And extreme it is. It is tricky to criticise the plausibility of a broad satire, yet many scenes make you do exactly that. Anne-Marie ambushing Vic from behind is a great slap-in-the-face start, but other reactions and interactions seem unmerited. Jam jars are thrown at white walls, wine bottles are swiped off tables – and this trait only intensifies throughout the novel, culminating in art carved on skin with a shard from a Lucozade bottle, hamster-boiling and a gruesome incident at a lifetime achievement award in Cambridge. … [Read more...] about Eat My Heart Out by Zoe Pilger – review
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There are some people, I suggest, who will read this and cite his own extraordinary achievements and his recent knighthood as evidence to the contrary. He shoots me a fierce look. “I am sitting here in front of you doing this interview not because of, but in spite of,” he says. “I had every obstacle thrown up against me on the way up. And a big part of the reason I am sitting here is because of the people who went before me and made sacrifices. They helped clear the path for me because they made some noise and pushed back against racism – in music, in film, in writing, in debates, in protests. I am sitting here because of them. That’s just a fact.” … [Read more...] about Steve McQueen: ‘It’s all about the truth, nothing but the truth. End of’
“Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants; Les Plaisirs De Versailles” — Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, conductors; Jesse Blumberg, Teresa Wakim & Virginia Warnken; Renate Wolter-Seevers, producer (Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble; Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble) … [Read more...] about Kate Beckinsale makes a bleary-eyed exit after partying the night away with group of pals at star-studded pre-Grammy party
This London of loose morals was remote from the same city in which he died in 1851. In the course of his lifetime, British manners were transformed. The freedoms of the Georgian age had become constrained by starched collars and cast-iron respectability. Turner’s great critical champion, John Ruskin, was one of the most Victorian of Victorians, and when he went through Turner’s artistic bequest at the National Gallery, he felt ill. He found not just the landscapes he loved, but sketches “of the most shameful sort – the pudenda of women – utterly inexcusable and to me inexplicable”. Ruskin revealed that he burned most of Turner’s erotic art, for the good of his hero’s reputation and the national soul. Strangely enough, he seems to have been lying. Tate Britain has now located enough of Turner’s sexy watercolours to establish that Ruskin never did burn them – or if he did destroy some, there must really have been a lot. … [Read more...] about The real Mr Turner: has Mike Leigh’s film got its man?
The powerful storm left parts of New York City underwater and left millions of people in several states without heat or electricity for weeks. Its blamed for at least 140 deaths, including 104 in New York and New Jersey, and it destroyed or damaged 305,000 housing units in New York alone. … [Read more...] about ‘We’re coming back stronger!’ Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys and Billy Joel lead the way at 12-12-12 Sandy concert