Category Archives: satire

Definitely A New Century (Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’)

The deepest incision made in The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s debut expedition into television drama, is into the social. The world in which the Knickerbocker hospital exists is consumed by fin-de-siècle desperation; a simultaneous brushing-under-the-carpet of the barbarism of the near-past … Continue reading

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The Night Intervened (John Bowen’s ‘Robin Redbreast’)

This singular, occult-themed 1971 Play For Today has experienced a long-overdue reassessment in recent years due in no small part to the BFI’s DVD release and also to growing interest in Folk Horror as a genre. Comments about the play’s … Continue reading

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Books That Have Stayed With Rich

Inspired this morning by skullsinthestars‘ own fascinating list, I have come up with my own list of 10 books which, as according to the stipulations on Facebook, have “stayed with you in some way”, and which “don’t have to be … Continue reading

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Waiting For The Future To Hear Them (David Pinner, ‘Ritual’)

Whilst living in New Zealand, I attended a fortnightly gathering in Wellington called Curry-Beer-Men. It was, as the name suggests, an excuse for blokes to get together, eat curry, and drink beer (specialist breweries, usually.) We’d meet at someone’s house, … Continue reading

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Somebody Had To Decide That The Book Was Unfit To Read (Bohumil Hrabal, ‘Too Loud a Solitude’)

One of my tutors at Kent said that Too Loud a Solitude was her favourite novel. It’s nice to hear that academics can have a favourite novel, one book that sticks out above all others as the one they most … Continue reading

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They Were Like Living Architectures (Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, ‘An Olympic Death’)

“Most of us spend much of our time in spaces made and previously occupied by other people, usually people of the more or less distant past. We might reasonably expect our everyday surroundings to feel haunted but, by and large, … Continue reading

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Dealey Plaza Has Since Become a Minor Sexual Nuisance Area (J. G. Ballard, ‘The Atrocity Exhibition’)

1. GROUND ZERO The Atrocity Exhibition is “the story cycle that stands at the ground zero of his explosive body of work”, proclaims writer Will Self of Ballard’s short but incendiary novel of micro-novels, through the dusty laptop screen, towards … Continue reading

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