INTERVIEW: SAMANTHA BEE
For late-night US comedians, the current White House administration is the gift that keeps on giving. One of those leading the charge against Trump is whip-smart comic Samantha Bee, whose Full Frontal show is a no-holds-barred assault on the president, the media and a host of other targets. In this week’s Sunday Business Magazine, she tells Marion McKeone in Washington DC why comedians must continue needling away at the White House in this golden age for satire. “We need catharsis,” as Bee puts it. “We need a space to see things through a different filter.”
SUMMER READING: HOLIDAY HITLIST
Summer is the perfect time to lose yourself in a good book. Whether you’re heading to foreign climes or simply relaxing in your back garden hoping to catch a few rays, breaks from work and school bring with them valuable hours away from your computer screen. This Sunday, Nadine O’Regan and Andrew Lynch select the best books - from fiction and biography to culture and children’s books - to help you while away a long afternoon, as well as those best avoided.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
A major new Pink Floyd retrospective opens tomorrow at London’s V&A, and in this week’s Magazine, Ros Drinkwater talks to the man behind the iconic artwork synonymous with the band. Creative director of the Pink Floyd Exhibition Aubrey Powell says: “I never imagined that our work would have any significance or importance, culturally or historically.” Tomorrow, his many creations, including the Saucerful of Secrets and The Division Bell album covers, form part of this chronological take on Pink Floyd’s visual footprint, running from 1964 through to 2014. A behind the scenes insight into a significant exhibition, read Drinkwater’s feature this weekend.
ZEITGEIST: SHAPING UP NICELY
Catherine Healy, like thousands of others across the country, is in training for the Women’s Mini Marathon. With just over three weeks left until the big day, our red-faced correspondent regales us with tales of cramps, sweat and breathless ecstasy as she rediscovers the joys of exercise, and learns that slow and steady ultimately wins the race. “When I join the army of women at the starting line on June 5,” she writes on Sunday, “I’ll do so in celebration of my body, of all of our bodies and everything they’ve gotten us through.”