Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in years the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Miley Cyrus, among others. Christine and the Queens returns for her second Glastonbury, having provided a flash of European optimism with her debut at the 2016 festival, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Quick guide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? Show Hide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? The first “Glastonbury festival” was staged by the then 34-year-old Photograph: Guy …

Have podcasts sold out?

They used to be the Wild West, DIY and free for all, but now the big boys have arrived and theyre pushing us to pay. Heres how podcasts went from punk to mega bucks All you need to make it in podcasting is an idea, a laptop and a microphone. At least, thats been the received wisdom since the medium began its current boom six or seven years ago: its an inherently amateur, democratised means of communication, with the vast majority available for free. But is all that changing? Last week saw the launch of Luminary, a podcast platform with $100m of venture capital funding behind it, and deals already signed with Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan …

Why are New Yorks bookstores disappearing?

The city that produced so many authors is losing its bookshops to pressure from Amazon, changing reading habits and skyrocketing rents Like payphones, typewriter repair shops and middle-class housing, bookstores are a vanishing presence in New York City. In 1950, Manhattan had 386 bookstores, Book Row, a stretch of Fourth Avenue between Union Square and Astor Place that no longer afford its rent, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the play Hamilton, likely close when its lease expired. In response, loyal customers flooded the shop with orders, and someone organised a it was cause for panic, not celebration. Owner Nancy Bass Wyden is lobbying against the proposal because she says it will make maintenance costs prohibitively expensive. I just want the city …

Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exploded into our living rooms with Fleabag, her vicious comedy about an angry, awkward woman. As it returns, Guardian writers pick their TV heroines Shonda Rhimes Who gets to be the bitch? This woman is such a rarity she is basically a unicorn. Shonda Rhimes is a black single mother who began as a freelance scriptwriter and struck gold in Hollywood when she created soapy medical drama Greys Anatomy, whose riotous success (15 seasons and counting), together with that of her political drama Scandal, made her one of the most powerful players in the business. She has her own production company called Shondaland and, most recently, scored a $150m deal with Netflix. Rhimes is a born storyteller, but …

A salesman tried to dupe Twain. His response? A turn-of-the-century burn of the century.

via The Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons Prostitution may be the “world’s oldest profession,” but quackery can’t be too far behind. In the 19th century, American medical doctors began to take a scientific approach to practicing medicine, but it didn’t stop the growing number of con artists pushing fake medical cures, elixirs, tonics, and serums across the countryside. These traveling sales people would set up tents and make fire-and-brimstone speeches touting the unbelievable benefits of their products that were said to cure everything from tuberculosis to baldness. These displays were often accompanied by confidence tricks and fake testimonials. via Carol M. Highsmith/Wikimedia commons By the time the people who bought the medicine realized it was fake, the con artists were off …

40 Comics That I Made To Show The Differences And Similarities Between Chinese And Western Cultures

check it out). During the past year, besides cultural differences, I also realized the cultural connections and universal values we all share as people across cultures.  reply View More Replies… #2 What are you talking about when you say something is big or small? “A big house” in the U.K.may not mean the same thing as in the U.S.; “Not many people” in China may not mean the same thing as in Norway; “Too cold” in France may not mean the same thing as in Russia. It’s the reference point you are talking about. I recently realized that I tend to change the portion size of different meals as I travel from one country to another. This is all personal …