Spotlight IV: Penned in the Margins

The London Magazine has long been a champion of emerging writers and independent publishers, stretching back to the 1950s and 60s, when young writers like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes found a home in the pages of the then newly re-launched volumes of the magazine. We want this tradition to continue, and given the renaissance […]

Review | Four Quartets at the Barbican

T. S. Eliot was famously wary about artistic interpretations of his poems. In a letter in 1947 to Dale E. Fern, he wrote that the idea of a ‘choreographic setting’ for the third part of Four Quartets ‘simply makes my stomach turn over’. Over a decade later, writing to the Master of Magdalene College in […]

Fiction | Down the Marina by Daniel Kramb

Daniel Kramb Down the Marina —At the city’s edge, half way into the marina, Ana-Maria sits on top of her boat, wearing a man’s jumper, pants and nothing else. —Small splinters are boring into the flesh of her thighs as she shifts her legs from one side to the other. It’s getting dark again. —In […]

Archive | Coming to London II by Leonard Woolf

The following piece was first published in The London Magazine October 1955 Volume 2 No. 10 as “Coming to London — II”, part of an at-the-time regular series about London life. Leonard Woolf Coming to London             I ‘came to London’ embryonically, I presume, in February 1880, for I was […]

Archive | Coming to London IX by Christopher Isherwood

The following piece was first published in The London Magazine August 1956 Volume 3 No. 8 as “Coming to London — IX”, part of an at-the-time regular series about London life.                        Christopher Isherwood Coming to London             I don’t remember exactly how or when I […]

Fiction | In Search of Scott by Will Kitson

Will Kitson In Search of Scott I remember the first time I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work. I was 20 years old, in the second year of university. Life was pretty uninteresting, with all those Victorian novels about politics and factories and such; and so when I read This Side of Paradise, it was a […]

Review | Stanley Kubrick at The Design Museum

Bringing iconic films to the main screen, from Clockwork Orange to The Shining, Stanley Kubrick has contributed significantly to 20th century popular culture.  The Design Museum presents an exhibition of the life and work of Stanley Kubrick as a visionary filmmaker. There is an array of artefacts that are organized to make up this exhibition […]

Fiction | Are There More People Alive Than Dead? by Laurane Marchive

Laurane Marchive Are There More People Alive Than Dead? The phone rings. 5am. It’s your boyfriend. He is in New York so with the time difference, your wake-up time is pretty much his bedtime. You asked him to call in case you slept through your alarm. You pick up the phone. His voice says: —-‘Wake […]

Review | Vivian by Christina Hesselholdt

Vivian, Christina Hesselholdt, Fitzcarraldo Editions, 2019, pp.192, £12.99 (paperback) “What I produce is so good that if I start showing it to professionals, I’ll never get any peace again.”  The most striking aspect of Christina Hesselholdt’s Vivian is its inherent refusal to romanticize the artist. Vivian Maier, in this polyphonic novel translated by Paul Russell Garrett, […]

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