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Extending the Range of Pejoratives: Howard Jacobson’s Pussy

Written in “a fury of disbelief” during the weeks that followed the unlikely election of Donald Trump, Howard Jacobson’s latest novel Pussy dramatizes the education and rise to power of Prince Fracassus, heir to the Duchy of Origen, until he begins to preside over the Republic of Urbs-Ludus. The plotline is minimal but engrossing thanks to Jacobson’s spirited, arch tone...

Donald Trump – America’s First Oligarch-in-Chief

By Mohammad Zahoor On 20th January this year Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. In the eyes of millions both internationally and at home in America the spectacle of such a man becoming head of state in the world’s most powerful country was nothing short of astonishing. There was widespread alarm at how this had...

Matisse in the Studio at Royal Academy of Arts

‘My life is between the walls of my studio’, Matisse once declared. Matisse in the Studio, currently showing at the Royal Academy of Arts, flings the doors of Matisse’s workspace open to the public, showcasing the exciting variety of furniture, textiles, vases, and other objects that so inspired the artist. For him, these materials formed a ‘working library’, and...

Bram Bogart at the Saatchi Gallery

SALON, Saatchi Gallery’s commercial exhibition space, launched earlier this year with a fascinating show by the post-war Japanese artist, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, and in keeping with its policy of staging museum standard exhibitions by historically important artists, it is now presenting the work of the Dutch-born Belgian artist Bram Bogart (1921 – 2012). Staged in collaboration with Mayfair’s Vigo Gallery, the...

Sargent: The Watercolours at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

John Singer Sargent is best known as a painter of portraits in oil. Since childhood, however, he was also a keen watercolorist, and a new exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery seeks to show his ‘technical brilliance’ in the medium. It was in 1900 that the artist seriously returned to painting in watercolour, and the exhibition focuses on works...

Book Launch at Enitharmon: Stephen Romer and Alan Jenkins

The light, bright space of Enitharmon bookshop in Bloomsbury was filled with jostlings and murmurings as more and more people tried to fit into the crowded gallery space. A double book launch was underway. Stephen Romer was here to celebrate his anticipated Set Thy Love In Order: New & Selected Poems, accompanied by Alan Jenkins and his soon-to-be-published White...

Interview | At the Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet with Michael Joseph

'Beggars Banquet is the album that changed everything for the Rolling Stones,' the band state on their official website, rollingstones.com, 'the band truly came into their own, and the Rolling Stones' music of today is a reflection of what happened in the studio in 1968, they reached their musical manhood.' For such an epochal album it is entirely appropriate...

Quotidian Queerness

The great strength of this exhibition is its demonstration of the ubiquitous nature of queer art and culture. Timed to remind us that it is only fifty years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality following the Wolfenden Report ten years earlier, Clare Barlow's curatorship is generously broad in its cultural reach and deep in its historical references. The exhibition...

You Must Change Your Life – The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin by Rachael Corbett

You Must Change Your Life is an enthralling exploration of the complex relationship between two creative giants of art and literature, drawn together in Paris at the birth of a new century. Rachel Corbett has successfully melded the natural flair and élan of her own writing with exemplary research into her subject. There is always a danger the ardent...

Short Story Competition 2017

UPDATE: EXTENDED CLOSING DATE  The competition will now be open for entries until November 15th. Autumn is just around the corner, which means The London Magazine‘s Short Story Competition 2017 is upon us. The London Magazine has published short stories by some of the most well-respected literary figures over the course of long history. Our annual Short Story Competition seeks out new voices...

Review | Exhilarating Magus: Myth and Poetics in Stephen Yenser’s Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit, Stephen Yenser’s highly anticipated third collection published by Waywiser, dazzles, delights, and enchants with its wordplay, predilection for sound effects, and linguistic brilliance. Profound and beautiful, meticulous, bristling with erudition, it sizzles with versatility and sophistication. Both modern and timeless, it resonates into past centuries, at times elliptical, at times mythic, the work of a maestro at...

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