Harris’ Hannibal

BY ANDREW MOODY I remember my parents driving my brother and me through the Florida Everglades in 1999 and roadside shops had announcements they were stocking the new Thomas Harris novel, the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs: BUY HANNIBAL HERE! HANNIBAL LECTER RETURNS! It seems strange in today’s post-digital multimedia age that a paperback book could generate that much anticipation and interest. The … Continue reading Harris’ Hannibal

Reflections on Houellebecq

BY ANDREW MOODY This is an example of the rational if nihilistic worldview of Legion de Honour (France’s highest literary prize) winner Michel Houellecbecq from his 1994 first novel Whatever: “It’s a fact, I mused to myself, that in societies like ours sex truly represents a second system of differentiation, completely independent of money; and as a system of differentiation it functions just as mercilessly. … Continue reading Reflections on Houellebecq

Snowden

BY ANDREW MOODY To many liberal Americans, Edward Snowden is a hero. To others (like Presidents Obama and Trump) he is a traitor who should be executed. In left wing auteur Oliver Stone’s weak film adaptation of the NSA whistle blower’s life and career, the very important and difficult job of National Security is treated like an all-powerful version of S.P.E.C.T.R.E and Snowden is portrayed … Continue reading Snowden

Welsh

BY ANDREW MOODY Iconic Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who once referred to himself as so famous and wealthy he was essentially “upper class”, called the anti-Semite psychopath (and potential UK Labour prime minister) Jeremy Corbyn “as the best of a bad bunch” in August 2017, shortly after the hung parliament. One of the most influential writers of the past twenty years, Welsh began life as the … Continue reading Welsh

The People Versus Democracy

BY SAM HOOPER “The People vs Democracy” goes further than many other books which claim to “explain” Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, showing that it takes both sides – outraged establishment centrists as well as populist insurgents – to successfully undermine liberal democracy. Political renewal depends on the former group finally accepting responsibility for some of the failings which brought us to this … Continue reading The People Versus Democracy

The Great British Pottery Revival

BY CHRIS EGAN The successful BBC TV series The Great Pottery Throwdown has added to the current wave of popularity gripping the world of ceramics in the UK; underlining how clay is oozing back into contemporary art. As Hettie Judah wrote in the Independent last year, “the championing of clay as a sculptural medium by a younger generation of artists has brought with it a re-examination … Continue reading The Great British Pottery Revival