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Beyond the Cliché

Seanachie of Pleasures of Underachievement has written a great essay on contemporary French cinema, and says that the popular perception is fogbound in cliché.
One of the favourite punchbags for self-appointed francophobes is French cinema. Boring, dull and talky are the epithets one hears most often, to the extent that for many people, French cinema […]

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This clip dates from 1948, and was made to explain the welfare state to “Charley”, who thinks it’s all a “bleedin´waste of money.” The title is: “Charley’s March of Time.”
Enjoy.

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I don’t know when, but I believe that Conor in some of his posts on the Property market in Ireland has made a couple of mentions of the Kenny Report, which “advocated that just slightly more than the agricultural value of land would be awarded in compensation to landholders whose land was deemed appropriate for […]

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I should say, It’s Friday, Let’s Boogie to the History of Communism in China, but that would be to much of a rip-off of Counago and Spaves legendary Friday afternoon music spot (Hi John!!).
The above is Jeffrey Lewis doing exactly what it says on the tin: providing his hip, indy audience with a history […]

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GHOSTS OF SPAIN

There´s a charity shop on Calle San Pablo, around the corner from where I live, where I like to spend my free time. (I live on Calle Las Armas.) The Spanish - well, at least the Aragonese - do not go in for tiendas de segunda mano. I´ve only come across one second-hand book shop, […]

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Thomas Jones unpicks James Wood’s How Fiction Works and finds that a critic who declares himself an enemy of literary theory can also find himself out of the loop when it comes to history too.
He has a strong sense of literary history - divided into two periods, pre- and post-Flaubert - but his sense […]

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Working Out the Holocaust

In his essay, Pink triangle, Yellow Star Gore Vidal tells the story of what happened when Christopher Isherwood, when arguing with a young Jewish movie producer about the Holocaust, tried to argue that the Nazi’s murder of Homosexuals was as significant as that of Jews:
“In the German concentration camps, Jews wore yellow stars while homosexuals […]

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There is no information in my Department regarding this case other than the statements contained in the Press report published on the 27th November. I am not therefore in a position to express any opinion on the matters raised in the second part of the question… The circumstances of the case appear to me to […]

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Probably the only thing I knew for sure about Alexis De Tocqueville and his book Democracy in America prior to reading an LRB review of Hugh Brogan’s recently published biography was that he was a French man who traveled through America in the 19th century describing the political process as he saw it and thus, […]

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Last Saturday afternoon, having nothing more on my mind than a short stint of browsing, I found myself on O’Connell Street, watching the unfurling of two separate but equal banners. One was for a “Justice for the Bellanboy 3” rally, the other was part of a “know your rights” campaign by the Independent Workers Union. […]

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