Journalism

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 […]