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Joseph Brooker on SS-GB

Joseph Brooker on SS-GB In a self-referential high point of Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle (1962), two characters debate whether a fiction depicting an ‘alternate present’ belongs to the science fiction genre, unaware that they are in a novel of alternate

Daragh Carville rewatches The Godfather

Rewatching The Godfather On Saturday March 11 I went to see The Godfather at the London Palladium – with a live orchestra accompaniment – in the company of my son. It’s a film I’ve seen many times, a film I use as a touchstone in

Isabel Davis on the Journals of Angela Carter at the British Library

Isabel Davis on the Journals of Angela Carter at the British Library. Angela Carter kept journals from 1961 until her death in 1991. These are all archived, with others of Carter’s papers – drafts of her works, correspondence and photographs – at the British Library.

Joseph Brooker on St Joan at the Donmar Warehouse

  Joseph Brooker on St Joan at the Donmar Warehouse. Saint Joan (1923) is among the most celebrated works by the Dublin-born playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950). The play was recently staged at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden, directed by Josie Rourke and with Gemma

Joseph Brooker on La La Land

Dr Joseph Brooker on La La Land I don’t love the phrase La La Land itself, but I have come to think this is a very good title, meaning: Fantasy – the film is a fantasy: it’s not going to be naturalism: people are going to burst

Caroline Edwards at the Royal Academy, ‘Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932’

Caroline Edwards at the Royal Academy’s new exhibition, “Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932” One hundred years after the Russian Revolution of 1917, London’s Royal Academy is staging an exhibition of the idealistic early years of Russian avant-garde art,  “Revolution, Russian Art 1917-1932” (11 February-17 April 2017). In presenting

Joseph Brooker on Jonathan Coe, The Rain Before it Falls

Dr Joseph Brooker on Jonathan Coe, The Rain Before It Falls The Rain Before It Falls (2007) becomes a kind of historical novel, but starts with what proves to be a frame narrative in the 2000s. Upon the death of her aunt Rosamond, Gill finds that

Joseph Brooker on Eimear McBride in conversation with Jacqueline Rose

Dr Joseph Brooker on Eimear McBride in conversation with Jacqueline Rose On 25th January 2017 the acclaimed novelist Eimear McBride came to Birkbeck for a public conversation with Professor Jacqueline Rose, co-director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities. One of the college’s largest lecture

Anna Hartnell on The Inauguration of Donald Trump

Dr Anna Hartnell on the Inauguration of Donald Trump Donald Trump’s inaugural address was always going to be ugly. His campaign speeches may have been successful at rallying crowds, but he is no great orator, and a bit of poison and malice is standard fare.