Culture Briefing— Global


All the new books, music and films that are keeping us entertained this month.

Brazil, Music, Portugal, Thailand, Books, Films, Novels

Thinking ahead

Popular decisions aren’t always an audience’s choice. by ROBERT BOUND

I’m in two minds about focus groups. Not in the way the punchline to the joke might go: should I listen to my gut instinct or attend to the views of a representation of a typical cross-section to see if they can help? It’s more that I just don’t know if I know, you know?

I just got back from Brazil, a place you might imagine to be the dictionary definition of free-spirited passionata tv programming. Down there, after all, telenovelas are a religion, the opium of the…


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