The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival

Following Massive Attack vs Adam Curtis with The Old Woman gives one the impression that this year’s Manchester International Festival has a Soviet feel about it, although the latter is based on the Daniil Kharms 1939 novella and so predates Adam Curtis’s 1975 year zero by some decades. The Old Woman is pitched as absurdist, which to Continue reading The Old Woman, Manchester International Festival

James Caan’s hypocrisy shows he brings nothing to the social mobility debate

This lunchtime I found myself smirking at James Caan’s advice that parents shouldn’t help their kids find jobs. There is little doubt that the family in which you’re born is the most significant determiner of your life, although not always in the most obvious or expected way, so it’s good to see the Continue reading James Caan’s hypocrisy shows he brings nothing to the social mobility debate

Why I’m going to Maggie’s funeral

@stellduffy @ChrispLOL funeral is Tory attempt to show we're all Thatcherites now and support #welfarecuts. That must be challenged. — Stephen Newton (@stephennewton) April 15, 2013 All being well, my train should be pulling in to London Euston around now, just a couple of hours before Thatcher’s coffin is due to arrive at Continue reading Why I’m going to Maggie’s funeral

Margaret Thatcher: Farewell to years of shame, an obituary

Margaret Thatcher is dead. While this day has been long expected, Thatcher’s death remains one of those events about which you don’t know how you’ll feel until it happens. Now is a time to brace oneself for the endless media coverage and many will have their crocodile tears well rehearsed, desperate to find Continue reading Margaret Thatcher: Farewell to years of shame, an obituary

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

It’s a common observation that Shelia Heti could easily be a character in Lena Dunham’s excellent Girls. Both explore the experiences, concerns and aspirations of relatively privileged (though they rarely feel it) young women trying to make sense of the world. They have much more social and political freedom than any previous generation Continue reading How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti