Arts

When We Lose Touch, We Lose Feeling

Came upon this in a cafe up in Bayswater. When all is smooth and screen-like, do we lose our ability to feel too? From The Forecast, a publication from the same stable as The Monocle. Not online, so seek it out.  –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Low

Low played a special Christmas gig at Union Chapel last night, one of my favourite venues in London.  They have a Christmas album out too: broody, melancholic takes on festive classics. Sounded gorgeous.  –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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The Wolfpack, Cinema and the Yearning for Freedom

Warning: contains some spoiler material If you haven’t yet seen The Wolfpack, I’d strongly encourage you to do so. It’s a very very fine documentary film following the story of a group of 6 brothers who have grown up virtually locked away by their father in an apartment on the Lower East Side of New

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Gravity – How Might Things Begin Again?

I saw Gravity earlier on this week, the much-heralded escape-from-space flick starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. But mostly Sandra Bullock. The problem with any Clooney picture is that his voice is now for me inextricably connected to the Fantastic Mr Wes Anderson version of Fantastic Mr Fox, so Gravity, with Clooney’s wise-cracking astronaut, does

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Life, Writing and Being Useless

(soundtrack to this post: ‘Wasting My Young Years‘ by London Grammar) Posts here have been a little thin on the ground, mostly due to the fact that I’ve been work very hard on the manuscript for a novel – more news of which I hope one day to be able to share, but I’ll shut

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Stillness Is Coming | National Poetry Day

My dear friend Nic died a year ago on Monday. Missed so much. This, on National Poetry Day, for him.   Stillness A year in has not stopped our yearning, this anno domini we know dominates; still, stillness is coming. Your stilling broke levees of such Orlean, Orwellian turbulence rising angry Leviathan against this awful

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We Are All Geeks Now (But We Should Be Luddites)

Over the next few days thousands of normal people will be plunging into the depths of updating the core operating system of their Apple mobile phones and tablets. Under the hood this is a highly sophisticated technological operation. But no matter, we are all geeks now, and happily tap away at iOS7 updates and Android

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Revolutionaries or Decorators? | Art, Brutality and Transformation

Been meaning to post something on this for a few weeks: on holiday this summer I read (recommended by an Italian friend) Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Possibility of an Island. He’s a very good but pretty bleak writer, with a very disturbing vision of humanity. The TLS describe the book as ‘a charging bull in

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Man of Steel (Not God of Krypton) – A Radical Review

I saw Man of Steel last night, and, as a big ‘superhero’ film thought I’d post some reflections on it in the light of After Magic, which deals with the superhero archetypes seen in the recent Batman and Spiderman films. Spoiler Alert As a quick outline, the film opens with a crisis on Krypton. The people

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