Monthly Archives: June 2012

Poetry Parnassus, London

POETRY PARNASSUS TUESDAY 26 JUNE – SUNDAY 1 JULY 2012 The world’s poets come to London. There are over 100 free events, activities and workshops happening every day throughout the festival. The world’s most exciting poets, rappers, spoken word artists,…

Philosophical Novels

What’s the big idea? Jennie Erdal Dostoevsky tackled free will, Tolstoy the meaning of life – but is it still possible to write philosophical novels? At St Andrews University in the early 1970s, philosophy was still a required subject for…

Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky: A Literary LifeBy Lev LoseffTranslated by Jane Ann Miller(Yale University Press, 333 pp., $22) Pride and Poetry Michael Scammell Joseph Brodsky caught the attention of the outside world for the first time in 1964, when he was tried…

How Roland Barthes Gave Us the TV Recap Among the brand-name French theorists of the mid-20th century, Roland Barthes was the fun one. (Foucault was the tough one, Derrida was the dreamy one, Lacan was the mysterious one — I…