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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

Peter Fifield on Oxford, by Martin Parr

Peter Fifield on Oxford, by Martin Parr This exhibition occupies Blackwell Hall, the large foyer of the Bodleian’s Weston Library, which reopened in 2015 after a long and expensive refurbishment. I went here in a lunch break from my research in one of the other,

Martin Eve on ‘The Ferryman’

Professor Martin Paul Eve on The Ferryman Jez Butterworth’s previous play, Jerusalem, starring the irrepressible Mark Rylance, was a stage hit. After its gestation at the Royal Court, Jerusalem transferred to the West End and then to Broadway in the US, despite its main theme being

Isabel Davis on Yerma

Isabel Davis on Yerma Last year I queued along The Cut at the Young Vic Theatre for returns to see Yerma, an adaptation of the Federico García Lorca play by Simon Stone. There weren’t any. But this week I had the chance to see it