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Tamara De Lempicka and Style

Tamara De Lempicka is one of my favourite artists. Yet, I was wondering to myself today, what exactly it was that attracted me to her style and aesthetic. I decided to write down my impressions as I surveyed one of her works which most attracted me – Girl in a Green Dress.   Colour – … Continue reading

Book Review – D is for Dahl

Roald Dahl’s books have sold over 90 million copies worldwide and still remain popular. However, Dahl once encountered a reader who was severely displeased with his work. On this occasion, he helped his daughter Lucy with her English homework. He wrote a story especially for her, then Lucy copied it out neatly and handed it … Continue reading

29th October 2014

I was painting the house today again – hours of boring and mindless toil (imagine what life must be like for those that paint every day for a living). I ate my lunch in front of the kitchen window, my mind whirling around my personal thoughts while I chewed methodically. It was a cheese, mayonnaise … Continue reading

28th October 2014

My dream this morning: I was sitting in the Classics room in my old High School next to N. Knight, one of the boys that I went to school with and who, last I heard, had done a PhD at Oxford in some scientific subject and then went on to study medicine. I kept on … Continue reading

Book Review – The Forgotten Tale of Larsa by Seja Majeed

I first met Seja Majeed a few years ago. I had criticised a poster campaign she was part of and the article led her to the blog I was writing at the time. She turned out to be a friendly presence online, very giving with suggestions for writing material and opportunities. It also turned out … Continue reading

25th October 2014

Last night I was eating a dinner of boiled rice with kidney beans in curry. I was praising myself for eating something that was economical, because it had cheap ingredients and could be made cheaply, and something that was fairly environmentally friendly. However, as I shovelled forkfull after forkfull into my mouth, gradually, the charm … Continue reading

Book Review – Little Boy Lost by Marghanita Laski

Little Boy Lost Marghanita Laski Persephone Books   When I was very much younger, my grandfather would take me on long walks. Here, in the shaded fresh air amongst the trees, upon the cool, green grass, the sprightly old man would entertain me with stories from India and I would be absolutely spell-bound.   My … Continue reading

Book Review – Art and Feminism by Helena Reckett and Peggy Phelan (eds.)

Art and Feminism Helena Reckett and Peggy Phelan (eds.) Phaidon   “Alluringly open, deceptively simple, art and feminism is a seductive subject.” Thus writes Peggy Phelan at the outset of her survey in this brilliant overview. However, Phelan also indicates the difficulties in exploring the seductions of this important topic, writing “(f)ull of strange overlays … Continue reading

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Book Review – Darwin’s Camera by Phillip Prodger

Darwin’s Camera: Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution  2009 Phillip Prodger   I came to Prodger’s book trawling for quotations for my own academic work on the history of photography and was therefore a different reader from the generalist that the book appeals to. However, as I read, I became aware of the … Continue reading