Solitary confinement: the pain of living alone in lockdown
One of the greatest cruelties brought on by the pandemic is the enforced isolation of those locked down alone without any human contact
“Maybe everybody in the whole damn world is scared of each other.” When John Steinbeck wrote this line, in his 1937 novel Of Mice and Men, he was writing about another global tragedy: the Great Depression, which financially and socially devastated the United States, followed by the rest of the world, in the 1930s.
The conditions his characters were subjected to – the vast expanse of economic hardship and the isolation it begets –...
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Album reviews: Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Imelda May and London Grammar
Folk songs by way of North Carolina and Limerick, a new album from the Liberties singer/songwriter and an electronic/pop trio’s third record are all reviewed this week
Rhythm Nation: Sam Rasmussen of the Paper Kites selects the playlist
The Australian indie folk-rocker pick the tunes that have inspired him
Classical Notes: Veronica Dunne leaves a noble legacy to young singers
The internationally renowned opera singer’s spirit will live on through the countless young singers she helped to develop down the years
Getting schooled by Grammar: Hannah Reid interviewed
After years of feeling belittled in a predominantly male business, Hannah Reid decided enough was enough and, with her band London Grammar, has produced a record that confronts sexism in the music industry