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What can we learn from Marie Stopes's 1918 book Married Love?

A century on, its overheated language can seem quaint, but the book was a pioneering attempt to tackle a problem that is still unsolved Love guru … Marie Stopes. Photograph: PA “More than ever today are happy homes needed,” declared crafty Marie Carmichael Stopes in the very first sentence of her sex manual Married Love, …

Fifty Shades Freed ties up top spot at UK box office

The third instalment takes the franchise over $1bn worldwide, while The Greatest Showman appears set to overtake La La Land as biggest-grossing original musical Performing well … Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Freed. Photograph: Doane Gregory/Universal The winner: Fifty Shades Freed Universal is celebrating cracking $1bn worldwide with its Fifty Shades franchise. …

TS Eliot's The Waste Land remains one of the finest reflections on mental illness ever written

The poet’s modernist masterpiece gathered fragments of an arduous life, some of which can be traced to a seafront shelter in Margate Connecting Nothing with Nothing … The Nayland Rock shelter in Margate, where TS Eliot wrote some of The Waste Land. Photograph: Phil Houghton In 1921, having taken time off from his job at …

Memento Mori is brilliantly sharp, but it is it too cruel?

Muriel Spark’s tale of decrepit characters being rudely reminded of their mortality has been branded ‘gerontophobic’. But it is wickedly entertaining In the aftermath of a military triumph, victorious generals of the Roman republic would celebrate in style. Heading a parade of his army, a train of captives and accumulated booty, the general wore a …

Does Venom's weak trailer spell box-office ruin for the Spider-Man spin-off?

Sony has provoked fury among fans by releasing the first teaser for the Tom Hardy-starring superhero movie – with no sign of Venom in it Fiendishly determined … Tom Hardy in the Venom trailer. Photograph: Sony Pictures What’s the toughest job in film? Some might argue that actors face the most Sisyphean of tasks in …

The 'Sexism in Magic: The Gathering' Reading List

“You don’t look like a Magic player,” a familiar comment to women in the Magic: The Gathering gaming community, is also the title of a Metafilter post (by user Fizz) compiling six pieces on gender and sexism among the game’s players and creators. The quoted pieces address issues of in-person sexism, gender and identity representation, …

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr Photograph: Kayleigh Marquis/GuardianWitness Contribute with Guardian Witness Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s our roundup of your comments and photos from last week. “Winter getting you down?” asks playitagainstu. “Need an …

Poem of the week: The Housewife by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Carol Rumens’s poem of the week At the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act that paved the way for universal suffrage, this ringing, turn-of-the-century denunciation of domestic servitude has not lost its bite ‘Bound with the bands of Duty, rivetted tight’ … Charlotte Perkins Gilman, circa 1896. Photograph: Fotosearch/Getty Images The HousewifeHere …

Late-night hosts on Rob Porter: 'Alleged adult-in-the-room John Kelly ignored it'

Comics, including Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, and Seth Meyers, discussed the domestic abuse allegations against Rob Porter and Omarosa’s appearance on Celebrity Big Brother Trevor Noah: ‘If your job is to bring reading materials to a guy who doesn’t read, then that’s not much of a job.’ Photograph: YouTube Late-night hosts discussed the domestic violence …