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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.

Martin Eve on Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Martin Eve on Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre The reviews were mixed and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Two men sitting on a sheet of ice, fishing and talking. For that is the plot of Nice Fish almost in its entirety, which

Martin Eve on The Man Who Knew Infinity

Professor Martin Eve on The Man Who Knew Infinity On a flight to Kansas this week, where I was participating in a scholarly communications symposium, I watched The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016); a dramatisation of the life of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan as