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THE SKINNY: NOVEMBER 2017

Run the Jewels, Camara Taylor, Living in Copenhagen, Spinning Coin, Karine Polwart, French Film Festival, Samuel R Delaney, Thundercat, Joachim Trier, Eliza Hittmann and more...

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Once again stuck for inspiration to kick off my editorial, I ask the room for help. Here is a selection of their typically helpful suggestions, presented without comment.
“Why don’t you construct it entirely from Carrie Bradshaw quotes? ‘Being editor-in-chief of The Skinny got me thinking…’ or ‘And I couldn’t help but wonder, are all Ed Sheeran songs the worst?’”
“What happens in November? Bonfire night! Remember, remember, it’s November.”
“If you want the cheapest, most cliché way to go into an editorial you could say ‘It’s a year since Trump was elected'.”

So anyway, on the cover this month you will find Jeremy Corbyn faves Run the Jewels, interviewed all the way back in June all the way away in Barcelona. The recording was so precious it was backed up five times across several different devices to make sure it would survive to transcription and publishing. Killer Mike and El-P discuss advocacy and alliance, while emphasising the importance of keeping the personal in artistry. "I feel it’s just as important to talk about my dick as it is to talk about police brutality," says El-P.

In other Music news we meet Glasgow’s Spinning Coin, launching debut album Permo which takes its name from Limmy’s permanent trip chat. Karine Polwart introduces Pocket of Wind Resistance, the album companion to her Edinburgh Festival show; Thundercat aka Stephen Bruner discusses our utopian dystopian present and new album Drunk, while producer James Holden explains why he’s formed a band for new Moroccan Gnawa-influenced album The Animal Spirits. Jonnie Common explains how he has made music based on the sounds of the McManus Gallery up in Dundee, while BDY_PRTS introduce their long-awaited debut album.

In Film, we meet Joachim Trier, the Norwegian director who this month releases Thelma, a psychological thriller about a teen with telekinetic abilities. Eliza Hittman introduces Beach Rats, her second film which explores a Brooklyn teen’s struggles with his sexuality, and fellow New Yorker Benny Safdie talks about casting Robert Pattinson in his latest, Good Time.

In Art, we talk to Camara Taylor ahead of their new Many exhibition, talking about the importance of diverse representation in the Scottish cultural sphere. Arika are returning once again with another challenging programme of provocations – we meet American sci-fi author Samuel Delany to talk race, radicalism and the rise of the right wing. In the Showcase, stand-out GSA graduate Anna Wachsmuth presents her degree show work Reise Nach Jerusalem, a considered meditation on nationhood, alienation and complicity.

It’s a bittersweet moment in Books this month as section editor Alan takes a bow in his last month in post. His last hurrah sees him offer up a re-assessment of Knausgård’s widely panned new series, and a celebration of a previously unknown American prison poet Ed ‘Foots’ Lipmann. Head to the website to read Alan’s extended interview with Jarett Kobek discussing Trump, Twitter and his new novel The Future Won’t Be Long.

In Travel, we continue our bid to provide you with the tools to run away to pastures new with a guide to setting up life in Copenhagen. Don’t be put off by word of Danish sounding like it’s spoken through a potato. Theatre looks forward to this year’s Chrysalis festival of youth theatre, while Comedy bids a fond farewell to Sean Hughes.

Our Scottish design series continues with a focus on weave and knitwear, an area where Scotland excels (but we don’t really like to mention it – leave it to the fashion houses of London and Paris to celebrate our output). Turn to the inside back for a display of rare beauty and skill.

Finally, it is my sad duty to bid farewell to both Alan and events editor Kate, who's leaving the office (but keeping on the Intersections editor role) on a jaunt around the world to, like, smash the patriarchy or something. Bye guys, we will all miss you terribly. You can see our goodbye Spot the Difference to the pair of them on this spread. [Rosamund West]

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