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AA671283: Literature, Music, Theatre

The slow death of free speech

19 April 2014

These days, pretty much every story is really the same story: In Galway, at the National University of Ireland, a speaker who attempts to argue against the BDS (Boycott, Divestment… Read more

The view from the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Global warming's glorious ship of fools

11 January 2014

Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest… Read more

Vivat Regina

2 June 2012

The trick to monarchy is not queening it. In The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth’s great novel of the Habsburg twilight, the Emperor Franz Joseph has it down to a tee: … Read more

Diary

24 March 2012

My Australian tour for the IPA seems a lot longer ago than a couple of weeks. Returned to the tender mercies of America’s hideous Transport Security Administration, I pine for… Read more

Osama doesn’t matter any more

28 January 2006

Mark Steyn says that only Democrats and Europeans will be fooled by the offer of a truce from the ‘exiled Saudi dissident’ You know this fellow David Cameron? Well, obviously… Read more

Beyond good and evil

28 January 2006

Twenty years ago George Jonas wrote a book called Vengeance, about the targeted assassinations of various murky Arab figures that took place in Europe in the wake of the Munich… Read more

Meet the moppets

21 January 2006

Years ago a movie buff pal said to me he couldn’t understand why I liked the theatre. ‘A great show is only great to the people who were there,’ he… Read more

Bleak portrait

14 January 2006

‘You know I ain’t queer,’ Ennis Del Mar says to Jack Twist. ‘Me neither,’ says Jack. Then they get back to having sex with each other, high up in the… Read more

I back Black

26 November 2005

Mark Steyn says that Conrad Black will beat the rap — provided he gets a fair trial In the Independent this week, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne was teetering on the brink… Read more

Missing Magic

26 November 2005

Formula gets a bum rap from critics, but I’m rather partial to it myself. In the Bond movies, it’s pretty much the best bits — take out the flirting with… Read more

Out of step

5 November 2005

‘The motto of the British Air Force Special Services,’ announces Orlando Bloom, ‘is, “Those who risk, win”.’ Close enough, I suppose. Mr Bloom is from Canterbury and, if he doesn’t… Read more

Fantasy land

22 October 2005

Hollywood’s two biggest animated features of the month both take place in England, or ‘England’ — in the case of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Victorian London; in Wallace & Gromit:… Read more

Spaced out

8 October 2005

Joss Whedon is believed to be the first ever third-generation TV writer. In the Fifties, his grampa John Whedon wrote Leave It To Beaver, still earning big syndication bucks today,… Read more

Tame at heart

23 July 2005

In my neck of the woods, Madagascar was the first drive-in movie of the summer. Me’n’the kids clambered on to the hood of the truck at sundown and settled in… Read more

The ultimate movie pro

16 July 2005

I happen to be writing this on board ship, in a little café, at a table by the window, with an idle eye on any glamorous women passing by. And… Read more

Un-American activities

9 July 2005

New Hampshire In the summer of 2002 I wrote in this space that the President had failed to seize the moment: ‘George W. Bush had a rare opportunity after September… Read more

Back to basics

25 June 2005

Every culture creates heroes in its own image: it’s difficult to imagine transferring the British adventurers — Rudolf Rassendyll and Richard Hannay, the Saint and 007 — to America. Likewise,… Read more

Marital stress

18 June 2005

We Don’t Live Here Anymore is very faithfully adapted from a couple of Andre Dubus novellas I read a long time ago. Quite how long ago I didn’t realise until… Read more

Slow lane

11 June 2005

I love Australia, and I used to love Australian movies. But a certain stiffness seems to have set in. Swimming Upstream has two terrific actors, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis,… Read more

Feel the farce

28 May 2005

Vengeance is mine, saith the Sith, whith thoundth like Violet Elizabeth Bott. No such luck. Instead, it’s George Lucas, with what he insists is the final film in the Star… Read more

Remembering John Mills

30 April 2005

The Mills family, according to David Thomson, has ‘crowded us out with insipid, tennis-club talent’, which is a cruel verdict, but hard to disagree with. When the gals tried being… Read more

Chemistry desert

16 April 2005

Until James Bond came along in the Sixties, the most successful movie series to date had been the Road pictures with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Sahara seems… Read more

Too much sand

12 March 2005

The Flight of the Phoenix rises from the ashes. Remember the original? James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Finch, Ian Bannen, Ronald Fraser, Hardy Kr

Bush means business

29 January 2005

New Hampshire ‘It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal… Read more

Romantic quest

22 January 2005

In John Buchan’s The Three Hostages, Dr Greenslade explains his theory of successful thriller writing to Richard Hannay: ‘Let us take three things a long way apart,’ he says, ‘an… Read more