The Kama Sutra

March 5, 2011

‘Buy Kama Sutra products direct from the manufacturer’ proclaims one website offering an array of lubricants, powders and paints designed to enhance bodily pleasure. I suspect that the author of Kama Sutra – the sage and practical philosopher Vatsyanya, might […]

Hellman’s Plays

March 5, 2011

The story goes that Lillian Hellman was a writer in search of a subject when her new lover Dashiell Hammet passed her one of his own research sources – a story of whispering and defamation in a girls’school. Hammett, who […]

Antonio Tabucchi – Pereira Maintains

November 10, 2010

Lisbon. Portugal. 1938. The Portuguese regime is supporting Franco in the Spanish Civil War. All good Catholics are being told that they must fight Communism – because it is atheist – even though this means aligning with Fascism. Hitler, Mussolini […]

Kids Are All Right

November 3, 2010

I was in New York City last week in a dark movie theatre listening to roars of laughter as the audience watched the lesbian movie that is changing social history – The Kids Are All right. When the lights went […]

The Reader Organisation

November 2, 2010

The Big Society is up and running in Liverpool. This is not a government initiative or an expensively funded community project that fizzles out; it is The Reader Organisation. In 1997, Jane Davies, a woman who is a cross between Florence […]