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A new biography of Muhammad Ali

Ali: A life.authorBy Jonathan Eig.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 630 pages; $30. Simon & Schuster;. Buy from Amazon.co.uk (ISBN=unknown) HE OFTEN claimed to be the greatest of all time, and he was right. Only a handful of athletes reach the pinnacle of their discipline. A couple of those have done so with …

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Zaryadye Park in Moscow is an architectural triumph

IT IS one of the largest architectural projects to be completed in Moscow since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the first major public park to open in the city in 50 years. Zaryadye Park, 13 hectares of green space in the heart of the Russian capital, opened to …

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Not just another film about Jane Goodall

IN 1960 Jane Goodall moved to Tanzania to study chimpanzees. She was only 26 years old; her credentials consisted of a love of animals and a secretarial qualification. The first of “Leakey’s angels” (also known as “the trimates”)—Ms Goodall was one of three women encouraged by Louis Leakey, a renowned …

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Annie Baker is a master of loaded silences

MOST playwrights are judged by their words—the swordplay of dialogue that animates their work. For Annie Baker, the drama is in her silences. Long stretches of charged silence fill her plays, lighting up the spaces between sentences. They make awkward moments ever so slightly more awkward; quiet moments more noisily …

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Bosnia’s stand-ups jest about genocide

A SREBRENICA widow is asked to identify her husband’s body. It is not the most promising start to a joke, but Navid Bulbulija, sipping Coca-Cola outside a café in Sarajevo, less than two minutes’ walk from the city’s Srebrenica Massacre Memorial Museum, continues anyway. “The problem is that the mass …

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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 …