the shining girls

* Lauren Beukes – the South African Arthur C Clarke-award-winning author – releases her latest book, The Shining Girls in the US today. The novel, about a time-travelling serial killer in Chicago, has already racked up praise in the UK and  SA, where it released last week. I’ve brought my copy along for the flight back to New York, and I’m hooked too. Best you start now, if you haven’t already. Thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way and MRC, it’ll soon be developed into a TV series.

* The frontman of the Australian indigenous rock band Yothu Yindi has died, following a struggle with kidney disease. Yunupingu was a pioneering musician who created music that travelled across the seas – I remember pumping songs like Djäpana and Treaty when I was in primary school in Benoni. May he rest in peace.

* Oh, Michael Douglas. Fresh from his fantastic performance as Liberace in Cannes and on HBO, the actor is staying in the headlines – for other reasons. He told the Guardian newspaper that HPV, transmitted through oral sex, was responsible for his throat cancer. And then someone acting on his behalf, claimed he didn’t say this. The Guardian has backed up its story by posting the interview clip. At least we’re talking about the subject now, right? Er…

* Seems I’m not the only one to have been enjoying the Cambridge sunshine. Matt Damon and George Clooney were spotted at a sports facility in this English university country town, taking a break from filming their new movie, The Monuments Men, in nearby Duxford. Take a listen to the rest of the cast: John Goodman, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, Cate Blanchett…Can’t wait to see it!

* Another great cast assembled to make the music video for Vampire Weekend‘s new single Diane Young. Enjoy!

[Pic: laurenbeukes.com]