Interview: Madonna of the Wasps

For those not on the ‘book, you can still see my interview with Chris Roy at Scream Hard Reviews here. I may be giving too much away with that picture of the outline of Madonna of the Wasps¬†in my notebook, but I trust my handwriting is so bad that it’s pretty much indecipherable. ūüėČ (Also…

Review: Girl from the North Country

I’ll be honest: I really really wanted to see Mosquitoes. I queued twice to try to get tickets. But I was denied the two Olivias (sob!). So I went to the Tkts booth intending to maybe see¬†Hamlet but there being only obstructed view, I decided to go with¬†Girl from the North Country. Advertising worked: I…

FFB: Porterhouse Blue – Tom Sharpe

I have been thinking about academic novels lately because I am — much as I swore never to do so — working on a roman √† clef called Hire Idiots (the topic of which ought to be abundantly clear). I taught Lucky Jim in my senior seminar and enjoyed my students’ reactions to it. I’ve…

The Secret to Life

…can be yours for just $19.99 down and $19.99 a month until you finish buying all my books which should take less than a year, I expect (someone do the calculations: I can’t be bothered). Everything I’ve published over decades could be read in a year. Humbling, eh? Is that a sufficiently clickbaity title? Apparently…

Review: Radio Girls

RADIO GIRLS Sarah-Jane Stratford The Great War is over, and change is in the air, in this novel that brings to life the exciting days of early British radio …and one woman who finds her voice while working alongside the brilliant women and men of the BBC London, 1926. ‘If we have the sense to…

Review: Much Ado about Nothing @DundeeRep

I am grateful to have so many opportunities to enjoy Dundee Rep, though I am shaking my fist to know I will miss for the second time my pal Gary Robertson’s latest play Scaffies which will be on in late January after I have to return stateside. However, I’m looking forward to their production of…

Review: Upstart Crow

The final episode of the first series of Upstart Crow has aired and David Mitchell, who stars as the bard himself, confirmed on Twitter that there will be a second series. It follows the adventures of the up-and-coming playwright who still finds himself¬† struggling to make his mark in the hurlyburly of Elizabethan England. Action…

Review: Love & Friendship

What absolute joy this film is. The sense of fun and delight in being bad is not what one usually associates with Austen but it is exactly the reason her best observations cut so deeply. I may have to reconsider Whit Stillman. First I should admit to being a hoarder. I had not read Lady…

Loreena McKennit, The Egg, 16 Oct 2015

The Egg is a lovely performance space: unfortunately it’s smack in the middle of the Empire State Plaza, a structure designed and built in the infernal realms (there’s a plaque that says so, I swear it). Between the normal Byzantine route required to actually enter the plaza and then hope to find parking and the…