Literature

Satirical doublespeak? Is Orwell Outdated?

Satirical doublespeak? New York Times Book Review calls Nineteen Eighty-four “outdated”...

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Professor Bruce let me introduce Bruce

University of Adelaide researchers have provided new evidence on the long-debated authorship of two famous texts – the US Federalist Papers and the Letter to the Hebrews in the New Testament....

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Time is Tights : London Super Comics Convention

Modern corporate comics are creatively empty franchises that have completely lost touch with the general public....

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Counterpoint : Reich Bach at Ya!

The truth of music in 2013 is that we don't really need a masterpiece right now. We need a higher grade of ordinary....

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We Are All Dead Now [Stephen Jones]

Zombie Apocalypse threatens imminently. SWP composes the soundtrack....

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James Herbert: Ash [Audiobook]

Suddenly, what should have been a relaxing holiday in an area of stark natural beauty became a torturous experience, as if we were trapped in an overlong horror novel with too much description and...

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2012 Round-Up: Carl Byron Batson

Each year for me is remembered in pictures, the continual broadening of my musical boundaries, and the unfathomable yeses and nos from band PR and management. Example: Shakin’ Stevens says no, Bill...

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Of Grief and Hope

Climate chaos. Dying oceans. The degradation of U.S. corporate/militarist empire and the concomitant collapse of the global, neoliberal order. Our child will be born into a world where there will be...

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Life of Pi: Review

Ultimately, Life of Pi as film is a visual complement to Yann Martel's story as opposed to a fresh telling of its own. But what a visual complement it is....

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The cookie crumbles beneath the foot of the dancer (Sam Pink)

'I didn’t write in high school. I barely talk about writing to most people in real life because no one cares and I kind of agree, I like not talking about it. ' Scott Laudati interviews author Sam...

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Green Man [Festival]

What with hugging around the Green Man and reading people’s wishes on little mailing labels around the tree, this has been a pleasant valley, bucolic, neo-druidic experience. Thoughts of love, to...

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A Progress [Theatre]

Carl Heap's style has always invited some form of audience involvement, In the past, this has extended to the gentle conscription of audience members for selected moments and scenes – helping to...

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Writing for Trebuchet

Writing for Trebuchet. If you can give us 500 words on a topic that demonstrates; focus, research, differentiation, and appeal you're what we're looking for. ...

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In the Land of Never Was

In the Land of Never Was: The Last, Desperate Hours of Climate Chaos Deniers‪ and Capitalist Rah-Rahs‬ Often, the world… forever unfolding, recombining, morphing, dying and transforming…...

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Writing with only your eyes

“One can also imagine that, on the long term, eye movements can routinely be used in man-machine interactions”, and doubtless, Jean Lorenceau’s research into ways to improve the...

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Stereotypes and Swiss Interns: An Academic in Africa

You move to a country like Nigeria, and you instantly don’t want to conform to, or believe any of the stereotypes that your pinko-lefty-post-colonial-post-modern-feminist-queory-post-structuralist...

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Rock and Roll Poet – Mike ‘Stick’ Tyler.

Something of a mystery, Mike Tyler has a sort of brash appeal that comes close to being the ironic supernova of the archetypal hipster. With Erection Mike Tyler’s latest ‘release’,...

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The Return of the Return of Fu Man Chu

‘Yellow peril gets nearer’ is a newspaper headline I remember from my distant youth. In those politically incorrect days it may have referred to a new strain of Asian Flu or a Chinese incursion...

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Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill signing

GOSH IT’S A HIPPY Sightings of the world’s best known comic writer are rarer than hen’s teeth these days. Gosh were honoured by his presence on a cloudy Saturday afternoon, seated...

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Students and Strops. An Academic in Africa

'she was overtaken with flouncy teenage indignation'. DR meets the students. The students are turning out to be the usual mix of committed, disinterested, pleasant, arrogant and outright...

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‘Offensive’, ‘Repugnant’: An Academic in Africa

'the senators asked to vote on this bill must have been mystified', DR reports on the fight to make homosexuality in Nigeria even more illegal. I read an interesting story the other...

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Trace Elements: Weakending

As the week draws to its close, that trusty old question “What are you getting up to this weekend?” will doubtless be asked in workplaces across the land. Weekends are the pay-off after...

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Slimey Guys and Cuddling Homophobes: An Academic in Africa

'when she walked out she did so limping heavily and ostentatiously, when she’d walked in not limping at all'. Things get a bit 'domestic' in Nigeria. In other news, Julius has...

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Trace Elements: Happy?

Throughout jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald’s extraordinary career, awards and applause acclaimed her talent. What Ella really wanted to hear though – was that she was beautiful. Problem was,...

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Trace Elements: Scribble

The Gershwins served up “poe-tah-toe” in their pronunciation-divide ditty Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off for a roller-skating Fred and Ginger to deliver in the movie Shall We Dance...

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An Academic in Africa: Red Lights and Runarounds

Last week I almost got arrested.  Actually, that’s not quite true.  It would be more accurate to say that I drove a policeman around for about half an hour asking him to arrest me...

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Trace Elements: Together

A few years back, a female friend of mine married a man who was/is bisexual. I remember she told me – that if they walked along the street together and a hot woman passed by who caught his eye,...

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Newark State of Mind

'They say Newark is the new Brooklyn, which was the new East Village, a re-birthed and post-cool SoHo.' Scott Laudati sums up the Newark art scene....

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Trace Elements: Humour

I was hissed at once in a comedy club (I was performing stand-up) for telling a gag that went something along the lines of “My neighbour’s finding it difficult to come out of the closet....

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Prayers and Promises: An Academic in Africa

Our resident screamer has been upping the ante of late and I heard a live performance for the first time the other night.  George had just finished moving to the third bedroom (a saga in itself,...

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