Arts

Cathedral of the Pines

If you happen to be around London over the next couple of months, I’d highly recommend going to The Photographers’ Gallery near Oxford Street to catch this (rare) exhibition of Gregory Crewdson’s new series of photographs. And, though they look more like paintings by Hopper, these are photographs. The technical set-ups for each shot require Hollywood

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Mark Fisher

Not sure how I missed this in January, but genuinely saddened to hear that Mark Fisher has died. Very open about his struggles with mental health, he took his own life. There’s a fantastic summary of his huge influence on cultural theory here, and also here. On a more personal level, I was hugely impressed

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Theology and Fiction: Telling Stories of Order Amidst The Chaos

I just this week finished John Yorke’s book Into the Woods: How Stories Work and Why We Tell Them. It was recommended by a good friend who’s a director in theatre and is also now writing for television. She insisted that I read it before I began any more writing. I’m really glad I did, for

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Monsters vs Aliens | Immigration, Space Travel and Becoming Syrian

Through a discussion club I run at school I got to thinking about the coincidence of two recent major news threads: immigration and space travel. I know, never a dull day in teaching. In the back of my mind were good friends in a sea-side village about 200 miles from London who have been getting

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Hockney at Tate Britain

Excellent exhibition. Get there if you can. Find a Tate Member if possible 😉 –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Steve Hewlett | Dealing with Cancer

Steve Hewlett, long-time host of the excellent Media Show on BBC Radio 4, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus a few months ago. In typical style, he decided to record regular interviews with new anchor Eddie Mair about his treatment, and how he and his family were dealing with the disease. They have been

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Loyle Carner | Isle of Arran

Loving this local lad Loyle Carner’s new album, and this track in particular. Lyrically smart and emotionally raw. Great background piece on him here, from the normally ‘orrible Evading Standards. –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Don’t Be First, Be True

Excellent from Denzel Washington, calling on journalists to step up to their responsibility not to be first, but to be true:  –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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In Our Time | The Best Free Education on the Planet | Welcoming Caitlin Moran

Have said it too many times I know, but the BBC Radio 4 show In Our Time is, I’m convinced, the single best free education available on the planet. Expert discussions on art, philosophy, history, mathematics, science and religion…  Hence no surprise to read Caitlin Moran’s confession of her IoT addiction in The Times this

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