Cultural Life: Philip Pullman, novelist
Saturday 05 January 2013
It would be easier to say which books I'm not reading; there are books all over the house in states of semi-having-been-readness. I'm enjoying Robert A Caro's The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York. It's a brilliant dissection of political power and how it operates. What else? Judith Flanders' The Victorian City; Simon Winders' Germania; Philip Hensher's The Missing Ink.
A delightful Aladdin performed by Creation Theatre at the North Wall in Oxford. Like many small theatre groups, Creation is in imminent danger of extinction, and deserves support.
The Hunt, directed by Thomas Vinterberg, is a superb examination of how social panic can swiftly become a force of utter unreasoning malevolence. Leos Carax's Holy Motors is a magnificent explosion of imagination.
I'm catching up with Homeland and The Killing III, both of which pose an urgent question for British TV: why don't we produce anything like that? The Hour shows that we could do it, if the will was there.
Jenny Saville at Modern Art Oxford. Her massive paintings of naked flesh were daunting and confusing.
'Grimm Tales: For Young and Old' by Philip Pullman is out now
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food