The essay by the longstanding manga editor, Mitsuhiro Asakawa, to be found at the end of the book, may not answer every one of the questions you’re likely to have about these stories (though this is how it should be, given that their highly ambivalent endings are at least half of the reason for their uncommon force). But its inclusion is a shrewd move on the part of D&Q. Not only does it put Tsuge’s career and legacy succinctly in context; it stirs in the attentive reader an even greater eagerness for volume two. … [Read more...] about The Swamp by Yoshiharu Tsuge review – powerfully strange
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Barkham and his wife, Lisa, decide to send Ted to Dandelion, a local forest nursery school; soon Barkham becomes a volunteer at the school and finds himself outside in all weathers with a group of boisterous, inquisitive children, often learning more from them than they do from him. The book is structured as a record of the author’s time teaching at the school, but it reaches beyond that in its scope. On second reading, you recognise that this is a book about the unbridgeable distance between adults and children, even between a father and three kids he clearly loves very much. … [Read more...] about Wild Child review – notes from the landscape of childhood
Apparently no one really dies in Killing Eve (BBC iPlayer) anymore. Niko was stabbed in the neck with a pitchfork and didn’t die. In this episode, Dasha (Harriet Walter) is hit in the head with a golf club and then has her chest trodden on and doesn’t die. Konstantin (Kim Bodnia) has a heart attack but doesn’t die – which is the second time he didn’t die after Villanelle (Jodie Comer) shot him back in season one and we were made to think he’d died, but he hadn’t. Only poor Kenny is the one who actually seems to be properly dead. And it would be little surprise if he popped up again, not actually dead after all, in the final episode next week. … [Read more...] about Killing Eve, season 3 episode 7 review: remember when there used to be espionage in this spy thriller?
Stratton is not a presenter that you could imagine appearing on the main BBC channels. He’s 80, and his confession to being a non-user of social media (while making a reference to people “Twittering”) would horrify the denizens of New Broadcasting House. This was not a flashy new show, or an original commission. But it informed, educated and entertained, and doesn’t that count for something? … [Read more...] about David Stratton’s Stories of Australian Cinema, episode 3 review: a perfect example of why we need BBC Four
As well as poignant, it was oddly uplifting – full of indomitable spirit, warmth and flashes of wry humour. Not only was Trevor a “neck-breather” with a laryngectomy but his wife Sally had been diagnosed with breast cancer a week before lockdown. Yet as Trevor sagely concluded: “When all this is over, we’ve got to be kinder to everybody. And let’s enjoy what we’ve got while we can.” … [Read more...] about Old, Alone and Stuck at Home, review: this important, sensitive film was more than its glib title