Monthly Archives: March 2013

And now for a totally different sort of (Easter) Eigg – Alastair McIntosh’s Soil and Soul: People versus corporate power

I’ve been desperate to write about this book ever since I started reading it many weeks ago – but how to write about a book as rich and multilayered, as unique, as Alastair McIntosh‘s Soil and Soul: People versus corporate … Continue reading

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What has nature ever done for us? by Tony Juniper: Most important book for the future of our planet I’ve read

So, I’m making a big call here. I was planning to blog about two important books today, Tony Juniper’s What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How money really does grow on trees, just published, and Alistair McIntosh’s Soul and … Continue reading

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‘all the fevers of the flesh and the languid tenderness of love’: Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary

‘So Paris swam before her eyes, like a shifting ocean glimmering through a rose-coloured haze … The whole of her immediate environment – dull countryside, imbecile petty bourgeois, life in its ordinariness – seemed a freak, a particular piece of … Continue reading

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Music on my mind: Fredric Jameson, Wagner’s Ring cycle and affect

I have music on my mind, again. Nick Cave (courtesy of his concert at the Opera House last week and one at the Enmore Theatre this weekend), Puccini (La Boheme), Schubert (Anna Goldsworthy’s excellent essay on pianist and Schubert interpreter … Continue reading

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