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Noise and the city July 27, 2015 02:54

Noise and the city

The usual image of the city is a place of noise, a cacophony of sound, an aural assault on our ears, preventing us from [...]
 
Tradition and traditionalism July 20, 2015 17:19

Tradition and traditionalism

Tradition is often considered a conservative force, opposing progressive change. But already there is a counter-tradition of the radical.   Steve Latham   Look [...]
 
Saving Europe July 6, 2015 06:19

Saving Europe

David Cameron is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship with the Eurosceptics in the Conservative Party.     Steve Latham   Having relied on [...]
 
 
Transsexuals and truth June 29, 2015 22:35

Transsexuals and truth

The gender transition of Bruce to  has been prominent in the news weeks ago. Former athlete Jenner had become famous latterly through his marriage [...]
 
Political revival June 22, 2015 04:33

Political revival

After Postmodernism, three, very different, movements, illustrate this revival of the political: Occupy, the Arab Spring, and Islamism.   Steve Latham   Occupy was [...]
 
Past the post June 7, 2015 00:02

Past the post

Postmodernism seems old hat these days. Once flavour of the month, this cultural intellectual movement now seems dated and passé. The world, and we, [...]
 
 
A life in books May 31, 2015 01:59

A life in books

We’re getting ready to move house. The biggest problem, besides finding somewhere cheap enough for us to buy in the capital, is what to [...]
 
Dolce and Gabbana family ruckus May 24, 2015 21:00

Dolce and Gabbana family ruckus

Controversy flared recently because of comments critical of same-sex families by the heads of the Dolce and Gabbana luxury fashion company.   Steve Latham [...]
 
Canadian outsider May 16, 2015 00:00

Canadian outsider

Emily Carr is little known outside Canada, but is renowned there as an icon of national art. The exhibition of her work at the [...]
 
 
Election aftermath May 10, 2015 00:52

Election aftermath

The British election results are in, and we now have, against all expectations, a solid majority Conservative government.   Steve Latham   Leftists are [...]
 
The madness of Exodus May 3, 2015 18:55

The madness of Exodus

Hollywood’s treatment of religion is always an interesting phenomenon, prompting questions about how the dream-factory has twisted the spiritual meaning of this ancient text [...]
 
Human rights and history April 26, 2015 16:54

Human rights and history

Larry Seidentop has written a book, “Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism”, where he argues that our tradition of individualism and human [...]
 
 
Inherent vice April 18, 2015 16:58

Inherent vice

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name   a film noir set at the tail-end of the 1960s counterculture, as drugs replace [...]
 
Black irony April 11, 2015 14:44

Black irony

The Black Cultural Archives in Brixton are based in the renovated historic Raleigh House. Opened in 2014, the Archives are an important centre for [...]
 
Interstellar: saving the Earth April 6, 2015 03:16

Interstellar: saving the Earth

A real sci-fi blockbuster, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar is a delight to the eyes and ears.   Steve Latham [...]
 
 
 

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