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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

Joseph Brooker on H is for Hawk

Joseph Brooker on Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk  Helen Macdonald is a writer on ecology and the history of science affiliated to the University of Cambridge. She is also an experienced falconer, who grew up fascinated by birds of prey and learned to handle

Joseph Brooker on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize

Joseph Brooker on Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Every year the Nobel Prize for Literature generates speculation, lobbying and betting. Some names come up repeatedly. This time Haruki Murakami was said to be surging, before shares in Don DeLillo rose sharply. I saw someone remark online

Joseph Brooker on Ghostbusters (2016)

What is a ghost? Stephen said with tingling energy. One who has faded into impalpability through death, through absence, through change of manners. James Joyce, Ulysses Ghostbusters (1984) came from nowhere when I was a boy: a blockbuster whose scenario didn’t seem to resemble anything that

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