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Articles relating to: Desmond Bullen

Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

Potentially, at least, the author is a time traveller, and the novel their time machine, one which – Tardis-like – contains the whole of their fixed point in history while being simultaneously their means of stepping outside of it and into the future.

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

April 2, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

At its best, pop resists the definitive. It side-steps the constraints of those who try to pin it down and restrict it to a dull litany of the usual saints, the Dylans and the Lennons, the Whites and the Sheerans, those who are dead and those who might as well be, desiccating them into relics and museum pieces, suitable for endless resale.

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Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

March 31, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

It depends on how you look at things: what you see, what you notice, what you take heed of.

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Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

March 24, 2022 Comments Off on Film Review: Explota explota (My Heart Goes Boom!), ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival, HOME, Manchester

The anglicised title of Explota explota, a generous-spirited jukebox musical about Francoist Spain and dancing, is an irresistible invitation to declare, almost without shame, that the ¡Viva! 28th Spanish & Latin American Festival at Manchester’s HOME opens with a bang. Or should that be a ‘pop’?

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Dream Girl - Laura Lippman

Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

March 23, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Dream Girl by Laura Lippman

It is hardly unusual these days to find that the protagonist of a widely admired paperback is a writer.

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The Stasi Poetry Circle

Book Review: The Stasi Poetry Circle by Philip Oltermann

January 25, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: The Stasi Poetry Circle by Philip Oltermann

If the past is, in L.P. Hartley’s endlessly quoted observation, a foreign country, then how much more disorientating must it be to attempt to find one’s bearings doubly lost, adrift both in the past and a foreign country?

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Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

Book Review: Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

November 22, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson

I always thought that there was something of the goth about Karen Carpenter.

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The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

Book Review: The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

November 4, 2021 Comments Off on Book Review: The House with Two Letter-Boxes by Janet H. Swinney

It’s easy to forget how relentlessly the years rack up, especially in the apparent pause of the past 20 months, leaving the shared certainties of what once seemed like the height of modernity to recede with deceptive speed until they finally appear, in the safety of hindsight, as at once quaint and faintly barbaric.

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Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

June 3, 2020 Comments Off on Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing

If there’s one thing the pandemic has brought home, it’s the importance of the uncelebrated.

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