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Mark Blacklock on Roly Porter at Corsica Studios

Mark Blacklock on Roly Porter at Corsica Studios Two months ago I saw Roly Porter at Corsica Studios. I first heard Porter’s work when he was recording as one half of Vexd, a duo operating in the noisier, more adrenalized end of the dubstep spectrum,

Martin Eve on Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game.

Martin Eve on Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game This week, I’ve been reading Hermann Hesse’s final novel, The Glass Bead Game [1943; in translation to English], which I am ashamed to say that I had not read before (we’re all learning). Set in an unspecified

Joseph Brooker on reading the New Left Review

Joseph Brooker on reading the New Left Review. The New Left Review is a journal of leftist thought founded in the early 1960s. In 2000 it relaunched with a slightly different look – glossy, sleek, elegant, but still uniquely rigorous and austere. Not only does it

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This blog is about what the academic staff of the Department of English & Humanities at Birkbeck are reading, watching, thinking about. We will offer short reviews of what’s currently on our radar, from medieval studies to performance studies, from medical humanities to creative writing.