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Debut Novels: Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

When Gothic literature emerges in 18th century London a brutal, industrial modernism is unfurling its ugly flesh and bones in
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Cult Film: Sonny Boy
“Sonny Boy’s my kid. I made him what he is. And he ain’t no painter.”
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Cult Film: The Iron Rose
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Film: Police Beat
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Film: Kinski’s Paganini; consuming cinema in a broken world
Klaus Kinski was a crazy person. Sure, his Wikipedia page opens by stating that he was German actor known for his work with acclaimed director Werner Herzog, but, mostly, he was a maniac.
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Books: John Cheever’s ‘Falconer’
A millennia and a half before Alain de Botton wrote Consolations of Philosophy, the 6th century Roman senator and philosopher, Boethius, was scratching out Consolation of Philosophy; a set of philosophical musings about how happiness is still attainable in an evil and fickle world.
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Books: Saul Bellow’s ‘Seize the Day’
Unlike many of his literary contemporaries, Saul Bellow’s novels don’t exactly lend themselves to film adaptation.
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Punk: 1976-1980
Alright, it’s 1976, and punk is here. With bands Black Flag, The Damned, Buzzcocks, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Clash being formed and hitting the public eye and ear with full force.
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Great Lyricists: Stephen Malkmus
My first exposure to the work of Stephen Malkmus came in 1994, arriving on the back of a shabby romantic entanglement I was just entering into.
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Great Lyricists: Billy Bragg
In Leon Gast’s outstanding boxing and cultural documentary, When We Were Kings, Norman Mailer spoke about a critical moment in the fight between Mohammed Ali and George Foreman in Zaire when, after a rain of blows, Ali watched Foreman, like an American Adam, stagger to the canvas.
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Books: Albert Camus ‘A Happy Death’
As a major influence on the 20th century French literary scene, it’s sometimes forgotten that Albert Camus was a Pied-Noir
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Punk rock 1970-75: urban and urbane
By the time 1971 rolled around, proto-punk degeneracy had begun to gain traction in the underground scene.
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Cindy Sherman: Pinup But Not Pinned Down
At the height of the art world’s rendition of the feminist movement, gender theorist Lucy Lippard declared that, “It is a subtle abyss that separates men’s use of women for sexual titillation from women’s use of women to expose that insult”.
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Music: Icelandic colour- top 5 Bjork moments
Along the spectrum of audio, visual and tactile splendour that is Bjork, Rasheeda Wilson recounts her top 5 favourite moments.
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Proto Punk Progenitors: 1965-1970
The punk movement is remembered loathsomely in some quarters for its iconic angry barks from youths in revolt, draped in rattling chains and safety pins, which ironically became something of a uniform in the ’70s.
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5 of the best: songs about dancing
“Dance like there’s nobody watching”, said William W. Purkey. “Dance is the hidden language of the soul”, said Martha Graham. “It’s your sister’s wedding and you’re embarrassing the whole family dancing like that”, said my mum.
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Top 5 TV Characters
This is not a list for the greatest protagonists in television of all time. Let’s be honest, you already know who they are.
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Novels of 1991: Five of the Best
Editors note: in celebration of all literary things coming out of 1991, our literary savant, Neve Mahoney, has written a review of her favourite 5 novels of that year. Feel free to debate the call in comments.
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Film: Wim Wender’s America: Paris, Texas
“I knew these people…These two people. They were in love with each other. The girl was very young, about 17 or 18, I guess. And the guy was quite a bit older. He was kind of raggedy and wild. And she was beautiful, you know. And together they turned everything into a kind of adventure.”
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Books: Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’, the original young adult fiction
Whether they’ve read it or not, it’s a book title most women will have come across.
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Film: Robert Altman’s Short Cuts – A Long, Good Thing
A decade ago this week, American director, screenwriter and producer, Robert Altman, died at the age of 81.
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Music: Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger’s 25th anniversary
When Soundgarden released their third album Badmotorfinger in 1991, the Soviet union was on its last gasp, the first Gulf War had begun, apartheid was being repealed in South Africa, Jeffrey Dahmer was arrested for eating humans and publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Film: Scream – Self-referential as hell
When I first saw that Scream was playing at the cinema again (one night only!), I had two thoughts;
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Television: High-School Hell: Buffy, a Season One Retrospective
Buffy The Vampire Slayer: a show you may have heard of, but never bothered to watch.
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Film: Roman Holiday, a vacation from self
Love, comedy, and melancholy…these are the plinths that build the foundation of William Wyler’s 1953 film, Roman Holiday.
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Film: American Horror- the Church of Satan and Rosemary’s Baby
Fifty years ago, in 1966, ex-carny, cocktail bar organist and noted fabulist, Anton Szandor LaVey, ran away from the circus to found the Church of Satan.
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Film: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, a Nostalgic Past You Shouldn’t Revisit Too Often
​“The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”
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Film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Still Sends Chills Down our Spines
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and is directed by Christopher Columbus.
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Before “So Fetch” And “As If”, There Was “How Very”. Heathers And The 80’s ‘It’ Girl.
Heathers, the 1989 cult classic film, recently gained attention due to the off-broadway musical of the same name recently adapted by an Australian production.

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