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Archive for June, 2009

A scanty month dominated by another bout of Depression. In fact a week of recovery at the beginning June has only punctuated an episode which began in May and from which I am far from recovered. The problem in writing about Depression is that it is miserably re-iterative, solipsistic and impossible to make interesting. Depression is a state of complete negativity – not feeling, not thinking, not doing and not being. It is absence and silence. So I will pass over it and note those few things of interest which have occurred this month. (more…)

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I have been reading Charles James Fox Man of the People by David Powell(1989) and reproduce the comments I have made on the Eighteenth Century Worlds list. >>>I have now finished David Powell’s book : unfortunately it is not  good  and cannot really be recommended. It is poorly-written and unscholarly – there are no notes, sources or bibliography. Of course it is designed as a popular biography, but that is no reason why a book should be unscholarly (as Jenny Uglow’s book on Bewick demonstrates). (more…)

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In April we went to see an exhibition of Thomas Bewick vignettes entitled ‘Tale-Pieces’ at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. The Ikon is Birmingham’s contemporary art space so it was rare for it be hosting an exhibition like this; it was also the first time we have visited the gallery, contemporary art not being something in which, for better or worse, I take an interest. The gallery is a wonderful conversion of a Victorian building, very stark and white internally. Each vignette – and they were tiny – therefore stood out well. I wrote to Ellen about the exhibition… (more…)

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Let’s start with the best. May was a remarkable month for original television films featuring two absolute gems, and what is more gems of completely different kinds. I have already written about Compulsion (see blog of 14th May); here I turn my attention to The Unloved co-written and directed by Samantha Morton and screened on Channel 4 on 17th May. (more…)

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