Joseph Brooker on America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s at the Royal Academy of Arts The Royal Academy of Arts’ exhibition of American paintings only occupies three large rooms, and even looking closely at much of the work I saw it all in
Martin Eve on The White Devil by John Webster at the Wanamaker Playhouse The White Devil is, by many standards of judgement, a pretty terrible play. It features a large cast of characters who appear and disappear extremely quickly, making it very difficult to follow.
Joseph Brooker on ‘Carol’, by Chuck Berry & Keith Richards Last month it was announced that Chuck Berry had died, aged 90. This was a passing I had often thought about in advance. I had thought about how someone as momentous, crucial and venerable as Berry was still
Caroline Edwards on Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts, 3 April 2017.
Caroline Edwards on Kim Stanley Robinson and Francis Spufford in conversation with Adam Roberts, 3 April 2017. A recent author event at Waterstones Piccadilly (Europe’s largest bookshop apparently) surpassed my expectations for the kinds of awkward conversations you often experience at meet-the-author readings. The first
Martin Eve on The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? This Saturday I saw the revival of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Although I was familiar with the problem play’s central conceit, this work still retains the power
Joseph Brooker on Eduardo Paolozzi at the Whitechapel Gallery The artist Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005), Edinburgh-born of Italian descent, was a pioneer of Pop Art. The Whitechapel Gallery is exhibiting his work (February to May 2017) in a major retrospective showing over 250 items. Paolozzi’s early
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
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. 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. 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