Essay | A Masochistic Education: Lana Del Rey, White Femininity and...

Christiana SpensA Masochistic Education: Lana Del Rey, White Femininity and the American DreamWestern society has long persisted with its telling, and retelling, of the ‘fallen woman’...

Essay | In Praise of the Lesser Known Siblings of Mythology...

Philip WomackIn Praise of the Lesser Known Siblings of Mythology   When fossicking through the cornucopia of classical mythology, we tend to stop and savour the...

Essay | Mother’s Desk by Vanessa Nicolson

Vanessa NicolsonMother's Desk I’m sitting at my mother’s desk, overlooking the gardens of the Archaeological Museum. The ochre walls of the Museum to my right...

Review | Seed by Joanna Walsh

Dave ButlerSeed by Joanna Walsh Seed, Joanna Walsh, No Alibis Press, pp. 220, 2021, £14.99 (hardcover) There’s been a remarkable flowering over the past twenty years....

Interview | Rob Auton on Comedy, Ivor Cutler and Saving Money

Lucy MorrisRob Auton on Comedy, Ivor Cutler and Saving Money Branded 'the Fringe's comedian laureate' by the British Comedy Guide, award-winning comedian and podcaster Rob...

Essay | Unsteady Foundations by Jonathan Crane

Jonathan CraneUntitled My book, We Need to Talk, was published in July. When I submitted the manuscript, I’m not sure I ever fully believed the...

Review | A New Look at Adrian Berg by Andrew Lambirth

Andrew LambirthA New Look at Adrian Berg Adrian Berg: Paintings 1964 - 2010, Frestonian Gallery, 2 Olaf Street, London W11 (5 May - 3 July) Painters...

Review | Falling by T.J. Newman

Lucy MorrisFalling by T.J. Newman Falling, T.J. Newman, Simon & Schuster UK Ltd, pp. 304, 2021, £14.99 (hardcover) As a reader, I don’t stray from the...

Review | Historic Affairs: The Muses of Arthur Bryant by W....

Alistair LexdenHistory and Sex   Historic Affairs: The Muses of Sir Arthur Bryant, W. Sydney Robinson, Zuleika Books & Publishing,  2021, £25.00 (hardcover) During the Second World...

Review | Isobar Press: A Canvas of Language by Ian Brinton

Ian BrintonIsobar Press: A Canvas of Language In an article for PN Review in December 2014 Paul Rossiter gave an account of how he came...

Essay | The Joys of Depression, The Glamour of Gloom: Bishop...

Jeffrey MeyersThe Joys of Depression, The Glamour of Gloom: Bishop and Larkin Though Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) and Philip Larkin (1922-85) have many personal and poetic qualities...

Fiction | In a Spanish Supermarket by Holly Challenger

Holly ChallengerIn a Spanish Supermarket   I try to put last night into a straight line. We’d been looking forward to it for ages. Let’s go...

Preview | Why I Write – with Hanif Kureishi, Kit de...

The London MagazineWhy I Write — with Hanif Kureishi, Kit de Waal, Ashley Hickson-Lovence and Elle McNicoll In a series of four newly commissioned films,...

Interview | Akademy: The Intellectual Members Circle

The London MagazineAkademy: The Intellectual Members Circle Akademy is a private intellectual members’ circle which champions the world’s finest academics, creatives, artists, sports players, and...

Interview | ‘I Dreamt of Writing about Heartbreak and Love’: Skye...

Another poet who is never far from me is Frank O'Hara. I don't think I'd be a poet if not for his influence when I first began writing years ago. I love O'Hara's ability to paint a scene - he wrote with such a delicious intimacy and an eye for the small moments that make up a life. I'm very drawn to his voice. When I read his poetry, I feel like I'm having a warm conversation with a very close friend. He gives you the room to breathe and listen. So Lunch Poems is pretty much [...]

Interview | Athena Art Foundation

As people who look at great pre-modern art every day for both work and pleasure, we are passionate about enabling others to discover what it has to offer. It is encouraging to see the huge appetite for high-quality digital content about art over the past year, but it has also highlighted three issues. The first is the sheer volume of material being uploaded to museum websites, Instagram and YouTube that no individual has the time to sift through. The second is that [...]

Review | Giovanni Bellini: An Introduction by Peter Humfrey

The Venetian painter Jacopo Bellini taught his two sons, Giovanni and Gentile, who both surpassed him as artists. Gentile was sent to Constantinople to paint the Ottoman sultan Mehmet II, ruler of Venice’s traditional enemy in the eastern Mediterranean. Giovanni (1438/40-1516), who spent his entire life in that watery city, sometimes collaborated on major works with his father and brother [...]

Interview | Esen Kaya on ‘Making Paradise’ at The Aga Khan...

The London MagazineEsen Kaya on Making Paradise at The Aga Khan Centre Gallery Making Paradise, a group exhibition currently on view on at The Aga...

Review | Kin by Hugh Dunkerley

Hugh Dunkerley’s second full collection of poems, Kin, presents humane and often moving explorations of life both within and beyond the self. Children, parents and parenthood, evocations of loss, fear, ecological and psychological crisis, and meditations on the interconnectedness of living things are its principal themes. ‘First contact’, the book’s opening poem, celebrates the birth of a child and their emergence from [...]

Fiction | A Botanical Garden Movie by Jay Merill

I am standing by the edge of the ornamental fish pond. Late Friday. The water isn’t spurting now. They must have shut down the mechanism. After I say mechanism I think of my mother and the odd way she behaved when we used to come here. Which was quite a lot, or as she would have put it: regular as clockwork. By the time I was seven or eight I noticed there were certain phrases she loved to repeat. Saying Botanical Gardens out loud made her go [...]

Essay | ‘An Era of Maximum Foment’: How Reading My Great-Great-Grandfather’s...

In 1944 the Soviet Occupation of Romania led to the imposition of a communist regime in the country. My grandmother’s grandfather, Onisifor Ghibu, an independent politician who played a role in the creation of Greater Romania in 1918 and co-founded the first Romanian university in Transylvania, was the first professor at the university he taught at to be ‘purged’ and interned in a provisional prison for his ‘anti-Soviet’ activity. Carted to a prison camp in a wasteland [...]

Review | Yes Yes More More by Anna Wood

By the time the protagonist of the final story in Anna Wood’s new collection has been in New Orleans for a few days she finds herself very pleased with the city’s atmosphere: ‘Annie was bewitched by this easy life, so brilliant and simple and busy.’ This bewitchment is also the prevailing mood of the book. In Yes Yes More More life is quite often easy, if only for a moment, and Wood captures the simple, busy lives of the characters at their most brilliant [...]

Review | An Idiom in Itself: Ugly Duckling Presse 2020 Pamphlet...

Sam Buchan-Watts An Idiom in Itself 2020 Pamphlet Series, Ugly Duckling Presse  Ugly Duckling Presse (or UDP) have over the past two decades fostered a rich and...

Review | David Hockney’s ‘The Arrival of Spring’ by Christine Jones

Christine JonesDavid Hockney's 'The Arrival of Spring' at the Royal Academy of Arts David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of...

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