Culture


Personal critique – Why are We the Good Guys?

29 August 2013 Why are We the Good Guys? Reclaiming your mind from the delusions of propaganda, by David Cromwell, reviewed by Richard Goulding

State of mind – The Invention of the Land of Israel

28 August 2013 The Invention of the Land of Israel: from holy land to homeland, by Shlomo Sand, reviewed by Richard Kuper

Fighting a plague

27 August 2013 Mark Pendleton reviews two film histories of the inspiring story of AIDS activism in the US

Dictating the agenda – Murdoch’s Politics

27 August 2013 Murdoch’s Politics: how one man’s thirst for wealth and power shapes our world, by David McKnight, reviewed by Benedetta Brevini

The people’s painter

26 August 2013 Tate Britain’s L S Lowry exhibition seeks to rescue his work from the enormous condescension of the art world. Michael Calderbank spoke to co-curator Anne Wagner

Marching on to war – The March That Shook Blair

26 August 2013 The March That Shook Blair: An oral history of 15 February 2003, by Ian Sinclair, reviewed by Paul Anderson

Two brains to rub together – Genes, Cells and Brains

25 August 2013 Genes, Cells and Brains: the Promethean promises of the new biology, by Hilary Rose and Steven Rose, reviewed by Alice Bell

Giving homeless young people a voice through theatre

15 August 2013 Edd Mustill reviews Home, a play at the National Theatre Shed

Fighting and winning: the struggle for the Hackney Empire

15 August 2013 Taking on the Empire: How We Saved the Hackney Empire for Popular Theatre by Roland Muldoon, reviewed by Jane Shallice

Radical wormholes: our favourite science fiction

5 August 2013 Debra Benita Shaw picks her top ten sci-fi novels that punch holes in capitalist reality

Other worlds are possible: science fiction authors roundtable

5 August 2013 Leigh Phillips joins authors Gwyneth Jones, Marge Piercy, Ken MacLeod and Kim Stanley Robinson to discuss the role of science fiction in extending the radical horizons of our imaginations

Uhuru Lumumba! A Season in the Congo review

23 July 2013 Catherine Hoskyns reviews A Season in the Congo at London's Young Vic

The Knife shake it to the left

4 July 2013 The haunting and abrasive new album from The Knife challenges common assumptions about political music, says James Taylor

Oil City: campaigning theatre

19 June 2013 Siobhan McGuirk experiences Oil City, an immersive, site-specific play produced by campaign group Platform

Soldier Box: an antidote to the government line

19 June 2013 Soldier Box by Joe Glenton, reviewed by Josh Watts

Review – You Can’t Evict an Idea

18 June 2013 Liam Sheehan reviews You Can't Evict an Idea, by Tim Gee

Classic book: The Bell Jar

8 June 2013 Mel Evans takes a look back at The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 50 years on

Paper walls – Borderline Justice

7 June 2013 Borderline Justice: the fight for refugee and migrant rights, by Frances Webber, reviewed by Matt Carr

Revenge of the east – From the Ruins of Empire

6 June 2013 From the Ruins of Empire: the revolt against the west and the remaking of Asia, by Pankaj Mishra, reviewed by Jonathan Steele

K – Tales of the disappeared

5 June 2013 Jan Rocha writes on Bernado Kucinski’s novel K, with its insight into the experience of military dictatorship in Brazil

GDP: A not so magic number

5 June 2013 Gross Domestic Problem: the politics behind the world’s most powerful number, by Lorenzo Fioramonti, reviewed by Marco Berlinguer

Women’s arrows – New South Asian Feminisms

4 June 2013 New South Asian Feminisms: paradoxes and possibilities by Srila Roy (ed), reviewed by Adele Webb

Modern as tomorrow: Gangsters

1 June 2013 Capitalism is a racket, its power underwritten by violence. BBC TV’s Gangsters from the 1970s has a depth of insight that most contemporary dramas lack, argues Frank Carney

Upholding a coup: Haiti’s New Dictatorship

30 May 2013 Haiti’s New Dictatorship by Justin Podur, reviewed by James O’Nions

The Condition of the Working Class: what’s changed?

21 May 2013 Filmmakers Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill discuss their new Engels-inspired documentary, The Condition of the Working Class, with Clive James Nwonka

‘Never again!’ says Germany’s anti-national movement

14 May 2013 Raphael Schlembach reviews Against the Nation: Anti-National Politics in Germany, by Robert Ogman

Days of hope: The Spirit of ’45 review

25 April 2013 Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45 is not just an exercise in nostalgia but a compelling intervention into the politics of the present, writes Alex Nunns

Film review: The Gatekeepers

17 April 2013 Brian Precious reviews a documentary that shows the calculated brutality of Israel’s security services – using their own words

Review: Riots Reframed

9 April 2013 Michael Pooler reviews a film that gives an alternative view of the 2011 riots

Singing our stories

28 March 2013 Socialist singer-songwriter Dave Boardman reviews Union Made, the new album by radical folk supergroup Union of Folk

Classic book: Further fragments

28 March 2013 As Beyond the Fragments by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright is set to be republished, Jane Wills looks at its significance

Cruel Britannia: Brute detail

27 March 2013 Cruel Britannia: a secret history of torture, by Ian Cobain, reviewed by Frances Webber

Catastrophism: The truth won’t set you free

27 March 2013 Catastrophism, by Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen and James Davis, reviewed by Nic Beuret

Beyond Walls and Cages: the politics of exclusion

26 March 2013 Beyond Walls and Cages: prisons, borders and global crisis, eds Jenna M Loyd, Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, reviewed by Lioba Hirsch

The Question of Strategy: an urgent discussion

26 March 2013 John McDonnell MP reviews The Question of Strategy - Socialist Register 2013

The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan: an alternative vision of hip hop

22 March 2013 Kaspar Loftin says a caravan across Africa is a revitalisation of the genre’s original political power

Scouse: a class accent

18 February 2013 Michael Calderbank speaks to Tony Crowley, author of Scouse: A Social and Cultural History

Degenerates remembered

22 January 2013 Ian Hunter looks at an exhibition and project remembering persecuted artist Kurt Schwitters

A class act

18 January 2013 Nicholas Beuret looks at E P Thompson's classic The Making of the English Working Class

A flame of butterflies

14 January 2013 Flight Behaviour, by Barbara Kingsolver, reviewed by Kitty Webster

Athenian nights

10 January 2013 Discordia: Six nights in crisis Athens, by Laurie Penny and Molly Crabapple, reviewed by Mel Evans

Economic odysseys

6 January 2013 Scattered Sand: the story of China’s rural migrants, by Hsiao-Hung Pai, reviewed by Greg Fay

Lively London

2 January 2013 London’s Overthrow by China Miéville, reviewed by Frank Carney

We won’t be told – Argentina’s horizontalism

20 December 2012 Everyday Revolutions: horizontalism and autonomy in Argentina, by Marina A Sitrin, reviewed by Isabelle Koksal

Books in red wrapping paper

15 December 2012 Philosophy Football's Mark Perryman introduces his best left-wing books of 2012 for a hopeful materialist's seasonal gift list

No better model

12 December 2012 The Making of Global Capitalism: the political economy of American empire, by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin, reviewed by Patrick Bond

Call this art?

10 December 2012 The Artist Placement Group brought artistic practice to British workplaces in the 1960s and 1970s. Janna Graham reviews a new exhibition of their work

The M word

4 December 2012 Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, reviewed by Mel Evans

Back to the shop floor

4 December 2012 Edward Webster looks at Working for Ford, by Huw Beynon (1974)

Untouchables: a different way to make sense of Leveson

3 December 2012 Untouchables: dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard, by Michael Gillard and Laurie Flynn, reviewed by Kevin Blowe



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