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THE SKINNY: November 2019
There was an exciting five minute period in mid-September when we thought this editorial would be brought to you by Björk. Sadly it's come to absolutely nothing, and could arguably have been caused by some sort of mass hallucination in The Skinny office. It seemed important to share, though, that somewhere in our imaginations there is a copy of The Skinny November issue entirely guest edited by everyone’s favourite Icelander. It probably looks a lot like this edition, just with a different introduction.
As you will see from this month’s real, beautiful, autumnal cover, for November we open with an interview with Free Love aka newly married duo Suzi and Lewis Cook. Their album Luxury Hits was a big... er… hit with The Skinny team – they’ve had a massive year capped off with last month’s SAY Award nomination. We drop by their Glasgow flat-slash-recording studio to hear about their focus on community and human connection, and find out how they’re using their SAY nomination money to further develop their projects.
Next, Music talks to Malcolm MIddleton in his Human Don’t Be Angry guise, this month releasing Guitar Variations and dropping more hints of an Arab Strap reunion in the future. The somewhat mysterious Cloth discuss their eponymous debut, launching with a single November date at the CCA. We also have words with reclusive electronic producer and performer Edwin Organ, SKOOP Records' co-founder Tzusan, and low-key folk legend and cello phenomenon Sarah McWhinney, aka Swampy Cello, who has spent a lot of time in caves. Björk would definitely have been into her.
Film is having a particularly star-studded month off the back of a summer of film festival globe trotting. First up, Timothée Chalamet, interviewed upon a private Venetian island reachable only by water taxi, here to discuss his role as Henry V in The King. Next, Adam Driver, discussing his role in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story alongside his propensity to work with the world’s greatest living directors. Both interviews were conducted by our Film editor, who brought back the surprising news that each star is around his height. Minds were blown.
Art meets Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa whose ten year long project Uganda in Black and White has been exploring the myriad misrepresentations and fantasies that have been projected onto Uganda by colonising influences. She is displaying this fascinating project in Collective Gallery in Edinburgh throughout the month. Artist Basma alSharif introduces her CCA show A Philistine, which undoes political borders in the Middle East, and reimagines possible pasts and futures. As Arika return with another of their intermittent Episodes, we meet the avant garde programmers to find out more about their latest exploration of maths, physics and radical politics.
In Books, Andre Aciman discusses Find Me, his follow-up to Call Me By Your Name. It’s Books editor Heather’s last month before she heads off on maternity leave, with cover provided by Intersections’ Katie Goh. By way of a fade in / handover we have a piece on the Scottish BAME Writers’ Network in Intersections, alongside a consideration of the politics behind fire disasters in Scotland and the Amazon and how they are interlinked.
Theatre meets some of the emergent playwrights bringing work to the Traverse stage in the First Stages Festival, and talks to Katherina Radeva about Fallen Fruit, her solo show about her childhood in Communist Bulgaria. Comedy discusses joy with Suzi Ruffell, and gives you a rundown on how to see gigs on a budget. In Clubs we meet duo Giant Swan, and continue to profile some of Scotland’s independent labels with a look at the people behind Glasgow’s Craigie Knowes. Food takes a cold hard look at sensationalist marketing in the drinks and… washing powder industries before offering a guide to shopping like a Michelin-starred chef in your local area. Turns out vegetables are key to high level cooking. Björk would have told you this too. [Rosamund West]