Why are live albums so unpopular generally compared to studio releases? Continue reading
There’s a common complaint that modern film quality is tanking compared to the quality of films released in the past few decades. The cinemas are awash with sequels, universes, prequels, remakes, missing links, and excessive exercises in pandering for the sake of money grubbing. This is, of course, a major generalisation. Continue reading
I have spent the past fortnight obsessively listening to Frances the Mute, the 2003 release by critically confusing band The Mars Volta. Continue reading
Was Tolstoy justified in making Anna Karenina and War and Peace as long as they are? Continue reading
Some time ago I attempted to hash out an argument that art could be objectively assessed. But I’m unsatisfied with my logic in hindsight regarding Roland Barthes. The focus of this website was different back then, so I started rambling about modern American politics halfway through the discussion, a surface-level topic which I now find a droll waste of time.
This is a proper… call it a challenge, if you like, of ‘Death of the Author.’
When writing, you need to keep in mind the purpose of your writing and the culture you’re working in. When offering criticism, you need to do the same thing. Continue reading
I had the pleasure not only of reading Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil recently, but reading a second-hand copy with a mysterious note in the front. Happy days! Continue reading