Poets have traditionally written to tempt coy mistresses into bed, and Marvell duly turns up inside the covers of The Poetry of Sex (Viking £14.99). Published in time for Valentine’s Day, this anthology features a huge “X” on its cover. Is there such a thing as raunchy poetry? Does the editor Sophie Hannah want us to admire the enjambment or heat- up so much that, like Dante’s Paolo and Francesca, we tremblingly push the book aside and “read no more that day”?
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Tuesday 27 July 2010
Today’s announcement that Daniel Craig is to star in a Hollywood film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is great news for fans of Stieg Larsson. But it represents a rather less exciting development for those who prefer Craig’s other alter ego, James Bond.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
News that Bond is being put on hold has sparked concern about Daniel Craig's future.
Wednesday 06 January 2010
It's Mendes. Sam Mendes.
Thursday 26 November 2009
With a good deal of theatrical fare designed for family consumption at Christmas, you can confidently check your brains in at the cloakroom and sit back expecting a certain end-of-term laxity on the artistic front. But not at the National Theatre where, if anything, the creative excellence has tended to be intensified in Yuletide-born shows such as War Horse, Coram Boy, and pre-eminently the adaptation of Philip Pullman's masterpiece, His Dark Materials.
Wednesday 25 November 2009
Thursday 01 October 2009
Wednesday 30 September 2009
The showstopping performance by Hollywood stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman as their Broadway show was interrupted by a mobile phone call has now become an internet hit.
Wednesday 24 June 2009
Daniel Craig can shake, but can he stir?
Tuesday 16 June 2009
Peter Morgan, the screenwriter of award-winning films including The Queen and Frost/Nixon, is to turn his hand to the latest James Bond thriller, the film's producers have confirmed.
Saturday 02 May 2009
Thursday 09 April 2009
Call me earth-bound in my imagination but I'm not entirely sure why Philip Pullman's fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has exerted quite such a hold over so many readers worldwide. The story revolves around Lyra and her adventures with her pal Will as they drop in and out of parallel universes against an intricate backdrop of storylines involving physics, philosophy and religion. Added to this is the dangerous search for the source of Dust. (That's panpsychic particles of self-awareness.)
Saturday 25 October 2008
Sunday 14 September 2008
The release of the next game in the Lara Croft franchise will come too late to save SCi Entertainment from announcing huge losses of £100m tomorrow.
Wednesday 28 May 2008
According to a 1958 New Statesman review of Dr. No, the James Bond novels consisted of "three basic ingredients, all thoroughly English": "the sadism of a schoolboy bully, the mechanical two-dimensional sex-longings of a frustrated adolescent, and the crude, snob-cravings of a suburban adult."
Wednesday 09 January 2008
Edward Zwick's movie recreates the true story of a Jewish resistance in Nazi-occupied Belorussia, led by three brothers.
British Muslim leaders outraged after Eric Pickles says followers of Islam should 'prove their identity'
UK terror fears: My jihadist son returned from Syria mentally scarred – now he is being ignored
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
Billy Crystal: 'Stop shoving gay sex scenes in my face'
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles' letter to Muslims 'really has a problem'
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- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 Nineteen-year-old student left gifts for parents before taking her own life
- 4 Deliberately urinating before sex can increase risk of urinary tract infections