Mohammed Ali used to boast that when boxing, he would float like a butterfly and sting like a bee. So it is with Germiane Greer. She writes lightly, gracefully even when agitating for a cause. But the words still sting. And unsettle. Here she consciously creates a quasi-religious epic out of a part of her remarkable life when she decided to restore a small, wrecked rainforest in Australia, her homeland. The tone is apocalyptic, themes existential and critical: (wo)man not against, but ardently for wondrous, pitiless and predatory nature. She, the Lionheart, is awed, meets devastation, fears cataclysms, intuits prophecies, bears historical and biological guilt, seeks redemption and takes stupendous, fervent action. It really is some story.
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Wednesday 07 August 2013
It is to be hoped the Attorney-General will increase this man's sentence on appeal. However, it’s the reasoning behind the decision that is most worrying.
Tuesday 30 July 2013
Amid Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the UK decided to look on bright side of life
Friday 12 July 2013
It has a reputation for being an expensive way to shop. But is it worth it?
Wednesday 10 July 2013
View From the Sofa: From a rev-counter to the Ashes Zone, there's a whole new look to the game in the living room
Saturday 29 June 2013
Following a deafening dinner at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen a few years ago, when twenty-somethings maintained a roundelay of "Happy Birthday" for much of the evening, I've steered clear of restaurants run by TV chefs. So it was with trepidation that I entered the refurbished mansion (Pevsner: "probably c.1840") that houses the Talbot Hotel in Malton, North Yorkshire, since the owners Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland and his son Tom have installed local boy James Martin, an ornament of Saturday Kitchen and other televisual bonbons, as executive chef.
Wednesday 19 June 2013
The endangered Lakota language has lost one of its greatest supporters. Albert White Hat, who died in South Dakota on 11 June at the age of 74 of prostate cancer, was instrumental in teaching and preserving the American Indian language and translated the Hollywood film Dances with Wolves into Lakota for its actors.
Saturday 15 June 2013
You might well think that Austrian director Ulrich Seidl takes a dim view of human nature. His Dog Days (2001) depicted the Vienna suburbs as hell on earth, while Import/Export (2007) set dim-witted Austrian thugs loose in a decayed Eastern Europe, while a Ukrainian nurse tried to survive in a horrifically inhospitable West. Yet you can detect a wry tenderness in his new trilogy Paradise, although you have to reach the final episode, Hope, for it to blossom into something like fondness for humanity. In the opening chapter Love, Seidl seems to give us human nature at its worst.
Saturday 15 June 2013
Paul Higgins's staging of Madama Butterfly is not easy to watch, and nor should it be.
Saturday 15 June 2013
Trouble in paradise for Simran Singh
Friday 14 June 2013
Sara Maitland recounts how she spent a year visiting the wilder forests of England and Scotland in search of “the tangled roots” of northern European fairy tales.
We wouldn’t treat our own children like this, so why should children in foster care be any different?
Friday 07 June 2013
A premature end to fostering can have long-term impact on looked-after children. Parliament must consider this during next week's Children and Families Bill debate
Monday 03 June 2013
Former I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! star says it makes her 'cry every morning'
Sir Bradley Wiggins pulls out of Tour de France due to knee injury (but it’s good news for Chris Froome...)
Friday 31 May 2013
Simon O’Hagan pays tribute to the star forced to quit the Tour
Thursday 30 May 2013
Sitting awkwardly at the centre of David Mamet’s eighty-minute play about race called Race is a four-letter word about sex.
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests