Promising Second Act in Entertainment

A few months into the production of “Muse,” Nevins recalls Bryant coming back to him with a flurry of questions about “Homeland,” “Ray Donovan” and other Showtime series. Later, he recalls watching Bryant in the editing room working with producers to fine-tune music cues in “Muse.” When it came time for marketing meetings to support […]

Rebuild trust between State, citizens | Opinion

After the violence in Uttar Pradesh and Mangalore, the agitators have now adopted a new tactic. They are putting young people and women at the forefront of the demonstrations, as they know that it is not easy to remove them forcibly. In the current age of rapid information flows, coercion cannot be hidden. It can, […]