At last, the new long-overdue edition of Charles Shaar Murray’s coruscating collection of journalism — Shots From the Hip (I told him his next one should be called Shots From the Hip Replacement) — first published in 1991, with a new introduction by Joel Nathan Rosen and a new afterword by CSM himself. It puts together […]
Last night’s pre-screening gala talk at the BFI by film director Feng Xiaogang climaxed the Spectacular China season of his films while launching the year-long Electric Shadows collaboration between the BFI and China. After a start as slow as wet cement, it livened up considerably once Feng and his adroit translator bypassed a disappointingly dull
The Day of the Locust is a superbly intelligent movie about the madness of crowds and the nightmarisation of the American Dream, which increasingly resembles a documentary about today’s collective id. Director John Schlesinger’s film adaptation manages to be faithful (if over-literal) to Nathanael West’s coruscating book, set in early Hollywood’s Sodom and Gomorrah. Tod
Who was it who repealed Roosevelt’s Glass-Steagall act that separated savings banks from investments banks? Stand up, Biill Clinton: “I did not have sexual relations with Goldman Sachs.” Now we can see how the banks will own EVERYTHING and anyone who doesn’t think a revolution is necessary to reverse this is kidding themselves. From Rolling
Refuting claims that the Chinese are a separate race of Peking Man — an earlier branch off homo erectus prior to homo sapiens — Jin Li, a Chinese doctor, did mitochondrial tests on thousands of people in 2010 and concluded that they were wrong and we’d all walked out of Africa some 70-100,000 years ago.
A most enjoyable evening was had on Monday night with the Resonance FM crew for a fundraiser in support of London’s best arts radio station. The Slaughtered Lamb, which is much how freelance writers often think of themselves nowadays, was the Clerkenwell venue. Neil Denny from Resonance FM’s Little Atoms series chaired a panel discussion