4 September 2020 #619



“Whoooooaa…” In 1989, with one throaty exclamation, a new pop-culture icon was born: Ted “Theodore” Logan was the role that it took to blast Keanu Reeves into the stratosphere. Now, some 30 years later, Bill & Ted is back – and Keanu’s star is burning bright. In this edition, writer Laura Kelly looks at the cult of Keanu, the anti-movie star who’s become a poster-boy for kindness and down-to-earth decency.

Plus, we discover Keanu’s words to live by: “It’s always nice to open your eyes every morning and see the world – it all seems so simple! That’s why I frequently use an expression that I like very much, and which gives me peace of mind: ‘I’m happy to be here.’ That enormous sense of gratitude is enough for me – I don’t need to surround myself with a lot of objects and possessions to feel that way.”

Also in this edition:

• We go inside the mind-bending world of Christopher Nolan’s new sci-fi spy thriller Tenet, with its star John David Washington.

• Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker reveals his teenage manifesto for world pop domination, his love of duffle coats and the joy in meeting his musical heroes in his Letter to My Younger Self.

• Australia’s most enduring songwriter Paul Kelly is the subject of a definitive new biography by his former manager and respected music writer Stuart Coupe, who talks to us about the man and the music.

• In The Big Picture, we visit the Tokyo home of geisha Ikuko, and discover the centuries-old traditions of geisha are under threat from the pandemic.

• We chat to Irish post-punks Fontaines DC about their new album A Hero’s Welcome, their “undying ambition” and why they’re no longer holding poetry readings together.

• In celebration of Father’s Day, writers Vin Maskell and Fatima Measham share their stories and the legacies of their dads.

• In Tastes Like Home, Emma Warren shares her recipe for Pyrenees Bubble & Squeak – a potato, cabbage and bacon mash-up that transports her from childhood to Spain and back home again.

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