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Interview | Scott Eaton | Artist+AI

A truly ground-breaking Artificial Intelligence art exhibition has recently been on display at Somerset House. Entitled Artist+AI: Figures & Form in the Age of Intelligent Machines, it featured a new series of works by Scott Eaton, an artist who has worked for Disney and Pixar as well as collaborating with Jeff Koons, Mark Wallinger and Elton John. Eaton’s work explores the representation...

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 of new independent publishers, we...

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 Cambridge, Eliot noted that...

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 the boat beneath her, the duvet lies crumpled...

Review | Max Beaverbrook: Not Quite a Gentleman by Charles Williams

Max Beaverbrook: Not Quite a Gentleman By Charles Williams Biteback Publishing, £25 In the age of the internet it is easy to forget the immense influence that Britain’s press barons once wielded. In this long, hugely enjoyable book, packed with colourful anecdotes, long-serving Labour peer and biographer, Lord Williams of Elvel, recalls one of the greatest of all newspaper magnates, a man...

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 born in the West Cromwell Road on...

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 first came to London; it was...

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 kind of a revelation for me....

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 in order to gain...

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 up little cat...’ ----You wipe a droplet of...

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, is presented as a brilliant, self-assured...

Review | Tales of Two Londons: Stories From A Fractured City

Tales of Two Londons: Stories From A Fractured City, edited by Claire Armitstead, Arcadia Books, 2019, £9.99 It’s Saturday morning in Hornsey and I make a Facebook call to my friend Elisabetta who is spending an evening thousands of miles away on the coast of Sri Lanka. I want to ask her about her friend Memed Aksoy after whom she...

Review | Salt Slow by Julia Armfield

Salt Slow, Julia Armfield, Pan Macmillan, 2019, pp.208, £12.99 (hardback) This electric, enthralling collection of short stories from Julia Armfield owns its influences upfront. In the first story ‘Mantis’, a teenage girl describes reading with her mother: I choose Greek myths and ghost stories, tales that come in under fourteen pages and culminate in violent lessons. I read aloud and let...

Review | A Map Towards Fluency & A Few Interiors

A Map Towards Fluency, Lisa Kelly, Carcanet Press, 2019, pp.112, £8.99 A Few Interiors, Rowland Bagnell, Carcanet Press, 2019, pp.64, £8.99 ------Carcanet’s latest publications include the innovative poetry of Lisa Kelly and Rowland Bagnall in their respective collections, A Map Towards Fluency and A Few Interiors. Kelly is deaf in her left ear, and some of the most compelling pieces are in...

Review | Days in the Caucasus by Banine & Crossing by Pajtim Statovci

Days in the Caucasus, Banine (translated by  Anne Thompson-Ahmadova), Pushkin Press, 2019, pp. 288 (hardback) Crossing, Pajtim Statovci (translated by David Hackston), Pushkin Press, 2019, pp. 272 (hardback) In a way, it’s unimportant that Banine’s Days in the Caucasus and Pajtim Statovci’s Crossing come to us via translation; foremost, they are a memoir and a novel with timely relevancies to the...

Kahani Near Sloane Square…Oh Those Lamb Chops!

I have been to expansive Sikh restaurants in Southall and frenetic Pakistani grills in Whitechapel. I once had a very good jalfrezi in Dublin. I have even been to the original Moti Mahal in Delhi where they serve punchy tandoori chicken to the hypnotic sobbing of a live Qawwali singer. However, I’ve never eaten Indian ‘fine dining.’ So Kahani,...

Review | Lee Krasner at the Barbican

Lee Krasner’s work was central in the proliferation of abstract expressionism in the United States. A new show at the Barbican, Lee Krasner: Living Colour, plots the unfolding of her artistic identity, from the muted cubist works of her earlier years, to the saturated, rhythmic abstractions of her later practice, bringing together works from over 50 public and private...

Extract | Tony and Eve by Eve Hall

From the forthcoming memoir by Phil Hall Steinhardt, Tony and Eve.  My heroine of very early days was Joan of Arc, whom I loved passionately. I dreamed of martyrdom and detested the English soldiers who burned her at the stake.  Every Friday afternoon I used to wait for my mother outside my boarding school, buttoned up snuggly into my Petite Madeleine...

Interview | Clayton Vomero | 3OHA

Kaleidoscopic is one of the words used to describe the work of Clayton Vomero, his narratives finding their flow not in the rules of time but in the intricate routes of the mind. His new film 3OHA will have Sheffield Doc/Fest (6 -11 June) as the official stage for its UK premiere. Maria Mendes caught up with the New...

Interview | Donald Sultan

The acclaimed American figurative painter Donald Sultan currently has his first U.K retrospective at Huxley-Parlour Gallery, London. Sultan is 68 now, and this show entitled, Dark Objects: Works 1977–2019, will be his first in London in 10 years and follows a major presentation in the Smithsonian in 2017. Sultan rose to prominence in the electrified atmosphere of New York’s downtown art...

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019

Update: Submissions for The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2019 are now CLOSED! Over the years The London Magazine has been home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, from John Keats to Sylvia Plath and Derek Walcott. Our annual Poetry Prize seeks out new voices in poetry, providing a platform for publication in the UK’s oldest literary...

Fiction | Don’t Tell Father by Denisa Vitova

Denisa Vitova Don't Tell Father -----My mother bought a new dress she didn’t necessarily need but which fit her tall, slim figure perfectly, its creamy colour complimenting her tanned skin. It cost her two hundred francs she was supposed to spend on new garden supplies: a hose, a canister of string trimmer oil, a sprinkler. -----‘Men, they want everything. A beautiful woman...

Review | Whip-Hot & Grippy by Heather Phillipson

Whip-Hot & Grippy begins with a hyphen and ends with a personal statement, with the intervening 126 pages featuring advertising-speak, sex scenes, terrorism, broadcast media, consumption-anxiety, protest, and human-animal relations. Ian Macmillan described Phillipson’s debut Instant Flex 718 as a ’bucket of water in the face’, and Whip-Hot & Grippy — with its psychedelic cover of a cat ambiguously...

Review | Skylon Deeply Savoury on the South Bank

I hardly ever go across the river to the south side. I cannot stand the man-boys ruckling along on their skateboards. Yet go we did, over the footbridge just outside Embankment tube station, on a dull Friday morning. The skaters were not getting any younger and the hipsters still show no sign of giving up their promenade. We were off...

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