5 Things Every Man Should Know About This Week

Our cultural(ish) map to the next 7 days.

Our cultural(ish) map to the next 7 days...

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MOVIE: Suicide Squad

Could go either way, this one.


We're as chuffed as anyone to watch an army of eye-meltingly beautiful A-listers let off heavy artillery for 130 minutes – but we fear the whole thing could end up on the wrong side of Deadpool in the cringe stakes.


According to rumours, Warner Bros re-shot the movie in reaction to Ryan Reynold's sassy blockbuster in a bid to make it funnier, so expect wisecracks every few milliseconds. And let's not even get started on the Joker's emo-inspired "Damaged" tattoo.


But it's a big hulking talking point, and really – what else are you going to blather on about in the office next week? Brexit? You've exhausted that mate, and everyone knows it.

BOOK: Drama in the Bahamas: Muhammad Ali's Last Fight

You've read 'The Fight', right? Norman Mailer's seminal seventies account of Muhammad Ali's against-all-odds triumph over George Foreman in Zaire? It's one of the greatest insights you can get into the dazzling mind of boxing's favourite son. It is Ali at his most captivating and defiant.


Needless to say, this month's release, 'Drama in the Bahamas: Muhammad Ali's Last Fight', will be a less joy-giving read. Dave Hannigan tells the poignant and troubling story behind Ali's last fight at the age of 40, wings cut and sting blunt, boxing far beyond his peak.

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COMEDY: David Cross: Making America Great Again

David Cross, of Arrested Development fame, issues a strong polemic (or should that be 'lolemic'?) (no it should not) against Donald Trump in this politics-flavoured stand-up show.


Cross is a bit of a veteran on the stand-up scene. He's been a big deal since the late nineties, and his shows are always reliable knee slap-worthy. Catch it on Netflix this week.

ALBUM: Dinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Yes, Dinosaur Jr. are still chugging along. And what's more, against all logic, they're actually still quite good.


'Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not' is their first release since 2012's 'I Bet On The Sky', and they're setting off on a UK tour on 14 November.


But don't worry about catching them this time, because they're going to be around forever. Long after we've all perished. After the air has turned nuclear green, and nothing but cockroaches roam our scorched Earth, Dinosaur Jr. will still be there, jamming, ready to release yet another album.

And it will still be quite good.

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BOOK: Paper Lion

Late American journalist George Plimpton was the glorious forefather of all of those 'I ate nothing but tanning moisturiser for three months'-type articles you see on the internet nowadays.


He invented "participatory journalism" long before Hunter S. Thompson, trading blows with world champion boxer Archie Moore and playing quarterback for the Detroit Lions, amongst other incredible stories.


The man had balls of steel. And now, for the first time, six of George Plimpton's books will be available in the UK. We recommend starting out with Paper Lion.