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
To mark Tolstoy's 186th birthdaybooks
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke