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Joseph Brooker on Stan & Ollie

Joseph Brooker on Stan & Ollie (2018) Turn to Hardy in any alphabetical order and you find: ‘See Stan Laurel’. David Thomson Stan & Ollie starts in 1937, with the duo near their commercial peak on the set of Way Out West. But this prologue is brief:

Joseph Brooker on Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know

Joseph Brooker on Colm Tóibín’s Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce (2018) Colm Tóibín’s short book collects three essays published in the London Review of Books, and before that delivered as the Richard Ellmann lectures in Modern Literature at Emory University in

Luke Williams on writing Diego Garcia

Luke Williams shares notes from his presentation for Research Day on writing Diego Garcia, a collaborative novel with Natasha Soobramanien. The provisional notes reflect that the novel is a work in progress, as well as the provisional nature of researching and writing in collaboration. Diego

Julia Bell & Jean McNeil (UEA) on Day for Night

Julia Bell & Jean McNeil (UEA) on Day for Night: Landscapes of Walter Benjamin at the Peltz Gallery The process of taking a photograph in the day and deliberately underexposing it so that it looks like night is a tricky technical process, but it produces

Joseph Brooker on A Taste of Honey

Joseph Brooker on a special screening of A Taste of Honey presented by Birds Eye View JO: I wonder if we ever catch up with ourselves? GEOF: I don’t know. JO: Now you’re a real Edwardian, aren’t you? GEOF: What’s that? JO: A proper Ted!

Fintan Walsh on Colored sculpture

Fintan Walsh on Colored sculpture by Jordan Wolfson at Tate Modern A puppet hangs in the air by chains. Its body is routinely hiked up and dropped with increasing degrees of force. It’s a puppet but it’s a boy puppet, or even the kind of

Julia Bell on Bluets

Julia Bell on Bluets It’s hard to tell you what Bluets by Maggie Neslon is – it’s not a novel, it’s certainly not a short story either, it’s perhaps creative non-fiction, yes, but it doesn’t conform to the usual narrative tropes – event though there