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Album Review: Jen Cloher (2017)

Jen Cloher, right, and Courtney Barnett

It’s almost too prosaic a point to make but there’s a curious aspect of our attitude to music and musicians as artists. It’s perhaps the one artform where we desire, if not insist upon a direct connection between art, artist and listener/reader/viewer.

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Dunkirk, Brexit and the New Propaganda

Dunkirk

PERHAPS the best description of the evacuation of Dunkirk comes in the first volume of Spike Milligan’s war memoirs, Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall. While on his basic training in Sussex, Milligan asks a veteran what it had been like. ‘Like, son?’ comes the reply. ‘It was a[…]

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Why casting a female Doctor Who is long overdue

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who

Much has been written about Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the 13th Doctor – so much so that I’m loathe to add to it. Some of it has been journalists and bloggers who don’t really care about the show as such but have leaped upon the news as a springboard for[…]

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Why Books Matter

Why Books Matter

I was recently given a gift of a second hand copy of Marlowe’s collected plays. It was a slight copy, dating from 1912 and a little battered around the edges, the pages a little discoloured and yellowed. And what’s more there was an old bookplate inside, plus another couple of[…]

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The Catholicism of Graham Greene

Graham Greene

It took me a long time to ‘get’ Graham Greene. I first tried to read him (Brighton Rock, I think) when I was about 15. But I was too young, or it was just the wrong time in my life. And so, for years, I’d left myself with the impression[…]

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