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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Critics: Adoring Venus

Adoring Venus Lorn Macintyre Self-Published The University Novel is dead. Previously boasting Nabokov and David Lodge among its many exponents, the genre, long considered moribund, now seems...

Hamming it up: Sweet Potato Oven Chips with Sriracha Mayonnaise

Sweet Potato Oven Chips with Sriracha Mayonnaise You'll Need: 3 sweet potatoes Olive Oil Mayonnaise Sriacha 1/2 Lemon Salt and pepper In last weeks article I included a footnote about a grocery...

The Critics: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Dir. Tomas Alfredson The seventies are making a comeback in fashion, and now in the cinema as well. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the latest...

The Critics: My Head is an Animal

My Head is an Animal Of Monsters and Men LABEL OM&M have only been together for a little over a year; they’re a six-piece band hailing from...

All that Jazz

People like Jazz clubs.  They may not listen to Jazz very often, but something about a small room filled with candle-lit tables, spread in...

The Critics: The Bees

The Bees Carol Ann Duffy Picador I won’t be ashamed about my admiration for this book. It’s an unfamiliar and precious indulgence to review something I genuinely...

The Critics: Simple Math

Simple Math Manchester Orchestra Favourite Gentlemen Recordings With Manchester Orchestra’s previous two albums, the band has certainly proved that they can deliver. Mean Everything to Nothing reiterated...

Cuts like a knife…but not so right

Macbeth: Sliced to the Core The Byre Theatre Wednesday, October 5th I like one-man shows.  There is something minimalist and unfussy about them which appeals to my...

The Critics: Ashes and Fire

Ashes and Fire Ryan Adams Pax-Am/Capitol   If this new release from North Carolina's Ryan Adams rekindles his fans’ affections with his first record since 2009, with a...

Open City

Open City Teju Cole Faber and Faber   The narrator in Open City is the figure of the flâneur, almost tragically endowed with a sensibility to read the...