Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

23 Apr

They say Housman was in all likelihood clinically depressed when he penned the sixty-three poems of his nineteenth century anthology, A Shropshire Lad. But isn’t depression an entry level requirement for poets? Loveliest of trees is the best known poem … Read More »

Steve McCurry in Taipei

31 Mar

Unsurprised is not unthrilled though. Given my love of photography and travel – including the Afghanistan and Rajasthan of his most mesmerising images – McCurry’s subjects speak to me more directly, more fully and more durably than those of any … Read More »

Hello Mr Lennon

12 Sep

I think Marco – his comment appeared below a Youtube clip featuring Al Pacino speaking of the time he met John Lennon – must be American. In which case ‘Strawberry fields’ refers to a small part of Central Park dedicated … Read More »

TV Review: Broken

2 Jul

Michael would you fuck me? Eh? You heard. [long pause] I can’t .. [long pause] .. I can’t. I’m sure it would be a wonderful experience, Roz. But I can’t. What Roz Demichel, forty-five year old mother of three, is proposing … Read More »

The Handmaid’s Tale

29 May

Over the years I’ve twice begun this dystopian feminist vision, and twice given up on it – a thing I rarely do with a novel – as woodenly predictable. Seventeenth century Massachusetts garb and post holocaust premise don’t help, striking … Read More »

Film Review: The Handmaiden

19 Apr

But for its thoroughly (post) modern approach to temporal sequencing, the Handmaiden could be placed squarely within the Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights tradition of storytelling, not least for its sexual explicitness and moral point scoring. Set in early twentieth … Read More »