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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

Joseph Brooker on The Death of Stalin

Joseph Brooker on The Death of Stalin Armando Iannucci’s film The Death of Stalin (2017) seemed to me to come out of nowhere, though it’s based on a French comic strip that most of its British viewers will never have heard of before. We knew

Toby Litt on small white monkeys

Toby Litt on small white monkeys: on self-expression, self-help and shame by Sophie Collins, Book Works, November 2017 Could a book be more timely than this? Sophie Collins’ small white monkeys concerns ‘a traumatic experience, an instance of sexual assault,…’ The Twitter-based hashtag viral  movement

Russell Celyn Jones on the Hollywood soiree

Russell Celyn Jones on the Hollywood soiree Late this summer I was walking on Malibu beach outside of Los Angeles when I met my friend, the British novelist Helen Fielding.  If I was free that evening, she asked, would I care to go with her

Carolyn Burdett on The Work (2017)

Carolyn Burdett on The Work (2017) I’ve been interested in psychoanalysis for a long time. Freudian psychoanalysis, like literature, is committed to words, supremely interested not only in what is said but also in how it gets said. For Freud, the bodily symptom that makes

Joseph Brooker on The Tempest at the Barbican

Joseph Brooker on The Tempest at the Barbican Like many people I think of myself as revering William Shakespeare, and also imagine that I know the outline of his late play The Tempest (c.1611). But a few minutes into the current RSC production at the