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Melting Point by Baret Magarian

Book Review: Melting Point by Baret Magarian

February 20, 2020 No Comments

In the normal course of things, the brevity of the short story can ensure that even the most elegant of constructions, the most cathartic of conclusions, can fade from the memory.

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Review: The Scholar Stones Project, Yelena Popova, Holden Gallery, MMU

February 15, 2020 No Comments

In order to leave its mark, art need not explode with the ferocity of the fission that catalyses both nuclear reactor and bomb.

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Exhibition Review: 100 Years of Council Housing, Manchester Central Library

January 15, 2020 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: 100 Years of Council Housing, Manchester Central Library

Manchester, a city which likes to tell itself it has always led the laggards elsewhere, was building municipal housing long before the introduction of the Addison Act in 1919.

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Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

November 30, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: The Complex by Michael Walters

It was Philip K. Dick, burning amphetamines and racing for deadlines, who first staked out the paranoiac territory of fiction where rabbit holes lead to competing realities, a frontier colonised further by the likes of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. Dick, however, had a parallel career, one more down to earth in all senses of that phrase, in which the dramas were firmly rooted in the incontestable every day.

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Review: Understated – Celebrating the Creativity of Pete Shelley, The Turnpike, Leigh

November 26, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Understated – Celebrating the Creativity of Pete Shelley, The Turnpike, Leigh

It does him proud.

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Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

November 16, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Shakespears Sister, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

There’s always been something of the magpie about Siobhan Fahey, a pop star with a fan’s fascination for pop.

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Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

November 4, 2019 Comments Off on Music Review: Twin Peaks Soundtrack Live, Manchester Camerata, Yes

If ever a television series was to pass across the flat screen looking glass to haunt the reality that watched it, it would be Twin Peaks. Unlike anything else when it was first transmitted, the singular creation of David Lynch and Mark Frost shifted genre and tone, time and place, the everyday and the uncanny. If darkness could bleed through into the daydreams of a homecoming queen, if people could fall out of the world, why might not such a reality slip into this one? Why not especially on All Hallow’s Eve when tradition insists that the doorway between this world and the next is easiest to cross?

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Review: The Psychedelic Furs, O2 Ritz Manchester

October 20, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Psychedelic Furs, O2 Ritz Manchester

If the surface of pop is glitter then The Psychedelic Furs are sandpaper, rubbing it up the wrong way.

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Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

October 16, 2019 Comments Off on Review: The Forgotten Women of Bauhaus, Naomi Wood, Manchester Literature Festival

When it comes to novels, there’s an art to research.

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Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

October 14, 2019 Comments Off on Review: Brett Anderson, Manchester Literature Festival, The Dancehouse

Suede doesn’t fit the story.

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