The Bloomsbury Set: literary and potato peel pie society
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Monday 11 February 2013
This navel gazing film from Richard Linklater is witty and well written but tries too hard to give the illusion of spontaneity
Sunday 09 December 2012
To the River belongs to that happily renascent tradition of literary nature writing.
Saturday 10 November 2012
Saturday 11 August 2012
Moving through time from modern madness to the Great War
How Much Is Enough?: The Love of Money, and the Case for a Good Life, By Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky
Sunday 29 July 2012
All work and no play makes the world a poorer place
Saturday 12 May 2012
Where are you now and what can you see?
Sunday 22 April 2012
To modern readers, many 1930s writers might as well be using Shakespearian English, such is the grace and complexity of their language. Is this why Elizabeth Jenkins has disappeared from bookshops?
Thursday 09 February 2012
Eight years ago, in their excellent Spanish Golden Age season, the RSC presented the English premiere of House of Desires, a surprising event on several levels.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Adapting Virginia Woolf's fantastical novel, which follows the title character through four centuries and a sex change, is no mean feat.
Sunday 14 August 2011
Friday 27 May 2011
Most writers are poor. Virginia Woolf, high priestess of modernism, had to earn her living like anybody else. These days, her kind of fiction, richly figurative, with her characters' narratives floating dreamily between inner and outer life, is not fashionable. During her lifetime, and until only recently, Woolf was hailed as a genius. Despite her success, however, she still had to make sure she could pay the bills. Her expenses, unlike ours perhaps, included paying for live-in domestic help (a difficult situation for both mistress and maid, brilliantly analysed by Alison Light in Mrs Woolf and the Servants).
Monday 16 May 2011
Edward Albee's 1966 country house comedy is a still startling mix of bizarre story-telling, sozzled sarcasm, unnamed terror and ruminations on friendship and alcohol.
Sunday 03 April 2011
Wednesday 30 March 2011
Lovers of TV's Mad Men will feel very much at home amid the styling and fashions of this excellent Northern Stage and Sheffield Theatres co-production of Edward Albee's early 1960s American-dream-about-to-turn-sour classic.
Monday 28 March 2011
Virginia Woolf walked London's parks for inspiration, and to find solace from her dark moods. Seventy years after her great-aunt's death, Emma Woolf argues that you can still find her restless spirit there
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 3 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 4 A third of employers never check job applicants' qualifications, survey finds