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

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

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