"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August
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Monday 08 April 2013
“Please welcome, the comedian, Paul F. Tompkins”. The precise way in which the American veteran introduces himself to us tonight is not merely playful intonation, it's indicative of the poise and clarity that will characterise the hour to come.
Friday 05 April 2013
'When I put Mark Wallinger and Bob & Roberta Smith on a pair of elephants'
Monday 01 April 2013
“I had never been cool. I liked the same music as my mother,” writes an anonymous member of Bernadette Corporation, the New York artists’ collective, founded in the early 90s, whose oeuvre spans fashion, literature, film, and installation.
Sunday 03 March 2013
They don't make 'em like they used to – that's the received wisdom when it comes to film stars, right? Where screen idols of yore thrived on ego and excess, today's pretenders suffer on egg-white omelettes and media training.
Tuesday 12 February 2013
Having sucked the pith out of Great Expectations twice over (Gillian Anderson and Helena Bonham Carter both self-immolated as Miss Havisham), film producers are now delving into Oliver Twist for spin-off ideas.
Sunday 10 February 2013
The notion of a cult US TV show that has garnered more column inches than viewers – think Arrested Development or Joss Whedon's Firefly – is nothing new.
Sunday 10 February 2013
A clever book about maths that just doesn't add up
Wednesday 16 January 2013
In A Lost Expression, Luke Kennard's fourth collection of poetry, estranged protagonists report from a culture that feels at once decrepit and accelerating. "The pram cracks over branches, fag butts, glass;/ my son cries like he sees my vilest thoughts," says the narrator of "Will Write Properly Soon". Disconnection finds its form in the footnote that fractures "Parabola", asking: "How apparent is his desperation to be liked?"
Sunday 30 December 2012
Women led the laughs, both in the NHS and the Hamptons, but even Claire can't save 'Homeland'
Monday 03 December 2012
"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," bellows a stranger sporting a pirate costume into my ear, his arm wrapped around my shoulder.
Tuesday 27 November 2012
A naked doll with long synthetic hair greets the visitor to this inspired exhibition, which explores "the idea of opening up and exposing a living body".
Monday 15 October 2012
This is the great ideological clash of Sunday nights at 9. Domestic staff or domestic security - there's no sitting on the fence, only deranged lunatics watch both
Wednesday 03 October 2012
Simpsons fans can now submit 'couch gags' for the show's opening credits. It's the best seat in the house
Sunday 19 August 2012
The foul-mouthed, dysfunctional Mrs Brown is hoping to change all that with her new BBC celebrity quiz show
Friday 10 August 2012
While not quite in the same class as John Cage's 4 minutes 33 seconds of silence, Andy Warhol's empty sculpture stand or Gianni Motti's blank white canvases, rock musician Beck's decision to release his latest album only as a collection of 20 pieces of sheet music constitutes something more than artistic eccentricity.
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