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Colin Kaepernick files a claim against NFL owners for collusion

COLIN KAEPERNICK has been unemployed since March. A quarterback in America’s National Football League (NFL), Mr Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl during his first season as a starter in 2012. But he only gained broader notoriety last year, when he began kneeling when the national …

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The first biography of George Martin, the Beatles’ only producer

IN MODERN music, rock bands change producers every other album to aid in finding a new sound, and hip-hop artists use different producers on every other track. But throughout their eight-year recording career, the Beatles only had one producer: George Martin. What was it about him that allowed him to …

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Rethinking free speech on campus

Free Speech on Campus. By Sigal Ben-Porath. University of Pennsylvania Press. 128 pages; $19.96 and £15.99. INCITEMENT to violence is one of few exceptions the Supreme Court has carved out from America’s most celebrated constitutional right: the right to free speech. But on today’s college campuses, struggles over speech extend …

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In “Rest”, Charlotte Gainsbourg explores the sharp edges of grief

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG is full of nervous energy, switching from sitting on the sofa to the floor, pouring streams of green tea. It has been nearly eight years since the release of her last studio album, the critically acclaimed “IRM”, and her long hair has since been lopped off into a …

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Unorthodox advice for rescuing a marriage

The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work. By Eli Finkel. Dutton; 352 pages; $28. The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity. By Esther Perel. Harper; 336 pages; $26.99. Yellow Kite; £14.99. FOR Eli Finkel, the rise of speed dating was almost too good to be true. A psychologist at Northwestern …

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Vermeer was brilliant, but he was not without influences

JOHANNES VERMEER’S depictions of contemplative moments in serene Dutch interiors have made viewers lean in and gasp for centuries. Only 34 paintings out of a total of no more than 50 have survived, and there are no extant diaries or letters to reveal the intimate chambers of his own life. …

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Optimism has made wars likelier and bloodier

The Future of War: A History. By Lawrence Freedman. PublicAffairs; 400 pages; $30. Allen Lane; £25. THIS is not really a book about the future of warfare, with all that might imply in terms of exotic technologies that will transform not only the character of war, but, some believe, even …

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The book that foresaw the assault on the Rohingyas

Personae non gratae in Myanmar Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim “Other”. By Francis Wade. Zed Books; 280 pages, $24.95 and £14.99. THE gradual implosion of an autocracy can open up a dangerous void. In Myanmar, on a fragile path of democratisation after nearly half …

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Explaining the Finnish love of tango

THE land of a thousand lakes plays host to all manner of quirky pastimes. Competitive berry pickers flocked to Suomussalmi in 2016 for the World Championships. Annual wife-carrying contests take place in Sonkajarvi. Mosquito swatting (as many killed as possible in five minutes) is a popular competition in Pelkosenniemi. A …

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Amadou & Mariam are as experimental—and as political—as ever

THEY were once called the “blind couple of Mali”, having first met at the country’s Institute for the Young Blind. Now their first names—“Amadou & Mariam”—are all that is needed. The musical duo have come a long way, both geographically and musically, since 1980 when they first started blending Mariam’s …