Category Archives: Camille Paglia

Box Hill – Adam Mars-Jones

It is summer in the 1970s and 18 year old Colin finds himself on Box Hill where he literally stumbles across Ray,  a leather-clad biker, and whose cock he is servicing before moving in with the silent, powerful stranger: an … Continue reading

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At the Pictures: Distant Voices, Still Lives

‘Distant Voices, Still Lives‘, directed by Terence Davies and released in 1988, is one of the finest British films, with one of the simplest of premises: scenes from the life of a post-war Liverpudlian family based, loosely, on that of … Continue reading

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My favourite 20th Century books…

This is just a silly list of some of my favourite 20th century books: some are seen as ‘important’, some as ‘classics’ but what binds them together is that over the years I have gained so much enjoyment and stimulation … Continue reading

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My favourite books of the 21st century, so far…

  Recently ‘The Guardian’ published a list of the ‘best’ books of the twenty first century so far. It got me to thinking and so here I present my own list. They may not be acknowledged ‘classics’ (though some are) … Continue reading

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New Year Book Haul

  First up on this fine new year is ‘The Ambassador Magazine’, published by the Victoria and Albert museum to celebrate a magazine which was used to sell British fashion and textiles abroad. I’d never heard of such a thing … Continue reading

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Books of the Year 2018

‘Strange, sinister, funny and profound, ‘Convenience Store Woman’ by Sayaka Murata is a compendium of the rules of society and how these might be navigated by someone who, rather than rebelling against those norms, simply doesn’t understand them – a … Continue reading

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This week’s book haul

Firstly, a wonderful new collection of essays by the incomparable Camille Paglia. Since her arrival on the international stage in the early 1990s, Paglia has produced many, many thought provoking pieces, which educate, titillate, shock and entertain in equal measure. … Continue reading

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