David Bowie became a star in eighteen months. He spent the rest of his career trying to refuse the narratives of stardom.
Suspicion is a 1950s detective novel by the Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt that combines noir and metaphysics. Good call by Pushkin Press to republish an English translation.
All professional cyclists crash, and they crash often. It’s hard to think of another sport where everyday calamity is such an ordinary part of the routine.
It’s well written, but it’s hard to care about many of the characters. I’d have happily killed off the self-regarding Dupayne family in the first chapters.
One From The Other is set in the ambiguous demi-monde of Germany’s post-war reconstruction. Beautifully plotted and well written.
Since it’s Easter Monday, it seems appropriate to share the lyric of “Search and Destroy“, words by Clive James, music … More
Dan Hancox’ The Village Against The World (Verso, 2014) is an account of Marinaleda, the anarcho-syndicalist village (my label) … More
The Cartoons Editor of the New Yorker looks at about 1,000 cartoons a week, and passes on 50 to the Editor, who will use about 17.
The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is built as a series of interlocking arches, the better to make the space for 60,000 names of the British and French missing. Gavin Stamp’s account made me want to visit it.
It comes as a shock to open a sports autobiography in which the protagonist never won as a professional – at least not individually – and who admits, quite early on, that the pressure of winning was too much for him.