Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tellus Issue 3

The third issue of Ailsa Hunt’s journal of poetry inspired by the classical world. Brian Walter’s “Metrodorus of Skepsis” introduces (to me) this scholar who famously used 360 regions of the zodiacal sky as mnemonic locations for ‘everything he’d ever … Continue reading

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“No Exit” (“Huis Clos”) by Jean-Paul Sartre

[play text] Three characters shown to the same room by a valet. It’s Hell, and the whips, fires and electrodes are replaced by three characters in the same room. It’s the source of the well-known “Hell is other people”, a … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

A great example of mythic cinema: a story which echoes, bounces round, firing grappling hooks to draw things together. The Imperial world is that of the Sun King, of Rome, of Brazil; the game arena is the world of Truman, … Continue reading

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“The Soul Of Man Under Socialism” by Oscar Wilde

A series of cut’n’pastes from Wilde’s essay. Lots here. His sympathies lie with the poor, whose condition he clearly recognises (“[criminals] are merely what ordinary, respectable, commonplace people would be if they had not got enough to eat”). And his … Continue reading

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“Blake’s London: the Topographic Sublime” by Iain Sinclair

The text of a lecture given at Swedenborg House in Bloomsbury, beautifully published by the Swedenborg Archive. Sinclair ranges across territory familiar to those who’ve met his writing before: a historical sense of London very much rooted in place, in … Continue reading

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