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Don Quixote is the best book out there on political theory, followed by Hamlet and Macbeth. There is no better way to understand the tragedy and the comedy of the Mexican political system than Hamlet, Macbeth and Don Quixote. They're much better than any column of political analysis.

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Radical reading and radical writing: remaking children’s literature
Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:25

Radical reading and radical writing: remaking children’s literature

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Professor Kim Reynolds introduces radical children's literature, and says the time has come when children can become radical writers as well as radical readers.  Many people think of writing for children and young people as little more than a training ground for readers; something you pass through on the way to…
Monday, 09 May 2016 16:20

Short story: Snig

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Snig was always losing things. One day he lost his hat. The next day he lost his umbrella. When he put things down, he forgot where he had put them. When he picked things up, he forgot to put them down. He was very forgetful. Sometimes Snig thought he had…
Short story: Cilla and Ray got lucky
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 26 April 2016 13:43

Short story: Cilla and Ray got lucky

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1. I mean, they probably embellished it a bit, but you would, wouldn’t you?   Years selling pot round London. Real London, not just a yuppie movie set. Wideboy kiddie Ray nicking a Lambretta in Brighton off a mod who’d dropped too many pills, and riding it to London to…
Short Story: The Cage
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:33

Short Story: The Cage

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When the man awoke he was surprised to find himself in a small cage. It was about eight feet square and had four walls and a roof all made of metal bars about four inches apart. There was a wooden floor and a full height gate made of the same…
Symphony No.7
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 01 February 2016 15:17

Book Review: The Noise of Time

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Paul Simon reviews The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes. A Pravda editorial early in 1936, possibly written by Stalin himself and more probably merely with his knowledge, is the hinge upon which Julian Barnes’s imaginings of Dmitri Shostakovich’s interior life turns. In this ruthless appropriation of the great Soviet composer for his own…
Book Review: Comrades Come Rally
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 29 January 2016 10:43

Book Review: Comrades Come Rally

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Ian Birchall reviews Phil Brett's novel, Comrades Come Rally, which imagines the development of a revolutionary situation in Britain. Three centuries ago Voltaire lamented that for every one person who read the philosopher Locke, there were a hundred reading Oriental romances. Voltaire’s response was to write Candide, an adventure story…
Lubetkin's Spa Green
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:51

Keep Calm and Nostalgic

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Ross Bradshaw keeps calm while reviewing Owen Hatherley's latest book of essays on nostalgia. This set of essays starts with the well-known image, in Gill Sans type, with a crown at the top and plain lettering saying KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. This annoying slogan, Hatherley found, seemed to follow…
Murder, Mavericks and Marxism
Friday, 22 January 2016 23:33

Murder, Mavericks and Marxism

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Phil Brett looks analyses crime fiction from a socialist perspective. You don’t need to be a professor of English to know that crime fiction is very popular at the moment. Look at the W.H Smith top sellers for 2015 and you’ll find eleven out of the twenty are crime/thriller novels;…
Tyneside Shipyards, 1943
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 18:53

Tyneside Story

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They were gathered together in the rehearsal room - actors, directors, backstage workers for an out of the ordinary meeting. Alf Simpson was there, in his 40s now, not leading man material, but he had been with the People's Theatre for ten years or more. He had a moustache -…
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