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A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.
3 days ago
The Pet Shop Boys paradox
Lynsey Hanley on the Pet Shop Boys and how a music duo that has always refused to play the pop game just keeps winning; The TLS’s history editor David Horspool talks us through a selection of articles on medieval history, including a compelling account of Henry III, a pious and peculiar king, who, against the odds, reigned for more than half a century ‘Pet Shop Boys, Literally’ and ‘Pet Shop Boys Versus America’, both by Chris Heath Blood Royal: Dynastic politics in medieval Europe by Robert Bartlett Henry III 1207–1258: The rise to power and personal rule by David Carpenter Westminster Abbey: A church in history, edited by David Cannadine See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3 days ago
Bernardine Evaristo wins again
When, last year the writer and activist Bernardine Evaristo, won the Booker Prize for fiction – becoming in fact, the first black British person to do so – we at the TLS were not surprised. Evaristo has written for us for some years now, and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’, the novel for which the prize was awarded, was only the latest in a run of novels full of life and questions and challenges. And the recognition keeps coming. This week brought two more prizes at the British Book Awards; 'Girl, Woman, Other' won in the Fiction category and Evaristo was named Author of the Year. In this reissued episode of the TLS podcast, recorded just after winning the Booker Prize, the author speaks to our fiction editor Toby Lichtig See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 24, 2020
Holiday in the living room
TLS editors pick through the books some of our writers will be reading this summer, and share their own selections. Visit the-TLS.co.uk to read the 'Summer Books' feature in full See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 17, 2020
Don’t forget Edward Earl Johnson
The death row lawyer Clive Stafford Smith certainly can’t, especially as this week should have seen Edward Earl Johnson turn sixty. Instead, in 1987, he was executed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary for a crime nobody thinks he committed; Harry Sidebottom considers the ancients’ view on the plague, a serious outbreak of which occurred somewhere around the Mediterranean every ten to twenty years; “If oil is the blood of the global economy, shipping is the circulatory system”, say Tom Stevenson, who describes how the world’s economic and diplomatic relationships play out at sea Fourteen Days in May – BBC Storyville, on BBC iPlayer Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and capitalism in the Arabian peninsula by Laleh Khalili See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 10, 2020
Finding art in lockdown
What art have we been enjoying in lockdown? What are we most missing? And what is the future of art institutions? The TLS's arts editor Lucy Dallas joins us to discuss; Edith Hall tells us about Artemidorus, the author of an ancient dream manual now finally available in English; David Bromwich on democracy and the rise of the strongman A symposium on art in lockdown by the TLS , plus commentary by Nicholas Kenyon The Interpretation of Dreams by Artemidorus, translated by Martin Hammond An Ancient Dream Manual – Artemidorus’ The Interpretation of Dreams, by Peter Thonemann See David Bromich’s round-up of books on the TLS website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 3, 2020
Slave driver, the table is turn
Colin Grant on several hundred years of Jamaican excellence and dysfunction; fifty years since the death of E. M. Forster, Michael Caines considers Forster’s legacy as a novelist and critic; the poet A. E. Stallings on an Athens slowly emerging from lockdown The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the postcolonial predicament by Orlando Patterson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 27, 2020
How to be alone
The poet and novelist Adam Foulds on the evolution of loneliness and its traditionally privileged cousin, solitude; Sam Leith on thrills, spills and racism in Willard Price’s children’s Adventure series; Molly Guinness dips into 300-odd years of children’s books and finds leaden instruction, radical ideas and pure nonsense A History of Solitude by David Vincent A Biography of Loneliness: The history of an emotion by Fay Bound Alberti Discovering Children’s Books, the British Library online British Literature Catalogue, Peter Harrington See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 20, 2020
Townies and gownies
Hirsh Sawhney files a lockdown dispatch from New Haven, Connecticut, the uneasy home of Yale University; Arin Keeble talks us through the tricksy, rewarding and under-known work of Percival Everett; Lauren Kassel on the history of astrology, one of the oldest, most complex, intellectually powerful – and controversial – sciences Telephone by Percival Everett A Scheme of Heaven: Astrology and the birth of science by Alexander Boxer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 13, 2020
‘How does it smell?’
The TLS’s philosophy editor Tim Crane guides us through a selection of reviews and essays from this week’s issue, including on the future of AI and what Thomas Hobbes, Susan Sontag, Montaigne and the trolley problem can tell us about our present predicament; the novelist Will Eaves re-reads Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, “a caravan of episodes, made up of people going through the same horror in different ways”, and ponders a big-screen adaptation… See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 6, 2020
Ian Buruma on the twentieth-century Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, a fascist and a fabulist with a hunger for war and a remarkable way of capturing it; Sue Stuart-Smith on gardening in the trenches of the First World War and the concept of horticultural therapy; to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the TLS's history editor David Horspool talks us through a range of books, articles and essays covering the Second World War Selected books Diary of a Foreigner in Paris, by Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian and the French by Stephen Twilley The Well-Gardened Mind: The restorative power of nature, by Sue Stuart-Smith Dresden: The fire and the darkness, by Sinclair McKay The Volunteer: The true story of the resistance hero who infiltrated Auschwitz, by Jack Fairweather See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 29, 2020
Easy as ABC?
James Waddell on the disorderly history of alphabetic order; Beejay Silcox, who fled Cairo for Western Australia as the coronavirus spread, tells a tale of star-crossed lovers; Jordan Sand gives a short cultural history of mask-wearing A Place for Everything: The curious history of alphabetical order by Judith Flanders See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22, 2020
Godzilla, the plague, etc
Lawrence Douglas, in Massachusetts, on the presidential past, present and future of Donald Trump; Irina Dumitrescu, in Germany, on books as escape (attempt) and reading the plague into plague-free books; Lucy Dallas presents this month’s round-up of audio / visual offerings A Very Stable Genius: Donald Trump’s testing of America, by Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig Unmaking The Presidency: Donald Trump’s war on the world’s most powerful office, by Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes American Carnage: On the front lines of the Republican civil war and the rise of President Trump, by Tim Alberta See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 15, 2020
‘It’s not him, it’s us’
William Shakespeare, the writer who – above all others, perhaps – keeps giving and giving. Michael Caines takes us through the latest research, theories and discoveries (or not, as the case may be); Why do women read more fiction than men? Lucy Scholes returns to the age-old conundrum Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, stabbings and broken hearts by Kathryn Harkup Untimely Death in Renaissance Drama by Andrew Griffin Shakespeare in a Divided America by James Shapiro Shakespeare and Trump by Jeffrey R. Wilson ‘Infecting the teller – The failure of a mathematical approach to Shakespeare’s authorship’ by Brian Vickers, in this week’s TLS Why Women Read Fiction: The stories of our lives by Helen Taylor See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 13, 2020
Introducing: Stories of our times
Today an edition of our new daily podcast - Stories of our times. Our new free daily news podcast takes you to the heart of the stories that matter, with exclusive access and reporting. Published for the start of your day, it is hosted by Manveen Rana and David Aaronovitch. If you want to hear more please search for Stories of our times and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. With reading on the rise under the lockdown, TLS editor Stig Abell suggests three books for a little escapism during these uncertain times. Stories of our times is the new daily podcast from The Times. Listen to more episodes here See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 8, 2020
‘A very peculiar telegram’
Ellen Crowell investigates an early-twentieth-century tale of doomed lesbian romance, decadent cryptography, morphine-induced suicide and more; Richard Smyth on the joys of bird-watching during lockdown; Michael Caines reads his poem “Decadence” See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 1, 2020
The kangaroo curve
A recovering Alexander van Tulleken shares some thoughts on the British response to Covid-19; What cultural things are people doing to pass the time in isolation? We asked a selection of our writers, and Lucy Dallas joins us (from what sounds like a small tin box) to pluck at the results See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 25, 2020
Tweets, memes and the smell of masculine
Samuel Graydon reviews two new albums, by the folk troubadour Sam Lee and indie rock band Cornershop, both of which offer innovative and intelligent musical perspectives on modern England; the TLS’s arts editor Lucy Dallas presents this month’s ‘Audio/Visual’, a monthly round-up of listening and watching; Josephine Livingstone grapples with the 'omnivore paradox' in the arts sector: why broader tastes in art have not led to wider participation Featured works Old Wow by Sam Lee England is a Garden by Cornershop Audio: ‘Reply All’, the podcast Visual: ‘Five Guys a Week’, Channel 4 Entitled: Discriminating tastes and the expansion of the arts by Jennifer C. Lena Steal as Much as You Can: How to win the culture wars in an age of austerity by Nathalie Olah Smashing It: Working class artists on life, art and making it happen, edited by Sabrina Mahfouz See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 20, 2020
Tales of a century
Tim Parks talks us through the lockdown from Milan; A. N. Wilson explains the Prayer Book Controversy of the 1920s, and why it's a bit like Brexit; and Anna Girling looks back on the - failed - poetic and critical career of Richard Aldington Richard Aldington, Two volumes, by Vivien Whelpton See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 11, 2020
Frances Wilson gets implausibly angry about the hypocrisy of Patrick O’Brian; Michèle Roberts makes the case for the forgotten author of the nineteenth century, George Sand; Miranda Seymour turns literary detective to identify a new work by Ada Lovelace. And Roz Dineen fails to be enticed by cakes. Romans 1 & 2 George Sand; Edited by José-Luis Diaz and Brigitte Diaz Patrick O’Brian – A very private life Nikolai Tolstoy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 4, 2020
Absolutely worth the hype
Edmund Gordon discusses whether Hilary Mantel's final Cromwell novel lives up to its billing - and whether, at 900-odd pages, it is the right length; Muriel Zagha looks at the female gaze in French cinema, with respect to the new film Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Irina Dumitrescu talks about how to write well, and when to break the rules The Mirror & the Light, by Hilary Mantel Portrait of a Lady on Fire, by Céline Sciamma Why They Can't Write, by John Warner Writing to Persuade, by Trish Hall Every Day I Write the Book, by Amitava Kumar First You Write a Sentence, by Joe Moran Meander, Spiral, Explode, by Jane Alison See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 27, 2020
The Mirror & the Light – an extract from Hilary Mantel's new novel
This week the TLS is running an extract from The Mirror & the Light, the long-awaited third and final volume of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels. In 1538 Thomas Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal, questions Geoffrey Pole, the youngest son of a great family. Pole is accused of conspiring against Henry VIII and attempting to bring back the old religion and reinstate the Pope as head of the Church. (The Mirror & the Light will be published on March 5 by Fourth Estate. The audio book is published by W F Howes and narrated by Ben Miles.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 27, 2020
West Side Storyless
James Shapiro, the author of Shakespeare in a Divided America, discusses the history of West Side Story, the most popular and successful Shakespeare musical of all time, and Ivo van Hove's flawed Broadway adaptation; Toby Lichtig reviews Tom Stoppard's new play Leopoldstadt and talks us through a selection of Jewish-focused pieces in this week's issue of the TLS; David Horspool, the TLS's history editor and a keen consumer of audiobooks, tells us what he has been listening to this month West Side Story, directed by Ivo van Hove Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard, Wyndham's Theatre, London, until June 13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 19, 2020
Vanilla sex in Pompeii
Rebecca Langlands on lessons learnt in the only known ancient Roman brothel; Caroline Moorehead reviews Elena Ferrante's latest novel; Rory Waterman reads a new poem, "Defences" ("'Crikey!' you say. 'It’s gorgeous!'...") Books: The Brothel of Pompeii: Sex, class, and gender at the margins of Roman society, by Sarah Levin-Richardson La vita bugiarda degli adulti, by Elena Ferrante See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 12, 2020
Can't go on. Go on.
Is it the best of times or the worst of times to be a satirist? Madeleine Brettingham, a writer on the BBC's News Quiz, joins us to discuss; Toby Lichtig on a new production of Endgame and the constraints imposed on Samuel Beckett adaptations; founded in the 1960s, the Oulipo was – and remains – a group of writers and scientists striving for "potential literature". Anna Aslanyan considers the movement's legacy March of the Lemmings: Brexit in print and performance 2016–2019, by Stewart Lee The Joke is On Us: Political comedy in (late) neoliberal times, edited by Julie A. Webber Endgame / Rough For Theatre II, at the Old Vic theatre, London The Oulipo and Modern Thought, by Dennis Duncan All that is Evident is Suspect: Readings from the Oulipo 1963–2018, edited and translated by Daniel Levin Becker and Ian Monk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 12, 2020
Anne Enright – a reading from Actress
The Irish novelist reads an extract from her new novel, published in this week's TLS, in print, app and online See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 5, 2020
Daniel Kehlmann, an interview
One of Germany's most acclaimed novelists talks to Maren Meinhardt about his new novel, Tyll, a vivid account of a seventeenth-century trickster's journey through a Europe ravaged by the Thirty Years’ War. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 5, 2020
Bringing Tolstoy down
Caryl Emerson on Tolstoy’s art, ideas and life, and the extent to which these came together; Benjamin Markovits returns to a treasured childhood book: The Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook; Eve Babitz – a “fizzy”, “fabulous” chronicler of 1960s and 70s Los Angeles – is mid revival. Megan Marz fills us in. Lives and Deaths: Essential stories by Leo Tolstoy, translated by Boris Dralyuk Leo Tolstoy: A very short introduction by Liza Knapp Leo Tolstoy by Andrei Zorin The Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Players Handbook by Gary Gygax I Used To Be Charming: The rest of Eve Babitz, edited by Sara J. Kramer Hollywood’s Eve: Eve Babitz and the secret history of L.A., by Lili Anolik See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 29, 2020
Carrier bag or stick?
Lucy Dallas reports on theories, developments and disputes in the world of science fiction; Lawrence Douglas adds crucial historical context – stretching back to the Middle Ages, in fact – to the current US presidential impeachment; the poet Hannah Sullivan emerges from Princeton University Library with fresh insight into T. S. Eliot's love letters The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula Le Guin The Expanse, Volumes 1–8, by James S. A. Corey See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 22, 2020
Did Byron have an eating disorder? Mummy issues? Daddy issues? Does it matter? Emily A. Bernhard Jackson joins us to discuss; Stanley Donwood, the artist and designer of Radiohead's record covers, makes the case for this most democratic of artforms; Keith Miller on the work of the designer and architect Charlotte Perriand, a high-minded high modernist whose life spanned the whole of the twentieth century The Private Life of Lord Byron by Antony Peattie Charlotte Perriand: Complete works, by Jacques Barsac See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 15, 2020
Huge stars in a minor key
Muriel Zagha reviews Marriage Story and considers a few other deserving/undeserving films either lauded or ignored by this year's awards panels; a clip from an interview with Francesca Wade, the author of Square Haunting: Five women, freedom and London between the wars (you'll find the full interview in your podcast feed); this month marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Anne Brontë, the sister whose reputation has been slowest to blossom but who, according to Samantha Ellis, was the most radical and modern of them all See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 15, 2020
Bonus episode: Five women, one radical address
Between 1916 and 1940, Mecklenburgh Square was home to the poet and novelist HD, the detective novelist Dorothy Sayers, the classicist Jane Ellen Harrison, the historian and activist Eileen Power, and, finally, Virginia Woolf, who saw it reduced to rubble. Francesca Wade, the author of 'Square Haunting: Five women, freedom and London between the wars', talks to Thea Lenarduzzi about what drew the women to this small pocket of Bloomsbury. Read an exclusive extract from 'Square Haunting' in this week's TLS, in print and online. 'Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on how to read' is available to purchase via the TLS website. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 8, 2020
Seen and not heard?
Sanam Maher looks at how Muslim women are viewed in the West; Claire Lowdon finds puzzles and philosophy but no pleasure in J. M. Coetzee's recent work; Alan Jenkins explains the significance of the recently opened archive of T. S. Eliot's letters; Jeffrey Wainwright reads his poem "If all this did begin" Books From Victims to Suspects: Muslim women since 9/11 by Shakira Hussein It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim women on faith, feminism, sexuality and race, edited by Mariam Khan The Death of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 1, 2020
Apples and oranges in space
Sam Graydon grapples with quantum physics and the subatomic world; Elaine Showalter considers the 'startlingly racy, contradictory, emblematic' E. Nesbit, the 'first modern writer for children'; Which out-of-print books should be back in circulation and why? Roz Dineen presents the results of a TLS symposium Books Six Impossible Things: The ‘quanta of solace’ and the mysteries of the subatomic world, by John Gribbin Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: The search for what lies beyond the quantum, by Lee Smolin The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Author of ‘The Railway Children’, by Eleanor Fitzsimons The Extraordinary Life of E. Nesbit: Author of ‘Five Children and It’ and ‘The Railway Children’, by Elisabeth Galvin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 18, 2019
The decade that was
TLS editors gather to consider some of the decade’s major cultural shifts and events, with specialist insights from Mary Beard on academia, Beejay Silcox on fiction and Zoe Williams on gender Go to the-tls.co.uk for the full twelve-page retrospective. For the competition, Barbican membership Terms and Conditions can be found here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/membership#faqs. The competition closes December 31, 2019. Good luck. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Dec 11, 2019
Haunted by Miss Austen
A newly discovered, pseudonymously signed mock-letter to the editor of 'The Lady’s Magazine' in 1823 tells the story of a wannabe writer who is visited by the "gentle spirit of Miss Austen". Not only might the letter offer new information on what Austen might actually have been like, says Devoney Looser, it is also the first piece of Jane Austen-inspired fan fiction; Anna Picard discusses the poet Anne Boyer’s memoir of modern illness and considers the intersections of literature and cancer; Jonathan Lynn shares memories of adventures with his cousin Oliver Sacks For more on the Jane Austen story, go to www.the-tls.co.uk 'The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care' by Anne Boyer See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 4, 2019
The Iron Lady and the judo politician
Norma Clarke considers the third and final volume of Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher; having spent the past twenty years reporting on Russia, Owen Matthews tries to put his finger on why Vladimir Putin may prove to be one of the most successful political leaders of our era Books The Code of Putinism by Brian Taylor Putin’s World: Russia against the West and with the rest by Angela Stent The Putin System: An opposing view by Grigory Yavlinsky Kremlin Winter: Russia and the second coming of Vladimir Putin by Robert Service The Return of the Russian Leviathan by Sergei Medvedev, translated by Stephen Dalziel We Need To Talk about Putin: How the West gets him wrong by Mark Galeotti Dealing with the Russians by Andrew Monaghan Putin v. the People: The perilous politics of a divided Russia by Samuel A. Greene and Graeme B. Robertson Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The path from market economy to kleptocracy by Anders Åslund See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
Nov 27, 2019
Books of the Year, 2019
It's that time again... TLS contributors and editors share recommendations from a year of reading See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 27, 2019
Hallie Rubenhold – an interview
The author of 'The Five: The untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper', which won the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction, speaks to Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 20, 2019
Two phat ladies
“Apart from capitalism itself, is there any cultural and economic manifestation in the world today as ubiquitous, powerful and globalized as football?” John Foot assesses two new studies of the game; just over ten years ago, Elizabeth Strout introduced readers to a frustrated maths teacher called Olive Kitteridge. The novelist speaks to Roz Dineen about bringing Olive back onto the scene; the famously over-the-top cookery show ‘Two Fat Ladies’ last graced our television screens twenty years ago. Anna Girling celebrates the legacy of this unlikely union ‘The Age of Football: The global game in the twenty-first century’ by David Goldblatt ‘Ultra: The underworld of Italian football’ by Tobias Jones ‘Olive, Again’ by Elizabeth Strout See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 20, 2019
Elizabeth Strout – an interview
Just over ten years since introducing readers to a frustrated maths teacher called Oliver Kitteridge, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Elizabeth Strout reprises the character in a new novel, ‘Olive, Again’. Here, Strout talks to the TLS’s Roz Dineen about the craft of writing, why Olive has returned, and ageing on the page See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 13, 2019
How to read
TLS editors talk about Virginia Woolf's writing for the TLS, as we publish a collection of the reviews she wrote for us over a period of thirty years; on the eve of George Eliot's bicentennial, Rosemary Ashton talks about how she came to conclusions, moral and otherwise, in her novels; Caryn Rose sees Bruce Springsteen's new film and looks over his 'storied fifty-year career' Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read by Virginia Woolf Long Walk Home: Reflections on Bruce Springsteen, edited by Jonathan D. Cohen and June Skinner Sawyers Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 6, 2019
Cold War machinations
Sarah Lonsdale recounts how writers became enmeshed in national struggles; Jane Yager tells the surprising story of DIY punk in the DDR; we talk to Robert Potts about the pleasures of reading John le Carré ("I was never happier than when I was reading John le Carré") Cold Warriors: Writers who waged the literary Cold War, by Duncan White Burning Down the Haus: Punk rock, revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall, by Tim Mohr Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 30, 2019
Morals and mysteries
Michael Caines reports on an unprecedented gathering of work by William Hogarth, “replete with a bitter exuberance, folly finely observed and sin satirized”; “Sometimes a dark and stormy night calls for nothing more innovative than a classic chilling tale.” Joanna Scutts considers three new compendiums of the spooky and the macabre; Les Green makes a case for changing the UK's constitution (writing it down in one place being a good start...) Hogarth: Place and progress, at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, until January 5, 2020 A Quaint and Curious Volume: Tales and poems of the gothic Women’s Weird: Strange stories by women, 1890–1940, edited by Melissa Edmundson Promethean Horrors: Classic tales of mad science, edited by Xavier Aldana Reyes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 23, 2019
Having asked a selection of writers to nominate their favourite magazines/journals, for a symposium in this week’s TLS, we pick through the results; as Granta turns forty, Alex Clark dives into the magazine’s archives, recently given to the British Library, and emerges clutching gems and old boots (including meeting minutes and evidence of fantasy commissioning); finally, the novelist and translator Lydia Davis talks us through her Thoreau-inspired approach to gardening See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 17, 2019
Bernardine Evaristo – winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction
Bernardine Evaristo speaks to the TLS's fiction editor Toby Lichtig about her novel 'Girl, Woman, Other' See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 17, 2019
David Greig – revisiting 'Solaris'
Having been staged in Edinburgh and Melbourne, David Greig's adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 'Solaris' is now at the Hammersmith Lyric Theatre in London. The TLS's Arts editor Lucy Dallas asks him about returning to this strange story of contact, consciousness and how to avoid using "fremulators" on stage See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 16, 2019
As the Nobel in Literature and the Booker Prize break the rules, split opinion, and (probably) boost sales of a few books, a bunch of TLS editors share their thoughts on the whole endeavour of prize-giving (Michael: "you may as well throw a stone..."); Alexander van Tulleken considers 'War Doctor: Surgery on the front line', David Nott's tales from the operating tables, and floors, of war-torn places; as his stage adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s 'Solaris' comes to London, David Greig, the artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, talks to the TLS's arts editor Lucy Dallas See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 9, 2019
How to grow a human
In this bonus edition of the podcast, William Collins have taken over the feed to play a new episode of their podcast, Ideas Matter. In this exclusive extract, science writer Phillip Ball talks to his editor Myles Archibald about the ideas explore in his book, How To Grow A Human. To subscribe to Ideas Matter and discover more authors by William Collins, click here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 9, 2019
Patronizing writers of colour
As #PublishingSoWhite continues to shame publishers into diversifying their lists, Colin Grant discusses some of the anxieties and complexities beneath the surface; Andrew Motion on why he keeps returning to William Wordsworth; Kate Miller reads a new poem, "Turned-down" Wordsworth’s Fun by Matthew Bevis The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and their year of marvels by Adam Nicolson Wordsworth’s Poetry: 1815–1845 by Tim Fulford See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 2, 2019
Scavenger of eternal truths
Was the 1960s a good decade for Norman Mailer? Thomas Meaney reconsiders the work; Henry Hitchings on Auberon Waugh, anarcho-snob and master of the "vituperative arts"; Toby Lichtig on the vitality of documentary filmmaking ‘Collected Essays of the 1960s’ and ‘Four Books of the 1960s’ by Norman Mailer A Scribbler in Soho: A celebration of Auberon Waugh, edited by Naim Attallah Waugh on Wine, by Auberon Waugh Say What Happened: A story of documentaries, by Nick Fraser Open City Documentary Festival – opencitylondon.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 25, 2019
Unsettled by Sontag
Elaine Showalter on the “avid, ardent, driven, generous, narcissistic, Olympian, obtuse, maddening, sometimes loveable but not very likeable” Susan Sontag; Patrice Higonnet goes in search of the real Robespierre; A. N. Wilson cuts through class, aristocracy, family and fantasy in Downton Abbey Sontag: Her life, by Benjamin Moser Robespierre: L’homme qui nous divise le plus, by Marcel Gauchet Downton Abbey (Various cinemas) Almanach de Gotha 2019, two volumes, edited by John James See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 18, 2019
The recipe for superstardom
"When future historians study these troubled times, they will marvel at the relentless rise of sea levels, strongman politics and Kardashians." So says Irina Dumitrescu, who joins us to discuss the phenomenon of celebrity, from Sarah Bernhardt to the Kardashian-Jenners; Rafia Zakaria on the murder of the Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch, aka "How I'm looking?" girl; Lamorna Ash on 'Bait', a new film about a timeless clash between them and us, set in a small Cornish fishing village The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus Kardashian Kulture: How celebrities changed life in the 21st century by Ellis Cashmore Tweenhood: Femininity and celebrity in tween popular culture by Melanie Kennedy A Woman Like Her: The short life of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher Bait by Mark Jenkin, in various cinemas See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 11, 2019
Is it too late?
The future of the planet is in question this week, or at least, humanity's place on it, as Gabrielle Walker discusses possible solutions to climate change and why we don't need to panic - yet - but we do need to act, together. The TLS's fiction editor, Toby Lichtig, talks us through the hype and hoopla around Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale - and what the book itself is like. And are you Team Scott or Team Zelda? Joanna Scutts looks at 'the messy intertextuality of a marriage', and the question of influence within the Fitzgerald ménage. Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben Losing Earth: The Decade We Could Have Stopped Climate Change by Nathaniel Rich Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime by Bruno Latour The Testaments by Margaret Atwood The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 4, 2019
What do the kids say?
We turn to children's and YA literature in this week's episode, with Rozalind Dineen and Toby Lichtig presenting new releases (as reviewed by a selection of young readers), as well as discussing some of the pros and cons of age-specific reading; Robert Douglas-Fairhurst reintroduces J. M. Barrie's classic work Peter Pan, where a wild imagination masks tragic, sometimes disturbing, realities Alfie On Holiday by Shirley Hughes The Fate of Fausto: A painted fable by Oliver The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell The Burning by Laura Bates See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 21, 2019
'We should all be interested in pigeons...'
What kind of son was Philip Larkin? The TLS's poetry editor Alan Jenkins finds insight in some of the 4,000-odd letters and postcards the poet sent home to his "Mop" and "Pop"; Helen Macdonald, the author of H is for Hawk, tells us more than we could ever hope to know about pigeons and pigeon fanciers; Norma Clarke considers the internet artist Cold War Steve, whose ‘furious absurdism’ has won him some 192.8K Twitter followers, and ponders connections with the eighteenth-century satires of Hogarth and Gillray Letters Home, 1936–1977, by Philip Larkin, edited by James Booth Homing: On pigeons, dwellings, and why we return, by Jon Day Cold War Steve Presents...The Festival of Brexit, by Cold War Steve See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 14, 2019
The most expensive mystery of all
The whereabouts of the "Salvator Mundi", the most costly artwork in the world, are still uncertain, as is its attribution to Leonardo da Vinci. Federico Varese, best known for his studies of the mafia, follows the trail; the TLS's history editor David Horspool considers the inner and outer worlds of Anne Frank’s diary, the actual anniversary of the Peterloo massacre, and a selection of other contributions to this week's special issue; Ladee Hubbard reflects on the late Toni Morrison, who died last week, and considers 'The Pieces I Am', a documentary that highlights Morrison's multifaceted life, work and legacy The Collected Works, by Anne Frank, translated by Nancy Forest-Flier, Susan Massotty, Mirjam Pressler and Kirsten Warner and edited by Mirjam Pressler Peterloo: The English uprising by Robert Poole Legacy: One family, a cup of tea and the company that took on the world, by Thomas Harding The Pieces I Am, by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders See acast.com/privacy for privacy…
Aug 7, 2019
How to be modern: conspiracy theory, free will and the avant-garde
Jill Lepore traces the history of conspiracy theories and the conditions that allow them to thrive; Tim Crane talks us through whether we have free will or not, and why it is still a problem; Michael Caines looks at non-traditional approaches to criticism Books CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THEM, edited by Joseph E. Uscinski CONSPIRACIES OF CONSPIRACIES: How delusions have overrun America, by Thomas Milan Konda THE STIGMATIZATION OF CONSPIRACY THEORY SINCE THE 1950s: ‘A plot to make us look foolish’, by Katharina Thalmann THE AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES AND COVER-UPS: JFK, 9/11, the Fed, rigged elections, suppressed cancer cures, and the greatest conspiracies of our time, by Douglas Cirignano REPUBLIC OF LIES: American conspiracy theorists and their surprising rise to power, by Anna Merlan A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING:The new conspiracism and the assault on democracy, by Russell Muirhead and Nancy L. Rosenblum HARVESTER OF HEARTS: Motherho…
Jul 31, 2019
‘We don’t know what he has, we don’t know what he’s done with it’
Following the discovery of a strange book, Sarah Green revises the story of the late nineteenth-century poet Lionel Johnson, whose legacy was distorted in the 1950s by a criminal with a taste for fancy bedding; in the US, of 70,000 cases that went to disposition in 2016, more than 99 per cent resulted in conviction. What does this tell us? Clive Stafford Smith explains why American justice is a mirage; since 2015, Refugee Tales – part walking pilgrimage, part protest, part collection of narratives about those unjustly treated by Britain’s immigration system – has become an annual event. David Herd tells us what ground remains to be covered Doing Justice: A prosecutor’s thoughts on crime, punishment, and the rule of law, by Preet Bharara See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 24, 2019
Nature for sale
Nick Groom ponders the fate of the beleaguered British countryside and shares new theories about the economics of the natural world; En Liang Khong takes us through the increasingly global phenomenon of Japanese manga (which translates as “pictures run riot”); Damian Flanagan on Mishima, a writer who yearned to transcend time and identity Green and Prosperous Land: A blueprint for rescuing the British countryside by Dieter Helm Who Owns England?: How we lost our green and pleasant land and how to take it back, by Guy Shrubsole Manga, and exhibition at the British Museum in London Star, by Yukio Mishima; translated by Sam Bett The Frolics of the Beasts, by Yukio Mishima; translated by Andrew Clare See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 17, 2019
Unromancing the Romantics
"The sociable side of nineteenth-century musical life is not acknowledged as often as it should be..." – Laura Tunbridge discusses the interconnected, complicated and often contradictory myths and realities that link Chopin, Schumann and Brahms; the TLS's music editor Lucy Dallas takes us through a selection of other pieces on music in this week's issue, including new histories of the blues and the poetic pop of Kate Bush and the Pet Shop Boys; when Irving Sandler wrote his seminal history of abstract expressionism, he neglected to mention Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan and Elaine de Kooning – Jenni Quilter joins us to put these artists back in the frame Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler: Five painters and the movement that changed modern art, by Mary Gabriel Fryderyk Chopin: A life and times by Alan Walker Schumann: The faces and masks by Judith Chernaik Brahms in Con…
Jul 10, 2019
Loving Iris Murdoch
It’s the centenary of the birth of Iris Murdoch, the novelist-philosopher who dominated the literary pages for much of the twentieth century. Where do we stand on her now? Michael Caines and Frances Wilson discuss; This was the week that the US women’s football team won the World Cup. Devoney Looser, the roller derby queen of academia, enjoys “a brief opportunity to revel in America’s better strengths”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 3, 2019
Who reads John Updike?
Do the kids – in these times of identity politics – still read Updike? The answer is “probably not”. But should they? Claire Lowdon makes the case; Toby Lichtig discusses Chelsea Manning, the US Army data analyst turned whistle-blower, and a new documentary on her life; Eric Rauchway considers the prevalence of pro-Nazi feeling and policy in 1940s America and beyond Novels 1959–1965: The Poorhouse Fair, Rabbit, Run, The Centaur, Of the Farm, by John Updike (Library of America) XY Chelsea, directed by Tim Travers Hawkins Hitler’s American Friends: The Third Reich’s supporters in the United States, by Bradley Hart The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a village caught in between, by Michael Dobbs See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 26, 2019
Talk to the hands
Thea Lenarduzzi on the cultural history of gesture and body language; What is Chaucer to us today? When did he become known as the "Father of English poetry", and what did he get up to when he was not writing rude and memorable poetry? Julia Boffey explains; the Stonewall uprising in New York is remembered as a pivotal moment in LGBTQ rights – fifty years on, Hugh Ryan revisits the history Books Dictionary of Gestures: Expressive comportments and movements in use around the world by François Caradec Silent History: Body language and nonverbal identity, 1860–1914, by Peter K. Andersson The Stonewall Riots: A documentary history, edited by Marc Stein The Stonewall Reader, edited by the New York Public Library Pride: Photographs after Stonewall by Fred W. McDarrah Love and Resistance: Out of the closet into the Stonewall era, edited by Jason Baumann See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 19, 2019
Summer Books 2019
TLS contributors – including David Baddiel, Mary Beard, Paul Muldoon and Elizabeth Lowry – give their seasonal reading recommendations; TLS editors wreak havoc and suggest their own. (Visit the-tls.co.uk to read the summer books feature in full.) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 12, 2019
Russian greats and fictional eats
A "new" ending to a Nabokov novel and the unregarded first volume of Vasily Grossman's epic, the "Soviet War and Peace"; Rebecca Reich guides us through these and the question of whether the West is paranoid about Russia or vice versa; Laura Freeman joins us to talk about dinner with the Durrells and pond life sandwiches. Books Stalingrad: A novel by Vasily Grossman Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century by Alexandra Popoff Plots against Russia by Eliot Borenstein The Russia Anxiety by Mark B. Smith Dining with the Durrells by David Shimwell See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 5, 2019
If capitalism is broken, can it be fixed? And can it save the environment? Joseph E. Stiglitz discusses; as we mark seventy-five years since the D-Day landings, William Boyd considers a brilliant new "worm's-eye view" of historical events; a decade after leaving academia for the "wilderness of writing", Stephen Marche returns to report on the troubled field of the humanities The Future of Capitalism: Facing the new anxieties by Paul Collier Capitalism: The future of an illusion by Fred L. Block Money and Government: A challenge to mainstream economics by Robert Skidelsky Normandy ’44: D-Day and the battle for France by James Holland See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 29, 2019
Anna Katharina Schaffner on the cultural history of fat and fat phobia; the TLS's travel editor Catharine Morris on why Paris will always be disappointing, the solitude of open spaces, and the problem with "Victor" the archetypal travel writer; an extract from the 2019 Man Booker International prize-winning Celestial Bodies by Jokha al-Harthi, read by the novel's translator Marilyn Booth Books Fat: A cultural history of the stuff of life by Christopher E. Forth The Truth About Fat by Anthony Warner Fearing the Black Body: The racial origins of fat phobia by Sabrina Strings We’ll Never Have Paris, edited by Andrew Gallix The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich Heida: A shepherd at the edge of the world by Steinunn Sigurðardóttir and Heiða Ásgeirsdóttír, translated by Philip Roughton Where the Hornbeam Grows: A journey in search of a garden by Beth Lynch The Cambridge History of Travel Writing, edited by Nandini Das and Tim Youngs Celestial Bodies by Jokha al-Ha…
May 29, 2019
Celestial Bodies – winner of the 2019 Man Booker International prize for fiction
The Omani novelist Jokha al-Harthi and the translator Marilyn Booth won this year's Man Booker International prize for fiction in translation, for the novel Celestial Bodies, an account of three sisters living in the village of al-Awafi in an Oman on the brink of change. A couple of days after the announcement, at Waterstones book shop in Piccadilly, the winners spoke to the Turkish novelist Elif Shafak about the novel, Arabic culture and modernisation, translation, and women’s wisdom. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 22, 2019
Victoria at 200
To mark the bicentenary of Queen Victoria's birth, the TLS's history editor David Horspool guides us through all manner of Victorian matters, including the Widow of Windsor's mastery of soft power, how different things might have been had she been born a boy, how the Victorians amused themselves, and the Rebecca Riots; we also have a symposium in this week's paper, asking writers and thinkers – including Steven Pinker and Bernardine Evaristo – to tell us about the important books from their childhoods. To discuss this – and to share our own youthful reading – we're joined in the studio by a [insert collective noun here] of TLS editors Go to www.the-tls.co.uk/ to read a selection of articles from our Victorian special issue, and much more. Our symposium was prompted by an initiative – Books To Inspire – launched by Hay Festival Wales, aiming to compile a crowd-sourced list of titles to inspire the next generation. Find out more at hayfestival.com See acast.com/pr…
May 15, 2019
The comedian and writer Helen Lederer joins us to discuss gender and comedy and the new Comedy Women In Print Prize; Lucy Dallas considers a clutch of novels in which animals might offer a little respite from human company; the TLS’s philosophy editor Tim Crane guides us through the riches of this week’s philosophy issue, including how the advent of biological immortality might augur “the greatest inequality experienced in all human history” and what happened when Michel Foucault took LSD in Death Valley To Leave with the Reindeer by Olivia Rosenthal, translated by Sophie Lewis Animalia by Jean-Baptiste del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne The Animal Gazer by Edgardo Franzosini, translated by Michael F. Moore “The last mortals: why we are especially unfortunate to die, when our near-descendants could be immortal", by Regini Rini – see this week’s TLS (in print and online) Foucault in California: A true story, wherein the great French philosopher drops acid in th…
May 8, 2019
Journey to the centre of the earth
Robert Macfarlane joins us to discuss our "peculiar times", the memory of ice, and the world beneath out feet; Margie Orford brings our attention to South Africa at a crucial moment in its history, twenty-five years since the first democratic election and as another makes its mark; Nicola Shulman offers a new theory about race in Disney's original Dumbo, from 1941 Underland: A deep time journey by Robert Macfarlane The Café de Move-on Blues: In search of the new South Africa by Christopher Hope See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 1, 2019
To infinities – and beyond
As Avengers: Endgame is released, Roz Kaveney sweeps us through the shifting cast of superheroes and, latterly, heroines that populate the Marvel Universe, considers the evolving politics of the comic-book film, and answers the question on (some) people's lips: "but why...?"; Imogen Russell Williams's introduces some of the best writing on LGBTQ themes for children and young adults Avengers: Endgame Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood Death in the Spotlight by Robin Stevens Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L. C. Rosen Proud: Stories, poetry and art on the theme of pride, compiled by Juno Dawson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 24, 2019
The life-writing issue
Ruth Scurr on the master biographer Robert A. Caro, whose subjects include Robert Moses, Lyndon B. Johnson and, now, himself; Dmitri Levitin talks us through Diogenes Laertius' Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, an eccentric and often inaccurate guide to early thinkers; Why bother with literary criticism? Whither this generation's Lionel Trilling? Michael LaPointe joins us to discuss Working: Researching, interviewing, writing by Robert A. Caro American Audacity: In defense of literary daring by William Giraldi Hater: On the virtues of utter disagreeability by John Semley Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, by Diogenes Laertius, translated by Pamela Mensch See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 17, 2019
Ian McEwan – an interview
The novelist discusses his new book Machines Like Me with the TLS's fiction editor Toby Lichtig See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 17, 2019
As we like it
There is only one author to whom the TLS devotes an issue every year: William Shakespeare. Michael Caines talks us through the latest theories, research and reviews; Ian McEwan discusses his new novel, Machines Like Me ‘Still a giddy neighbour’ – Shakespeare’s parish in the 1590s, by Geoffrey Marsh, the TLS The Bible on the Shakespearean Stage: Cultures of interpretation in Renaissance England, edited by Thomas Fulton and Kristen Poole Believing in Shakespeare: Studies in longing, by Claire McEachern Religious Conversion in Early Modern English Drama, by Lieke Stelling What Blest Genius?: The Jubilee that made Shakespeare, by Andrew McConnell Stott Shakespeare’s Rise to Cultural Prominence: Politics, print and alteration, 1642–1700, by Emma Depledge Shakespeare: The theatre of our world, by Peter Conrad Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan (Cape) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 10, 2019
Youth injustice system
Shauneen Lambe on ephibiphobia, fear of the teenager, and why we get youth justice wrong; Alice Bloch considers new possibilities at the frontiers of sex and robotics; George Berridge explains why now is the time to take out shares in the novelist Max Porter Why Children Follow Rules: Legal socialization and the development of legitimacy by Tom R. Tyler and Rick Trinkner James Garbarino Miller’s Children: Why giving teenage killers a second chance matters for all of us by James Garbarino Turned On: Science, sex and robots by Kate Devlin Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, adapted by Enda Walsh (Barbican Theatre, before heading to New York) Lanny by Max Porter See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 3, 2019
Whitechapel and Weimar
Anna Picard discusses the problems of subject matter and sensationalism in the new opera Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel; Anna Vaux talks us through the Bauhaus school and its global influence, as well as Lucian Freud's compulsion to create and control Books Jack the Ripper:The Women of Whitechapel by Iain Bell, ENO, until April 12 Walter Gropius: Visionary founder of the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy Josef Albers: Life and work by Charles Darwent Lucian Freud by Martin Gayford See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 27, 2019
A deep history of Europe
Richard Fortey takes us on an energetic sprint through 65 million years of Europe's complex biological history; David Robey introduces the life and work of Emilio Salgari, the Italian Rider Haggard; Ella Baron, the TLS's regular cartoonist, discusses her work, including this week's European cover. Books Europe: A natural history by Tim Flannery Emilio Salgari: Una mitologia moderna tra letteratura, politica, società (volumes I and II) by Ann Lawson Lucas Ella Baron's work will be exhibited at Christie's in London, from April 5 to 10 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 20, 2019
Forgotten, not gone
Carol Tavris considers new approaches to the old problem of old age (and the newer problem of old old age); as secularism wanes on the global scale, Rupert Shortt considers whether religion does more harm than good Books Bolder: Making the most of our longer lives by Carl Honoré Borrowed Time: The science of how and why we age by Sue Armstrong Retirement and Its Discontents: Why we won’t stop working, even if we can by Michelle Pannor Silver Women Rowing North: Navigating life’s currents and flourishing as we age by Mary Pipher On the Brink of Everything: Grace, gravity and getting old by Parker J. Palmer This Chair Rocks: A manifesto against ageism by Ashton Applewhite Does Religion do More Harm than Good? by Rupert Shortt See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 13, 2019
Dave Eggers: The violations start with us
“What we often forget in the daily drumbeat of abuses by the dominant tech companies is our complicity in these abuses, and in the fundamental and unsettling ways the internet has changed every one of us.” As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights enters its seventieth anniversary, Dave Eggers, in the 2018 PEN H. G. Wells lecture, argues that urgent amendments are needed to mitigate the corrosive effects of technology on the societal and the personal. You can read an edited extract from the lecture on the TLS website. This is a recording of an event that took place on December 16, 2018, at the Bridge Theatre, London. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 13, 2019
O, the Edward Gorey of it all
Phil Baker guides us through the morbid, wistful and yet immensely charming world of the writer and illustrator Edward Gorey; Frances Wilson weighs the pleasures and pains of letter and email writing; Ian Sansom on the struggle to be funny Books Born To Be Posthumous: The eccentric life and mysterious genius of Edward Gorey, by Mark Dery What a Hazard a Letter Is: The strange destiny of the unsent letter, by Caroline Atkins Written In History: Letters that changed the world, by Simon Sebag Montefiore In Their Own Words: Volume 2: More letters from history Wit's End: What wit is, how it works, and why we need it, by James Geary Messing About In Quotes: A little Oxford dictionary of humorous quotations, compiled by Gyles Brandreth See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 6, 2019
A nose is a nose is a nose…
David Coward celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Cyrano de Bergerac, whose radical thought has long been obscured by his protuberant nose; Muriel Zagha on Molière, France’s most famous playwright, and a bold new adaptation of Tartuffe; finally, a poem by Stephen Knight: “Rail Replacement Bus Service” (sigh) Molière’s ‘Tartuffe’, a new version by John Donnelly, at the National Theatre, London See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 27, 2019
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas Toby Lichtig comes in to talk the wide scope of Jewish culture, the “lachrymose” theory of history and why it is Arthur Miller time once more. Roz Dineen deals with porn, pile-ons and goop podcasts. And we call Thea when she is “working from home” to check in on her new dog. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 20, 2019
Zadie Smith, in conversation
A conversation between the novelist and essayist Zadie Smith and the journalist Carolina, recorded at Hay Festival Cartagena in Colombia earlier this month. The full Hay Festival archive can be accessed by subscribing to Hay Player online at hayfestival.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 20, 2019
Half glitzy, half dowdy
The writer and comedian Charlie Higson, half of the team behind The Fast Show, on the curious history of comedy written and performed by pairs; the novelist Margaret Drabble considers the dizzying new releases from the estate of Anthony Burgess, the man Philip Larkin once called “the Batman of contemporary letters” Texts Stan & Ollie, directed by Jon S. Baird Morecambe & Wise: 50 years of sunshine, by Gary Morecambe The Double Act: A history of British comedy duos, by Andrew Roberts Soupy Twists!: The full, official story of the sophisticated silliness of Stephen Fry & Hugh Laurie, by Jem Roberts Beard’s Roman Women by Anthony Burgess, edited by Graham Foster Puma by Anthony Burgess, edited by Paul Wake The Black Prince by Adam Roberts Obscenity and the Arts, a talk by Anthony Burgess, edited by Johnny Walsh See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 13, 2019
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: the inaugural Gabriel García Márquez lecture
A recording of the inaugural Gabriel García Marquez lecture given this February by the novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, at Hay Festival Cartagena in Colombia. The full Hay Festival archive can be accessed by subscribing to Hay Player online at hayfestival.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 13, 2019
Narratives of sexual assault
As the MeToo movement continues to focus our attentions on questions around abuse, consent and justice, Rebecca Watson joins us to discuss the various and prolonged impacts of sexual assault, and the warping effect of trauma on narrative; the TLS’s French editor Adrian Tahourdin considers the inexorable rise of “le globish” (by which English words supplant, or pervert, French ones), and presents the diverse and challenging books in contention for this year’s Society of Author’s Translation Prizes Books Not That Bad: Dispatches from rape culture, edited by Roxane Gay A False Report: A true story by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong On Rape by Germaine Greer The President’s Gardens by Muhsin al-Ramli, translated by Luke Leafgren Seeing Red by Lina Meruane, translated by Megan McDowell Kruso by Lutz Seiler, translated by Tess Lewis See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 6, 2019
How Macron went wrong
Eighteen months after Emmanuel Macron rode a wave of optimism to the Élysée Palace, the French are rioting and the President's approval ratings are desperately low – Sudhir Hazareesingh tells us what went wrong; James O'Brien reflects on another week of Brexit bafflement; Laura Freeman introduces the "Hungry Novel", a sub-genre of the post-war British novel in which writers, subsisting on meagre rations of stodge and tinned goods, channelled their appetites into their prose See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 31, 2019
‘American Standard’, a new poem by Paul Muldoon
Read by Lisa Dwan. Full text available at the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 30, 2019
Everything points north
Catherine Taylor on bookish goings on in the north of England, from her family’s bookshop in Sheffield to the Northern Fiction Alliance of small presses; Diarmaid Ferriter considers the fraught matter of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland; Fríða Ísberg on the spectre of war in Icelandic film and fiction Books The Border: The legacy of a century of Anglo-Irish politics by Diarmaid Ferriter Hotel Silence (Ör) by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir Woman at War, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson Section 6 of “American Standard”, a new poem by Paul Muldoon published in this week’s TLS; read by Lisa Dwan (full recording available as a separate podcast episode) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 23, 2019
Reddit's new religions
Imogen Russell Williams on children's books that tackle grief and war, “offering distressed adults the calming certainty of a script, and baffled children the reassurance of straightforward answers”; Carl Miller discusses the creation, and squabbling continuation, of Reddit, one of the most popular websites in the world; A. N. Wilson considers the Travellers Club in London, now in its 200th year, where Britain's prime ministers "got stuff done" Books White Feather by Catherine and David MacPhail The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay An Anty-War Story by Tony Ross Only One of Me by Lisa Wells and Michelle Robinson (illustrated by Tim Budgen and Catalina Echeverri) The Afterwards by A. F. Harrold and Emily Gravett We Are the Nerds: The birth and tumultuous life of Reddit, the internet's culture laboratory by Christine Lagorio-Chafkin The Travellers Club: A bicentennial history (1819–2019) by John Martin Robinson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out informat…
Jan 16, 2019
Egos and experiments
Boyd Tonkin states the case – never overstated – for literature in translation, and reviews a commendable recent effort "to grasp, and to survey, the entire planet of words"; Andrew Scull considers the travails of social psychology and the egos and experiments that professed to tell us something essential about human nature by setting fire to forests or electrocuting dogs... Books Found in Translation: 100 of the finest short stories ever translated, edited by Frank Wynne The Lost Boys: Inside Muzafer Sherif’s Robbers Cave experiment by Gina Perry The Hope Circuit: A psychologist’s journey from helplessness to optimism by Martin Seligman See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 9, 2019
Finer points of murder
Tom Stevenson offers a recent history of political assassination, from a CIA manual of 1953 to the Jamal Khashoggi affair; The literary achievements of Nancy Cunard have long been eclipsed by her image as the archetypal flapper-muse of the roaring 1920s – as Anna Girling reveals a previously unknown short story (published for the first time in this week's TLS), we reassess Cunard's legacy; Who killed Edwin Drood? In 1914, faced with Dickens's final, unfinished novel, prominent literary types gathered to stage the trial of Drood's alleged killer – Pete Orford tells us more... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 2, 2019
Icons familiar and unfamiliar
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas Lara Pawson drops in to tell the tale of David Wojnarowicz, the New York artist whose time has come. Elaine Showalter examines a new biography of Germaine Greer. Kim Addonizio, winner of the Mick Imlah Prize for Poetry, reads her victorious poem. Plus, Lucy admits to having an allotment, and Stig learns he has been introducing the show all wrong. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 26, 2018
Mary Beard's 'Introduction to the Odyssey' – a bonus episode
Who is Odysseus? Why can't he get home? And will the gods help or hinder his journey? In this special episode, the TLS's Classics editor Mary Beard chairs a panel featuring the author and academic Simon Goldhill, the memoirist and translator Daniel Mendelsohn, the poet Karen McCarthy Woolf and the novelist Madeline Miller. This is a recording of a live event, staged in collaboration with the Southbank Centre’s London Literature Festival in October 2018. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 26, 2018
Highlights from 2018 – a bonus episode
An end-of-year edition, bringing together some of our favourite bits from the past twelve months: Kathryn Hughes on whether and where Charlotte Brontë meets Jane Eyre; Margaret Drabble reviews the life and work of Muriel Spark, whose centenary we marked this year; David Baddiel discusses whether Jewishness is inherently funny; Clare Pettitt revisits the history of the Peterloo massacre of 1819. A refresher for regular listeners and a sampler for newcomers – with thanks to all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 15 min
Dec 19, 2018
Arts of the Year 2018
TLS editors discuss some memorable arts events from the past twelve months; plus, food and drink in literature and a preview of the TLS's Christmas double issue, including how to do German food, M. F. K. Fisher, French food slang, pub stories, and a deconstruction of the traditional British Christmas dinner See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 12, 2018
Ode to the orca
Lucy Atkins charts our changing relationship with Orcinus orca, from "demon dolphin" to cuddly icon; Ruth Scurr on the lives and unlikely friendship of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn Books Orca: How we came to know and love the ocean’s greatest predator by Jason M. Colby John Evelyn: A life of domesticity by John Dixon Hunt The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn by Margaret Willes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 5, 2018
Who on earth was William Gilbert?
Michael Caines on the little-known romantic William Gilbert, a “man of fine genius” (according to William Wordsworth) who had “unfortunately received a few rays of supernatural light through a crack in his upper story”; Daniel Beer tells the tale of the Gulag at Solovki, a converted monastery known as “the Paris of the Northern concentration camps”, a place of brutality but also of resistant culture and ideas; finally, Laurence Scott considers the cultural history of shoeshining, from Dickens to Police Squad Books William Gilbert and Esoteric Romanticism by Paul Cheshire Intellectual Life and Literature at Solovki, 1923–1930: The Paris of the northern concentration camps by Andrea Gullotta See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 28, 2018
Our problem with cows
Forty years since the controversial Spanish constitution of 1978, Rupert Shortt, Hispanic editor at the TLS, discusses the painful evolution of democracy in Spain; Siobhan Magee considers our problematic relationship with farmed animals, namely dairy cows, and crops, such as palm oil; Dwight Garner, a literary critic at the New York Times, offers glimpses into his commonplace book, in which four decades of favourite quotations converse with each other Books The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 by Kathryn Gillespie Palma Africana by Michael Taussig See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 21, 2018
The best books of 2018
A handful of TLS editors gather for the yearly process of picking through contributors' Books of the Year selections, and nominate their own books to remember; Serhii Plokhy, the winner of this year's Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for 'Chernobyl: The history of a nuclear catastrophe', speaks to the TLS's History editor David Horspool Selected books The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey Charles de Gaulle: A certain idea of France by Julian Jackson Normal People by Sally Rooney Murmur by Will Eaves Circe by Madeline Miller Talking To Women by Nell Dunn Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss The Collected Letters of Flann O’Brien, edited by Maebh Long Grant by Ron Chernow See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 14, 2018
Is it accurate to call Donald Trump a fascist?
Mary Beard joins us to answer the question: Is it accurate to call Donald Trump a fascist?, while the TLS's fiction and politics editor Toby Lichtig discusses how the President is presented, in books and on film; and Julia Bell looks back on her Oxford entrance interview - with no fondness - and wonders: "Was it a trap or a test?" Books Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis Nobody hates Trump more than Trump by David Shields See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 7, 2018
WW1: Remembering / forgetting
To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the TLS's History editor David Horspool talks us through books, exhibitions and events that commemorate cataclysmic slaughter and scars that endure to this day; it’s easy to think of privacy invasion as a peculiarly modern phenomenon, but it has its own history dating back to the American Civil War – Sarah Igo tells us more; finally, the food writer Bee Wilson discusses two new cookbooks that capture a “fresh mood of experiment in the kitchen” Works discussed Pandora’s Box: A history of the First World War, by Jörn Leonhard (translated by Patrick Camiller) Robert Graves: From Great War poet to ‘Good-Bye to All That’, 1895–1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson Making a New World (across the Imperial War Museum, London, and the Imperial War Museum North) Plus reviews and original pieces published in the TLS, including “What did Tommy read: The complex mental worlds of soldiers on the Western Front” by Bil…
Oct 31, 2018
As Mike Leigh's film of the Peterloo massacre of 1819 is released, Clare Pettitt revisits the history; Marina Benjamin offers a personal and literary account of the threshold between sleep and wakefulness; following the publication of a second volume of Sylvia Plath's letters, Hannah Sullivan looks for fresh insights into the poet's work, life and death; finally, Sam Riviere reads his new poem, "Sushi Tuesday" Works discussed Peterloo, directed by Mike Leigh Insomnia by Marina Benjamin The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I (1940-1956) and Volume II (1956-1963), edited by Peter K. Steinberg and Karen V. Kukil See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 24, 2018
BONUS: Must read – must buy?
Are authors, reviewers and publicists wasting their time on book coverage? The contemporary conversation about books and ideas goes way beyond traditional features and interviews. Book groups, academic seminars, Amazon user reviews, Goodreads, the press, radio, podcasts, and sometimes even TV: the form, tone and quality of coverage has infinite variety. But how much does any of it help the books business – if it can be measured at all? Do authors, reviewers, and publicists feel their efforts are worthwhile? Michael Caines, an editor at the TLS, chairs an eclectic panel for a crucial conversation about the conversation around books. (This a live recording of an event, in collaboration with BookMachine, which took place on October 3, 2018, at the Driver, Kings Cross, London) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 24, 2018
1844, remember the date...
Elaine Showalter on a history of obscenity and censorship and the largely futile efforts of a US Postal Inspector; Ladee Hubbard on five years of Black Lives Matter and the myth of an egalitarian, post-racial America; Kassia St Clair on women, weaving and the rewriting of history Books Lust on Trial: Censorship and the rise of obscenity in the age of Anthony Comstock by Amy Werbel The Fire This Time: A new generation speaks about race, edited by Jesmyn Ward My Brother Moochie: Regaining dignity in the face of crime, poverty and racism in the American South by Isaac J. Bailey The Golden Thread: How fabric changed history by Kassia St Clair See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 17, 2018
Ever-enigmatic Leonardo da Vinci
Keith Miller joins us to discuss everybody's favourite Renaissance man; the TLS's Fiction editor Toby Lichtig meets Anna Burns, the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman; this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, meanwhile, remains suspended following charges of serious sexual misconduct and cronyism – Richard Orange reports on the mess that has engulfed the Swedish Academy Books Living with Leonardo: Fifty years of sanity and insanity in the art world and beyond by Martin Kemp See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 10, 2018
An Odyssey for everyone
Mary Beard reflects on the peculiarities of Homer's best-loved, many-sided epic; Neel Mukherjee on the scandalous survival of the Indian caste system; following the recent party conferences, James O'Brien offers a wry overview of Britain's political mess Books: The Measure of Homer: The ancient reception of the Iliad and the Odyssey by Richard Hunter Ants Among Elephants: An untouchable family and the making of modern India by Sujatha Gidla How To Be Right ... in a World Gone Wrong by James O'Brien See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 3, 2018
Radical Cheltenham and a poem from Paul Muldoon
Michael Caines joins us to discuss female liberation in genteel Cheltenham; we look ahead to an Odyssey extravaganza, with Ted Hodgkinson from the Southbank centre; Paul Muldoon brings a salutary note of optimism to US politics and history with his new poem "With Joseph Brant in Canajoharie" Books Votes for Women: Cheltenham and the Cotswolds by Sue Jones The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson Selected Poems 1968-2014 by Paul Muldoon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 26, 2018
Diarmaid MacCulloch on Thomas Cromwell
In this bonus episode, the TLS's History editor David Horspool discusses Thomas Cromwell with Diarmaid MacCulloch, the author of a new, definitive biography. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 26, 2018
Mexico's great disgrace
Lorna Scott Fox joins us to discuss the fiftieth anniversary of Mexico's Tlatelolco of 1968, a travesty still shrouded in obfuscation; the TLS's History editor David Horspool discusses Thomas Cromwell with Diarmaid MacCulloch, the author of a new, definitive biography; and finally, Rozalind Dineen offers a round-up of interesting new podcasts Books and podcasts discussed México 68: The students, the President and the CIA by Sergio Aguayo Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch The Teachers Pet (The Australian) West Cork (Audible) The Ratline (BBC) In Our Time (BBC Radio 4) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 19, 2018
Henry James in LA
Philip Horne and Frances Wilson join us to discuss Henry James, the not-always masterly Master who gave us novels as apparently divergent as Washington Square, with its clear, tight prose, The Ambassadors (prone to accidents of publication) and The Golden Bowl, which spills pleasures of an altogether more sinuous nature; plus, details of a little-known trip James took to California, which – unexpectedly, perhaps –“completely bowled” him over Books Generous Mistakes: Incidents of error in Henry James by Michael Anesko The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James: The Ambassadors; Edited by Nicola Bradbury. The Portrait of a Lady; Edited by Michael Anesko. The Jolly Corner and Other Tales, 1903–1910; Edited by N. H. Reeve (Michael Anesko, Tamara L. Follini, Philip Horne and Adrian Poole, general editors) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 12, 2018
On booze and art
Roz Dineen on the time-stained image of the artist-addict, The Recovering by Leslie Jamison, and whether “stories about getting better [can] ever be as compelling as stories about falling apart"; "David Foster Wallace would send me letters and I wouldn’t answer them. He would send works in progress with forlorn notes. 'You’re under no obligation to read or to pretend you’ve read the enclosed,' he wrote on one piece. I didn’t." – David Streitfeld recalls being David Foster Wallace's "worst friend" Books The Recovering by Leslie Jamison In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close encounters with addiction by Gabor Maté See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 5, 2018
Philip Larkin, beyond the grave
Andrew Motion discusses the life, work and curious afterlife of his friend and "subject" Philip Larkin; Imogen Russell Williams has written an essay on diversity (or the lack of it) in children's books and offers some recommendations; Zoe Williams gives her verdict on the very British political tradition that is Prime Minister’s Questions Books Philip Larkin: A writer's life by Andrew Motion (1993; reissued September 2018) The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar and Poonam Mistry (For all the books discussed by Imogen Russell Williams, go to the-tls.co.uk) Punch and Judy Politics: An insider’s guide to Prime Minister’s questions by Tom Hamilton and Ayesha Hazarika See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 22, 2018
Too smart for our own good
Carl Miller, the author of The Death of the Gods, which deals with how power works and who holds it in the digital age, sheds light on how algorithms, originally devised as simple problem-solving devices, have become so complicated that no one, not even their creators, can control them; Kristen Roupenian points out the problem with an “unfailingly enthusiastic” compendium of twentieth-century female intellectuals (including Dorothy Parker and Joan Didion): who is left out and why?; eighty-odd years ago, Zora Neale Hurston, now best known for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, interviewed Kossola O-Lo-Loo-Ay, the last known survivor of the Atlantic Slave Trade. As her book is finally published, Colin Grant joins us to tell us more Books The Death of the Gods: The new global power grab by Carl Miller Sharp: The women who made an art of having an opinion by Michelle Dean Barracoon: The story of the last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale See acast.com/privacy for pri…
Aug 15, 2018
Same old gags
In the course of his long literary career, Samuel Johnson reviewed only one novel. Who was it by? None other than the "preposterously confident” Charlotte Lennox, a force in eighteenth-century prose and a model for Jane Austen – Min Wild tells us more; What happens if you ask a literary critic to watch top-grossing (pun intended) Hollywood comedies from the past three decades? Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explains how comedy reflects broader culture and anxieties; How are women treated in film and television? Is there cause for celebration? Alice Wadsworth joins us in the studio to discuss. Books Charlotte Lennox: An independent mind by Susan Carlile Stealing the Show: How women are revolutionizing television by Joy Press Where No Black Woman Has Gone Before: Subversive portrayals in speculative film and TV by Diana Adesola Mafe See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 8, 2018
Turn on, tune in, drop out?
Are we entering a new age for LSD, full of medical potential? Can it shed its heavily tie-dyed cultural baggage? And who has written the finest prose about psychedelics? Toby Lichtig joins us to discuss; Eri Hotta (re)introduces us to Natsume Sōseki, "the greatest novelist of modern Japan"; Kate Chisholm considers the chequered history of Virago, founded in 1973 as a "feminist press", plus 40 years of Modern Classics, a series conceived to challenge the established male dominated literary canon and rescue and rehabilitate forgotten works by women See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 1, 2018
Mind and memory
With Stig Abell and Roz Dineen. Steven Nadler drops in to tell us all we need to know about the much-misunderstood Descartes; and En Liang Khong visits the Foundling museum to see an installation about how to commemorate loss. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 25, 2018
Emily Brontë's wuthering wilds
To mark 200 years since Emily Brontë’s birth, we are joined by Robert Potts and Jacqueline Banerjee to look back at Brontë’s life and most famous work Wuthering Heights – with a nod to Kate Bush’s memorable track, as well as to other, more recent tributes; Mika Ross-Southall shares the story of Tommy Nutter, the "rebel tailor of 1960s Savile Row", who, from humble origins, pulled himself up by the force of his wild imagination to dress anyone who was anyone Books, etc Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (new edition by HQ; with a foreword by Michael Stewart) Ill Will: The untold story of Heathcliff by Michael Stewart Emily Brontë: A life in twenty poems by Nick Holland Emily Brontë Reappraised: A view from the twenty-first century by Claire O’Callaghan Emily Jane Brontë and Her Music by John Hennessy The Brontë Stones project - https://bit.ly/2LOgEiQ House of Nutter: The rebel tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson See acast.com/privacy for privacy a…
Jul 18, 2018
Women, in and out of control
“How much do you make things happen or let them happen to you?” “Can women be happy alone?” – questions such as these form the basis of a series of interviews with women, from heiresses to factory workers, conducted in the 1960s by the British writer Nell Dunn; as a reissue of Talking To Women appears Kate Webb introduces us to this seminal feminist text. And Patricia J. Williams discusses the role and lingering influence of the Progressive Era's 'American Plan' to stamp out immorality through policies including compulsory STD tests and government-endorsed sterilization Books Talking To Women by Nell Dunn Fixing the Poor: Eugenic sterilization and child welfare in the twentieth century by Molly Ladd-Taylor The Trials of Nina McCall: Sex, surveillance, and the decades-long government plan to imprison 'promiscuous' women by Scott W. Stern See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 11, 2018
Ode to Lee Child – a bonus episode
Sam Leith, the books editor of the Spectator, and Stig Abell discuss their mutual appreciation of the crime novels of Lee Child. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 11, 2018
Summer Books 2018
We’re joined in the studio by TLS editors for arts, features and fiction, respectively, Lucy Dallas, Roz Dineen and Toby Lichtig, to pick through a selection of TLS writers’ summer reading choices – from reworked Classical myths to Deadpool comics – before offering a taste of our own, including books by Sally Rooney, Bruno Latour and an account of witchcraft and agrarian cults in early modern Italy. Go to the-TLS.co.uk to read our summer books feature in full. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 4, 2018
Notes on 50 years of the Man Booker Prize
This year marks half a century since the establishment of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The TLS’s Fiction editor Toby Lichtig joins us to debate the point of literary prizes and discuss the most under- (or over-) rated winners; Joan C. Williams, the author of last year’s White Working Class: Overcoming class cluelessness in America, considers the political consequences of class divides in the US and Britain Books The White Working Class: What everyone needs to know by Justin Gest Making Sense of the Alt-Right by George Hawley See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 27, 2018
An interview with Tim Winton – a bonus episode
Tim Winton discusses his new novel, The Shepherd's Hut, with the TLS's Fiction editor Toby Lichtig. Go to the-tls.co.uk to read an exclusive extract from the novel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 27, 2018
The wildness of Muriel Spark
Critic and novelist Margaret Drabble joins us to review the life and work of Muriel Spark, whose centenary we mark this year; Samuel Graydon discusses a new exhibition on J. R. R. Tolkien, including drawings and doodles, language trees and fan mail; the TLS's History editor David Horspool introduces a selection of new work on the medieval period Works discussed The Centenary Edition of the Novels of Muriel Spark, edited by Alan Taylor Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, an exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, with accompanying book by Catherine McIlwaine ‘Finding Henry – Why England’s most powerful medieval monarch should be better remembered’ by Claudia Gold, in this week’s TLS Medieval Bodies: Life, death and art in the Middle Ages by Jack Hartnell Sea of Caliphs: The Mediterranean in the medieval Islamic world by Christophe Picard, translated by Nicholas Elliott The Oxford English Literary History, Volume 1: 1000–1350: Conquest and Transformation by Laura As…
Jun 20, 2018
Russia's blood games
We're joined by Arkady Ostrovsky to discuss Russia’s long history of using sport as a proxy for war and invasion; E. J. Iannelli draws our attention to the rise and (perhaps...) fall of the automobile in the US, and the distinctly American phenomenon of the car as teenage male rite of passage Books Machines of Youth: America’s car obsession by Gary S. Cross See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 13, 2018
Changing your mind and opening the doors
We talk to Michael Pollan about his new book How To Change Your Mind: The new science of psychedelics, in which he explores the history and landscape of psychedelic drugs, for therapeutic and personal use. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 13, 2018
Rules of law
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. On the first anniversary of Grenfell Tower, Terri Apter tells us about how art can respond to tragedy; former New York prosecutor David Pitofsky assesses the judicial heft of James Comey; and hear a bit of our interview with Michael Pollan on the beneficial return of psychedelic drugs. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 7, 2018
Jesmyn Ward’s lyrical fiction - a bonus episode
Jesmyn Ward’s most recent novel Sing, Unburied Sing won the National Book Award in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. In this bonus episode, Jesmyn Ward talks to Roz Dineen about fiction, her characters, living through Hurricane Katrina, and the enormous burden of empathy. This continues a conversation started earlier in the year - and included in the podcast of April 26 - when Jesmyn discussed The Fire This Time, a collection of essays she had edited about racial politics and experience in America. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 6, 2018
Those are pearls . . . and Michael Jackson's performative drama
We explore the complex, brutal, swaggering history of pearls and those who found, traded and wore them, with Kathryn Hughes. Sam Byers talks about the self-authored creation that was Michael Jackson and the public's response to him. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 30, 2018
Philip Roth and the translatable
Philip Roth, who died last week aged eighty-five, has left behind a vast literary canon and a complicated legacy. But is there more to this great American novelist than just sordid sex? Ben Markovits shares his thoughts; TLS Features editor, Roz Dineen interviews Man Booker international prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, and her translator, Jennifer Croft; Eric Ormsby explores the significance of context when translating the seemingly immutable text of the Qur’an. Books Flights by Olga Tokarczuk The Koran in English - A biography by Bruce B. Lawrence The Qur'an - A historical-critical introduction by Nicolai Sinai The Sanaa Palimpsest - The transmission of the Qur'a n in the first centuries by Asma Hilali See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 25, 2018
The making of me
We’re joined by the novelist Margaret Drabble, whose books have for decades chronicled the difficult path to selfhood, particularly for women, and the actor and writer Robert Webb, whose recent memoir How Not To Be a Boy, focuses on how notions of masculinity shape identity. Recorded in front of a live audience at Bath Festival. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 16, 2018
Roman emperors and football managers
The world is being slowly poisoned, the environment destroyed. Why don’t we care about such an apocalypse more? Clare Saxby joins us to discuss; Mary Beard considers the cultural legacy of Caligula, that most reviled of all emperors, via a revisionist work of fiction told from the perspective of the emperor's exiled sister; as Arsène Wenger's twenty-two year tenure as Arsenal manager draws to a close, the TLS's History editor and Arsenal fan David Horspool shares his thoughts on football's modern myth-making Books Mourning Nature: Hope at the heart of ecological loss and grief, edited by Ashlee and Karen Landman Cunsolo Walking on Lava: Selected works for uncivilised times, edited by Charlotte Du Cann, Dougald Hine, Nick Hunt and Paul Kingsnorth Energy Humanities: An anthology, edited by Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer Caligula by Simon Turney See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 9, 2018
BONUS: Madeline Miller on Circe
Lucy Dallas is joined by Madeline Miller to discuss her new book, Circe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 9, 2018
Mothers and millennials
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas Real-life millennial Samuel Earle pops in to consider the status of young people in an unequal society, keeping avocado references to a minimum; Ruth Scurr analyses the role of mothers in life and literature; and Madeline Miller talks about inhabiting the role of Circe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 2, 2018
Carlo Rovelli's time – a special episode
In popular science books, including 'Seven Brief Lessons on Physics' and 'Reality Is Not What It Seems', the Italian theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli has studied the phenomena – namely time and space – that structure our very existence. In doing so, he has become something of a phenomenon himself, praised for his charm, clarity and humour – things we might not immediately associate with the field of quantum gravity. Here, the TLS's Samuel Graydon asks him about his new book The Order of Time See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 2, 2018
Why does everyone hate Nixon?
How do we account for Richard Nixon's stubborn unpopularity? Sure, he was a liar and a crook, but that has not stopped the rehabilitation of many a politician – as a new biography appears Barton Swaim joins us to discuss; why is it that certain ailments suffered by women are so scarcely discussed or resolved? Leonore Tiefer considers endometriosis and a "legacy of disinterest"; “The world is far more complicated than what we see”, says the theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, putting it mildly. Reality “is mind-blowing” – here, he discusses the structure of time with the TLS's Samuel Graydon Books Richard Nixon: The Life by John A. Farrell The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli Ask Me About My Uterus: A quest to make doctors believe in women's pain by Abby Norman See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 25, 2018
The risky art of cartooning
Martin Rowson, cartoonist for the Guardian and elsewhere, joins us to discuss caricature as political hit-job; the TLS's Arts editor Lucy Dallas considers the jolly japes and scrapes of the Beano, as that publication marks its eightieth year; and our Features editor Rozalind Dineen goes to meet Jesmyn Ward, a writer described in our pages as “an important new voice of the American South – one developing, perhaps, into the twenty-first-century’s answer to William Faulkner” Books The Communist Manifesto: A Graphic Novel, adapted by Martin Rowson The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 18, 2018
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. Lionel Shriver castigates the arrogant British for snootiness over American English; David Coward tells the story of Simon Leys, "the man who did for Mao" and who called Sartre a "windbag"; and Kate Bingham reads her poem "This hair". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 11, 2018
Empathy: for better, for worse
Are we hard-wired to feel other people’s pain? And if so, is it necessarily a good thing? Andrew Scull has reviewed three new books on empathy and joins us to tell us more; Charles Dickens's love of all things theatrical – in life as in art – is no secret. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst considers fifty years' worth of Dickens adaptations for the stage (and film) Books The Empathy Instinct by Peter Bazalgette Against Empathy: The case for rational compassion by Paul Bloom The Invention of Humanity: Equality and cultural difference in world history by Siep Stuurman Dickensian Dramas: Plays from Charles Dickens (Volume One, edited by Jacky Bratton; Volume Two, edited by Jim Davis See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 4, 2018
The New Elizabethans
Who are the most exciting novelists from the British Isles currently working? In a spirit of mischief, the TLS asked 200 notable names in the publishing industry (editors, agents, publishers and writers) to nominate those at the top of their literary game. The critic Alex Clark and TLS fiction editor Toby Lichtig join us in the studio to pick through the results See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 28, 2018
Hyper-liberalism and the 6,000th TLS
The political philosopher John Gray discusses the failures of liberalism; as the TLS publishes its 6,000th issue, Ruth Scurr delves into the back issues to explore how the paper has changed, and how it reflects literary culture more broadly; the TLS's poetry editor Alan Jenkins reads two of his favourite poems from the past century: D. J. Enright 's "The Laughing Hyena, by Hokusai" and "In Your Mind" by Carol Ann Duffy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 28, 2018
Everyone's a winner – a bonus episode
Literary prizes come in more shapes and sizes than ever before: we have prizes that echo the Man Booker, and prizes that set out not to be the Man Booker; we have prizes for first novels, second novels, crime novels that don’t feature violence against women, and, more satirically, a prize for “bad sex in fiction”. Why do we need so many? Do we need them at all? And how do prizes work not only for writers but for those people who do all the reading (and sometimes arguing): the judges? The TLS's Michael Caines chairs a lively discussion between Toby Lichtig, the fiction editor of the TLS, and Alex Clark, a critic and regular prize judge/chair. This live event was a collaboration with BookMachine. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 21, 2018
On the consciousness of cows
Science reporter Jennie Erin Smith joins us to discuss our desire, or evolutionary compulsion, to delve into the minds of other animals, from cows and penguins to the dismally misunderstood hyena; the TLS's George Berridge shares new insights into the work of Cormac McCarthy and the various (failed) attempts at adapting his novels; much has been said about how literary blogs killed off 'proper', print criticism. Jennifer Howard explains why the picture is far more complicated, and positive, than that See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 14, 2018
Ada Lovelace: tech prophet and trophy wife
Miranda Seymour reveals the peculiar circumstances surrounding the marriage of Lord Byron's daughter and his super-fan, William King; just how seriously should we be taking the Virtual Reality revolution? Tom Rachman cautiously probes the frontier of what is possible; Death Row attorney Clive Stafford Smith shares the story of Billy Neal Moore, a tale of murder, hope and Mother Theresa; and finally, before the winner of the Republic of Consciousness Prize for small presses is revealed, the TLS's Fiction editor Toby Lichtig meets Neil Griffiths, the prize's founder, to find out more See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 7, 2018
Writers and their mothers
Dale Salwak, the editor of a new collection of essays, tells us why he wanted to probe this most complicated of relationships, while Judy Carver, the daughter of William Golding – he of Lord of the Flies – sheds light on her father’s difficult relationship with his mother; Charlotte Shane introduces us to Marjorie Hillis, who, in the 1930s, taught American women how to "live alone and like it"; finally, TLS editor Catharine Morris considers the difficult genesis of Latvian literature See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 28, 2018
Jewishness: seriously funny
David Baddiel – comedian and, as per his Twitter profile, Jew – joins us to discuss whether Jewishness is inherently funny; as Italians prepare to elect their next prime minister (an unenviable choice between undesirables and impossibles), Tim Parks – author, translator, and resident of Italy – talks us through the excessively complicated mess that is Italy See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 21, 2018
Prickly, profound Isaac Newton
Just how odd was Isaac Newton? Quite, it turns out, because as well as being one of history’s greatest mathematicians, he was also an alchemist and a millenarian, happily wallowing in conspiracy theories – Oliver Moody joins us to tell us more; did the Cold War ever end? Not as straightforward a question as you might think – the historian David Motadel considers a controversial new book; and finally, Thea Lenarduzzi discusses Greta Gerwig and her Oscar-nominated film Lady Bird See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 21, 2018
Fiona Mozley and Lisa McInerney – at Hay Festival, Cartagena
This special episode – a live recording of an event at Hay Festival, in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this year – features a discussion with two novelists: Fiona Mozley, whose Booker-shortlisted novel Elmet caused a stir last year, and Lisa McInerney, an Irish writer described by the TLS as “busily combining the traditions of hardcore Irish crime writing with fast-talking foul-mouthed wit and gentle good humour”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Feb 14, 2018
Can things only get better?
The "ape bumfodder" of one man (Philip Larkin) is another man's treasure – Susan Irvine makes the case for the relevance of Old English literature in the modern world (and leaves us with a beautiful reading of "The Husband's Message", a poem told from the perspective of a wooden staff...); the Whiggish idea of constant societal improvement has, as its most high-profile advocate, Steven Pinker, whose 'The Better Angels of our Nature' caused a stir in 2011. Now he's back with 'Enlightenment Now', another data-heavy work of optimism – David Wootton weighs up the evidence See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 7, 2018
Mothers of #MeToo
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined in the studio by political commentator Zoe Williams to discuss the future of Corbynism, Brexit, Lexit, and British politics more broadly; and, to mark the 100th anniversary of British women’s suffrage, Emelyne Godfrey sheds light on the mosaic of approaches that led, eventually, to something worth celebrating in all its complexity See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 7, 2018
Gregory Norminton, an interview
TLS editor Michael Caines meets Gregory Norminton, the author of a collection of aphorisms, two translations of classic French books for children, two collections of short stories and four novels – including, most recently, The Devil’s Highway – that range across history, from the medieval period up to that far more horrific time known as the early 1990s See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 31, 2018
The 'real' Jane Eyre
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined by Kathryn Hughes, to discuss whether and where Charlotte Brontë meets Jane Eyre; Katharine Craik looks back on Shakespeare's mysterious, and 'weirdly memorable', sonnets; Kate Brown on the social-media-fuelled Ukrainian uprising of 2013, the David-and-Goliath battle that followed, and the view from 2018 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 24, 2018
Having a nice day
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. We are joined by Maren Meinhardt to discuss the unrequited love, and painful experiments on frogs, of Prussian polymath Alexander von Humboldt; Ruth Scurr assesses the literary legacy of Julian Barnes; and Joyce Chaplin reveals the seething malevolence beneath American "niceness". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 17, 2018
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined in the studio by Daisy Dunn to discuss the history of the written word (yes, all of it), from the Chinese invention of paper in 100 BC to the advent of a new BuzzFeed-y style guide; What was Stalin's real purpose? Lewis Siegelbaum considers Stalin's middle years in light of a new instalment of Stephen Kotkin’s epic biography. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 10, 2018
Was Jesus a Buddhist? Well, no...
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined in the studio by Marcel Theroux to discuss why a mysterious nineteenth-century Russian writer-explorer may have forged a tale about Jesus in India; the Palestinian writer Linah Alsaafin considers the (f)utility of writing about Israeli occupation, via recent efforts including Kingdom of Olives and Ash, edited by Michael Chabon and Avelet Waldman; Francesca Happé tells us what it means to be 'on the autism spectrum' and how gender affects diagnosis. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 3, 2018
The Problem We All Still Live With
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. We are joined by Patricia Williams, to discuss how black girls are silenced, marginalised and abused within American society, an ongoing tragedy with its origins in slavery. Katherine Lewis, the winner of the inaugural TLS/Mick Imlah Poetry Prize, then comes on to read her prize-winning poem, "Memory of An Ocean". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 26, 2017
Highlights from 2017
A special end-of-year edition of the podcast, with highlights, including: Sudhir Hazareesingh came on thew show back in March, ahead of the French election, to share his thoughts on Emmanuel Macron, the underdog philosopher-politician soon to become President; before Weinstein and #metoo, Charlotte Shane drew our attention to problems and divisions in feminism, and called for responsible, serious literature to take things forward; Clive Stafford-Smith, liberal lawyer and campaigner against the death penalty, on the rise of 'kill lists', an almost-blatant programme of state-sanctioned murder that goes on around the world; finally, in 2017 we marked the bicentennial of the death of Jane Austen by inviting Austen expert Claire Harman for a game of “rank your favourite Austen novels”. A refresher for regular listeners and a sampler for newcomers – with thanks to all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 21 min
Dec 20, 2017
Arts of the Year 2017
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined in the studio by TLS Arts editor Lucy Dallas and Fiction editor Toby Lichtig to discuss the best (and worst) arts events of 2017. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 13, 2017
Darwin: good, bad, ugly
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – The American author and cultural critic Naomi Wolf explores connections between Oscar Wilde and Edith Wharton, taking us from gay rights to "strong" women; Dinah Birch turns to John Ruskin, the great polymath of his age – and ours?; finally, continuing the theme of Victorian excellence, Charles Darwin is the subject of a number of recent books, including an excoriating criticism by A. N. Wilson – Clare Pettitt sets the record straight See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 6, 2017
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Elizabeth Hardwick, the critic, co-founder of the NYRB, and, yes, stoic wife of Robert Lowell, died ten years ago this month – a new Collected Essays is cause for celebration; Suzannah Lipscomb delves into early modern French court records to tell us about the lives of women at a time when moral crimes were punished by strange rituals of public shaming; Leaf Arbuthnot, one of this year's judges of the Michael Marks Poetry Pamphlet Awards, discusses the importance of this playful format, bringing us poems to be read, heard – and sniffed See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 29, 2017
Dancing with Anthony Powell
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Who reads Anthony Powell now? A. N. Wilson celebrates the muted comedy of a British novelist best-known (only known?) for his twelve-novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time; TLS Fiction editor Toby Lichtig talks to the novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer at the 2017 Hay Festival in Arequipa, Peru; Imogen Russell Williams rounds up the brightest and most inspiring new children's books See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 29, 2017
BONUS: Geoff Dyer on Geoff Dyer
TLS Fiction editor Toby Lichtig talks to the novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer at the 2017 Hay Festival in Arequipa, Peru. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
Nov 22, 2017
Can Utopia survive 2017?
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – 500-plus years since Thomas More coined the term “Utopia”, denoting a too-good-to-be-true land, Chloë Houston considers the relevance, and importance, of Utopian thinking, and asks if we feel more at home in dystopia; prompted by a magisterial new biography by Jonathan Eig, J. Michael Lennon describes the transformation of Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali (and tells us what it was like to meet Ali at Normal Mailer’s seventy-fifth birthday party); TLS editor Lucy Dallas speaks to the novelist Nick Harkaway, no stranger to grim (not necessarily) alternative realities, about his new novel Gnomon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 15, 2017
The best books of 2017
This week we're joined by TLS editors Lucy Dallas and Toby Lichtig to pick through the "books of the year", as nominated by a roster of TLS contributors, including Lydia Davis, Hilary Mantel, William Boyd and Tom Stoppard; plus, we bite the literary bullet and share our own nominations, from Reni Eddo-Lodge's account of entrenched racism to Laurent Binet's riotous fictional homage to Roland Barthes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 8, 2017
A woman's 'Odyssey'
We're joined this week by the TLS's Classics editor Mary Beard to discuss Emily Wilson's new translation of the Odyssey – the first ever by a woman – as well as other issues surrounding women in Classics and women in power more generally; Andrew Motion considers the life of the editor Edward Garnett, “one of the great taste-makers of the twentieth century”; and finally, could you name anything by Dorothy Dunnett? Rohan Maitzen fills us in on The Lymond Chronicles, the most rollicking historical novels you might never have heard of See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 1, 2017
A brand-new London theatre
With Toby Lichtig and Lucy Dallas – London has a brand-new theatre: the Bridge, the latest venture by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, based in Southwark and dedicated to original writing. And it starts its life with a new play by Richard Bean and Clive Young: Young Marx features Rory Kinnear as a delinquent Karl Marx, with a dash of Monty Python thrown in. The TLS’s Michael Caines joins us in the studio to discuss it; The “common view” of atheists is that religion is a combination of cosmology (a theory of the universe) and morality (or how best to behave) – but for the TLS’s Philosophy Editor Tim Crane this conception seems “deeply inadequate”. Crane identifies a third category, too often ignored: religious practice itself. He joins us on the line to discuss the religion of belonging, along with this week’s other philosophy pieces; The Austrian author Marianne Fritz was hailed in the late 1970s as a literary wunderkind, for a debut novel that described the desce…
Oct 25, 2017
Kathy Acker's guts
Georgina Colby joins us in the studio to discuss our growing recognition of the punk writer Kathy Acker, an experimental late-modernist; Alev Scott on 'Weinsteining' in publishing and what we should do about it; Tove Jansson is best known as the creator of the Moomins, but there is a great deal more to her oeuvre than those strange hippopotamus-like creatures – TLS Arts editor Lucy Dallas visits a new retrospective of Jansson's work See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 18, 2017
Matthew Arnold's good-bad poetry
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – The Mexican-born novelist Valeria Luiselli joins us to discuss her new book, Tell Me How It Ends: An essay in 40 questions, about America's role in an ongoing immigration crisis where tens of thousands of Mexican and Central American children arrive at the border, unaccompanied and undocumented; Is Matthew Arnold responsible for the worst opening line of a sonnet in English? Seamus Perry gives an impassioned defence of the poet's dissonant and awkward verse; "If you are transgender, and if you come out as an adult in a position of authority (a tenured professor, say), non-trans people may treat you as an expert." So argues Harvard Professor Stephanie Burt, who has reviewed two accounts of being a trans person, Trans Like Me, by C. N. Lester and The Gender Games by Juno Dawson. She joins us to discuss. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 18, 2017
Valeria Luiselli on the US immigration crisis
The Mexican-born novelist Valeria Luiselli joins us to discuss her new book, Tell Me How It Ends: An essay in 40 questions, about America's role - and her own - in an ongoing immigration crisis where tens of thousands of Mexican and Central American children arrive at the border, unaccompanied and undocumented. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 11, 2017
Heavy with odours
Joining Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas this week: Muriel Zagha, to discuss the redolent funk of French cinema; and James O'Brien, to summarise the rancid political mess of Great Britain. Meanwhile, Sam Graydon goes to see the National Poetry Library in London. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 4, 2017
Authors of injustice
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – As a new anthology of stories brings the thrills-and-chills of genre writing to bear on the experiences of the "wrongfully convicted", the author and essayist Leslie Jamison discusses competing impulses in the writer–convict–reader relationship, why we need to talk about guilt rather than innocence, and her own correspondence with three prisoners; Federico García Lorca is well-known as a modernist, avant-garde poet and playwright, but what of his proficiency in haiku? And how does this Japanese tradition relate to the Spanish art of flamenco? We're joined by Paul Chambers, himself a haiku poet who has translated a number of Lorca's poems for the first time See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 27, 2017
Good, bad and loud feminist writing
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – "For every competent feminist book”, Camille Paglia wrote in 1995, “there are twenty others shot through with inaccuracies, distortions, and propaganda.” Charlotte Shane runs us through a clutch of recent books by, among others, Laurie Penny, Rebecca Solnit and Paglia herself; How do we account for the extraordinary and enduring popularity of the French theorist Roland Barthes? Might it have something to do with his incurable boredom? Samuel Earle joins us in the studio to discuss the bundle of contradictions that was, and is, Barthes See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 27, 2017
Free Speech vs Safe Space: the Great Campus Divide
A bonus episode: Stig Abell hosts a debate at the Brooklyn Literary Festival in which the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb, the New York Times' Michelle Goldberg and Pen America's Suzanne Nossel consider what is going on in American universities and beyond when it comes to debates about race, gender and identity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 20, 2017
Samuel Beckett's turtle-neck, etc
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Would you take fashion advice from Beckett? Was John Updike an early advocate of "norm-core"? We're joined in the studio by Laura Freeman to discuss a new book, Legendary Authors and the Clothes they Wore; addiction represents the height of paradox: the quest for fulfilment of individual desire that embraces the destruction of the individual self. Eric Iannelli considers a clutch of studies and memoirs that seek to describe the causes and consequences of the addict's “self-perpetuating vortex”; Charlottesville, the college city in Virginia, has impinged on the global consciousness in recent weeks, since a rash of neo-Nazi-instigated violence spread from the University of Virginia's campus into the streets. Krishan Kumar, a sociology professor at UVA, reflects on the institution's legacy, and that of its founder Thomas Jefferson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 13, 2017
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas - we are in the studio with Ian Thomson discussing the unlikely collaboration between a Neo Dadaist and Dante; we talk to Mark Ford about Weldon Kees, the American poet you should have heard of; and Michael Caines delves into the theatrical mind of the great Peter Brook. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 13, 2017
Peter Brook at work
In this bonus episode, visionary director Peter Brook talks about his life in the theatre – and explains why Shakespeare is like a skyscraper See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 5, 2017
The world's most mysterious manuscript
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – The meaning of the 15th-century Voynich manuscript – a strange compendium of undecipherable signs, astrological symbols and pictures of nude bathing women – has long eluded scholars. We're joined by bibliographical sleuth Nicholas Gibbs, who appears to have discovered the manuscript's secret; to mark the double anniversary of one of America's greatest poets, Robert Lowell (1917-1977), Paul Muldoon – himself a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and Poetry editor at the New Yorker – reads his new poem 'Robert Lowell at Castletown House'; finally, TLS Fiction editor Toby Lichtig discusses the latest releases from established writers (including John le Carré and Salman Rushdie) and debut novelists (Gabriel Tallent and Fiona Mozley) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 30, 2017
Pop science and Punjabi epics
With Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas – Alexander van Tulleken on what makes popular science books – including Neil deGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry – so popular, and is there a hidden danger in making science the subject of water-cooler conversations?; Clair Wills joins us in the studio to discuss the forgotten stories of Punjabi migrants who came to England in the 1950s and early 60s, and introduces us to the fascinating, genre-blending works they composed and performed in pubs; and finally, the TLS's History editor David Horspool explains how Oliver Cromwell’s embarrassingly messy attempts to conquer the Caribbean in the mid-17th century nonetheless set the stage for modern overseas expansion – as well as giving us an early instance of fake news See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 16, 2017
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – We're joined in the studio by Sam Leith, Literary editor of the Spectator and self-professed rhetoric geek, discusses the problem of fake news in a post-truth world, with recourse to Aristotle and economic theory; we're running an extract, in this week's summer double issue, from My Absolute Darling, the new American novel everyone seems to be talking about – we'll discuss the dark material at its centre with the author himself, Gabriel Tallent; "Walid Jumblatt has the air of quiet dignity which befits a retired warlord with nearly half a million Twitter followers", so begins Alev Scott's essay on her experiences among the Druze of Lebanon, one of the country's eighteen recognised minorities. Alev joins us to describe an enlightening and troubling encounter. The podcast will take a break and return on August 31; keep up with the TLS at the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 9, 2017
India's broken legacy
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Novelist Neel Mukherjee discusses the vexed state of Modern India and the legacy of Partition 70 years on; Frances Wilson considers a problematic clutch of books that look to describe a "sisterhood" of female writers from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf and beyond See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 2, 2017
Ian Nairn, route master
With Lucy Dallas and Toby Lichtig. The TLS critic David Collard explores the idiosyncratic worlds of Ian Nairn – architectural critic, psychogeographer, “a cross between Anthony Burgess and Tony Hancock” – and describes Nairn’s influence on a generation of authors, including Simon Okotie, whose new novel he’s also reviewed in this week’s TLS. The paper's biography editor Catharine Morris tells the story of Tuco, the African grey parrot, and his influence on the life and work of the novelist Brian Brett. Lisa Hilton explains why the Marquis de Sade is a progressive moral satirist and a “rotten pornographer”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 26, 2017
Trump and the great car crisis
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Former US Government consultant Edward Luttwak explains how the rising cost of cars in the US lies behind Donald Trump's election, and why the Democrats' sustained failure to address the problem may lead to consecutive terms for The Donald and his progeny; Humans are, more or less, logical and rational beings, aren't they? Cecilia Heyes, Senior Research Fellow in Theoretical Life Sciences and Professor of Psychology, discusses the irrationality of human thought and why it's easier to reason together; Michael Hoffman, the German-born poet, translator and, most recently 2018 Man Booker International judge, reads his new translation of a poem by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, "Female, 33" See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 19, 2017
Jane Austen at 200
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – We're joined in the studio by Claire Harman, author of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen conquered the world, to discuss the life and legacy of this perhaps most-loved of all authors: what makes her so special, so alive in the modern world? And will there be no end to (stranger and stranger) adaptations of her work? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 12, 2017
'Let me be clear...'
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi: Politicians – Theresa May foremost among them – always begin their obfuscations and delusional self-justifications by pretending to offer clarity. Journalist James O'Brien joins us to discuss the past thirty-odd days in the world of Prime Minister May, from the flunked general election to the travesty of Grenfell Tower, in a quest for that most elusive of things – a clear and concrete plan; TLS Visual Arts editor Anna Vaux brings us a preview of Tate Modern's new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, an examination of the role of black artists in the Civil Rights movement; historian Roy Foster considers the fraught new relationship between the Conservative Party and the Irish Democratic Unionist Party, finding parallels, and missed warnings, dating back more than 100 years See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 5, 2017
Robert Frost's aggression
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi: David Bromwich dips into the newly published letters, spanning 1920–8, of Robert Frost, the farmer-cum-teacher-cum-giant of American poetry who believed that a master writer should 'invade' younger writers 'to show them how much more they contain than they can write down'; 'Conversations around race and racism tend not to happen as much in Britain as in America', says Bernardine Evaristo in a discussion of the state of race relations in Britain and the importance of a provocative new book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Book by Reni Eddo-Lodge See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 28, 2017
'Who shall we kill today?'
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – 'Few people are aware that every week the White House indulges in Terror Tuesday, where the US President personally approves people for death without any legal process at all' – so says Clive Stafford Smith, who joins us in the studio to chart the global proliferation of modern state-led assassination and the moral, legal and human 'collateral damage'; Lamorna Ash, fresh from a week's research aboard the Cornish deep-sea trawler Crystal Sea, offers insights into the distinct rhythms, language and politics of Britain's beleaguered fishing industry See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 21, 2017
What to read this summer: an almost-legendary TLS special edition
Every year we ask a selection of TLS contributors what they'll be reading with those extra hours of daylight. In this episode, we're joined by Fiction editor Toby Lichtig and Arts editor Lucy Dallas to pick through the results and discuss our own selections. Plus, an exclusive interview with 2017 Man Booker International-winner, the Israeli novelist David Grossman, and translator Jessica Cohen See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 14, 2017
The summer of shrug
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. We discuss the election that nobody won and (almost) nobody predicted; varnishing day at the Royal Academy's summer exhibition; and the dubious merits of 1967's Summer of Love. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 7, 2017
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Distinguished social psychologist Carol Tavris discusses whether we are seeing the end of definition by gender and whether there is any benefit in trying to track, physiologically and psychologically, the differences between men and women; Brian Dillon tackles the past, present and future of the essay form, via the indolent and melancholic work of Cyril Connolly, whose book The Unquiet Grave is "one of the strangest, funniest, most formally daring if badly flawed contributions to the literature of depression, disarray and the decay of ambition"; finally, the TLS's Religion Editor Rupert Shortt joins us to consider the true meaning of Islam, a religion so full of contradictions that – according to one critic – “very few Muslims consciously understand what being Islamic truly means”. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 31, 2017
Football and the modern Middle East
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – TLS Politics editor Toby Lichtig speaks to Assaf Gavron, author of a fascinating essay on the role of football in the politics of the Middle East, and runs us through a number of pieces from this week’s issue on the legacy of the Six-Day War, 60 years on; "No wild animal plays a more significant or ambivalent role in the imaginings of the British than the fox", so says Tom Holland, who joins us to consider this curiously divisive beast; fresh from a marathon production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, opera critic Guy Dammann explains the importance of this towering work of music and drama See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 24, 2017
Is consciousness a thing?
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – TLS Philosophy editor Tim Crane grapples with the mind-body problem and "what it means to be the kind of creatures we are", plus the year that brightened Nietzsche's outlook, and Biscuit the dog's self-consciousness; Korean American author Min Jin Lee on how Korean literature approaches the difficult dream of reunification and what a new collection of stories, The Accusation by the pseudonymous author "Bandi", "the first work of fiction written by a North Korean author presumed still to be alive and living in the country”, tells us about life in that deeply mysterious land; finally, the great Alasdair Gray, author of Lanark, reads "From Vers Doré by Gérard de Nerval", a new work first published in this week's TLS. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 17, 2017
How to get rid of your spouse
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Michel Foucault was so fascinated by lettres de cachet – pre-Revolutionary requests made by citizens to the lieutenant of police calling for the imprisonment without trial of a troublesome family member or neighbour – that he co-edited a little-known compendium of them: Biancamaria Fontana joins us to explain; Was the "plunder of black life" the driving force in making America great? Stephanie McCurry weighs in on a recent book, Slavery's Capitalism: A new history of American economic development; finally, in light of the Oxford Companion to Cheese, Paul Levy considers the politics of cheese and makes the case for a good strong Cheddar. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 10, 2017
States of the nations
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. Sudhir Hazareesingh gives his analysis of the French election and the rise of Macron; Toby Lichtig (sic) helps us tackle genre fiction, including our tips for the greatest ever historical novel; and Hal Jensen celebrates an 8-hour play about American identity. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 3, 2017
#1. If This Is A Man – a live reading of Primo Levi's memoir of Auschwitz
On April 30, at London's Southbank Centre, an extraordinary cast of readers – including Philippe Sands, Tom Stoppard, Niklas Frank, whose father was Adolf Hitler's lawyer, and Susan Pollack, who survived the camp – gathered to mark 70 years since the publication of this seminal account of humanity at its most brutal. Across five episodes, in collaboration with the Southbank Centre, we bring you the full, live recording of the event, part of the Belief and Beyond Belief festival, exploring what it means to be human. This performance was directed by Nina Brazier with music directed by Tomo Keller and performed by Raphael Wallfisch, Tomo Keller, Robert Smissen, Simon Wallfisch and Lada Valesova; the event was devised by A. L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands, in collaboration with Ted Hodgkinson, Senior Programmer for Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre. You'll find all episodes on the-tls.co.uk Chapters 1–3 read by: human-rights lawyer Philippe Sands QC; author A. L. Ken…
1 hr 25 min
May 3, 2017
Rousseau and the me me me memoir
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Frances Wilson on how Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions of 1789 laid the foundations for the messy modern memoir; TLS commissioning editor Mika Ross-Southall on a strange new exhibition of Picasso's work that examines his career-long engagement with minotaurs and matadors; Lorna Scott Fox rediscovers Leonora Carrington, an almost-forgotten radical artist-thinker for our fragile times. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 26, 2017
How comics got serious
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – The graphic artist Nicola Streeten discusses two new exhibitions, in Paris and London, linking comics to trauma theory, radical politics and feminism; Alexander van Tulleken on a new book by two "rock star professors" that purports to provide a bold new solution to the refugee crisis; a crackly clip just a few minutes long is all we have left of Virginia Woolf's voice – Emily Kopley fills us in on the fraught context behind "Craftsmanship", a talk broadcast by the BBC 80 years ago See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 19, 2017
Primo Levi speaks
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Philippe Sands discusses his forthcoming project which assembles an international cast of actors, writers, musicians and politicians to read Primo Levi's seminal account of survival in Auschwitz, seventy years after its publication; as part of our Shakespeare edition this week, TLS Commissioning Editor Michael "The Doctor" Caines considers how protective we should be of the man and the work; Rebecca Spang wades through the murky matter of money, the growth of "off shore" finance and the bewildering sexualization of monetary metaphors. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 12, 2017
Beers with James Baldwin
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – TLS editor James Campbell, Baldwin's biographer and friend, on the writer's complex presence and legacy on and off screen; Michael Rosen on the "disappearance" of Émile Zola and the long, dappled shadow of the Dreyfus Affair; Jane Yager on a sensational and problematic investigation into mass rapes committed by allied soldiers in Germany in the wake of the Second World War, and how attitudes have – and haven't – changed. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 5, 2017
Poets, cannibals and philosophers
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Rory Waterman on the "uses" of poetry and Stephen Burt's admirable, if rather vexing, new collection The Poem is You: 60 contemporary American poems and how to read them; Barbara J. King on the cannibals in our midst (note: fragile-stomached listeners and lovers of banana slugs be warned); When did modern philosophy begin? And who is its godfather? – TLS Philosophy Editor Tim Crane tackles a new book by A. C. Grayling which seeks answers to these thorny questions. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 29, 2017
Not so still lives
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Libby Purves on the stranger-than-fiction life of Aimée Crocker, a nineteenth-century heiress with proto-PC views and an affection for boa constrictors; Gabriel Josipovici on a magisterial but contentious study of two of the greatest figures in European art history, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder; and finally, the novelist and poet Colm Tóibín discusses his forthcoming novel, set in ancient Greece, and reads five new poems, published for the first time in this week's TLS Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 22, 2017
Isherwood, from Weimar Berlin to Hollywood
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Henry K. Miller on the cinematic progress of Christopher Isherwood, a novelist who wanted nothing more than to be a filmmaker; Lamorna Ash on All This Panic, a dreamy documentary about seven girls stumbling towards womanhood in Brooklyn; Richard Fortey tells the story of the British landscape, a sweeping tale spanning several millennia, from the retreat of the ice caps in 9700 BC to the crowded island of today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 16, 2017
A new French Revolution?
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Sudhir Hazareesingh on the seemingly unstoppable rise of Emmanuel Macron, the only politician now standing between the far-Right Marine Le Pen and the French presidency; Claude Rawson on the complex rage of Jonathan Swift, and why we should resist all attempts to sanitise Gulliver's Travels; Diane Purkiss delves into the murky history of alchemy, a slippery amalgam of science and the make-believe of great importance to our ancestors – and which we would do better than to scoff at. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 8, 2017
Fragments of the American Dream
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – In these science fictional times, Jonathan Barnes considers the importance of sci-fi, plus a new sequel to H. G. Wells's satirical masterpiece The War of the Worlds; Thea reports from a new exhibition of Pop Art and print work at the British Museum, which showcases six decade's worth of American dreaming; Fiction Editor Toby Lichtig discusses George Saunders's new novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, a humorous, moving and formally inventive account of President Lincoln's grief following the death of his son. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 8, 2017
George Saunders on 'Lincoln in the Bardo'
In this bonus programme, TLS fiction editor Toby Lichtig interviews George Saunders about his first novel, 'Lincoln in the Bardo'. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 2, 2017
The Jam's literary credentials
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – D. J. Taylor on the bookish sensibilities of Paul Weller's post-punk romanticism (including a bizarre medley of Orwell's 1984 and Wind in the Willows); Stephen Brown considers a clutch of books about practising, playing and listening to music, how to think about Mahler, and the perfect aphorisms of Michael Hampe (“Develop a feeling for greatness. It protects against stupidity”) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 22, 2017
Anthony Burgess at 100
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi Paul Howard brings us an unpublished Burgess essay on an untranslatable poet; J. Michael Lennon links the writing of Joan Didion with Trump's America; and Simon Armitage reads us a brand new poem. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 15, 2017
Writing The Russian Revolution
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Caryl Emerson on poetry and prose forged in the immediacy of the Russian Revolution of 1917; Phil Baker considers the strange split legacy of British writer Colin Wilson, a curious and often hateful figure with an extreme superiority complex; finally, Clive James reads his beautiful new poem "Anchorage International" See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 8, 2017
Cowgirls, Hockney, and how to write a bestseller
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Gerri Kimber on the role of women in the rise of the Western (plus the notorious case of Mrs Clem); as Tate Britain unveils the most extensive David Hockney retrospective yet, one of the show's curators talks us though some key moments, and themes, in a long and eclectic career; what makes a bestseller? Daisy Hildyard considers four new books that purport to tell us why some books succeed while others flop. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 1, 2017
The age of mass incarceration
Clive Stafford Smith, lawyer and campaigner against miscarriages of justice, joins us in the studio to discuss his time defending death-row prisoners in Guantánamo and elsewhere, the "integrity" of the system, why torture doesn't work, and whether the age of mass incarceration might finally be drawing to a close. We end with Helen Mort reading her new poem, "Glasgow". Presented by Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 25, 2017
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Paul Collier on the new "hard" pragmatism and the future of capitalism; Michael Chabon discusses his invigorating new novel, Moonglow; Mary Beard on women in academia (the troubles and the triumphs, past and present), and why the Trump inauguration protests were a step in the right direction. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 18, 2017
Reboots and reputations
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Devoney "Stone Cold Jane Austen" Looser on the slew of Jane Austen reincarnations (and why it's nothing to worry about); David Wheatley on the long-awaited final volume of Samuel Beckett's letters and its "black diamonds of pessimism"; and J. Michael Lennon on the titan of publishing Robert Gottlieb, and the writer-editor relationship. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 11, 2017
Bad sex, 'the Malala effect', layers of place
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Eimear McBride on the dark side of bad sex writing and why a new anthology is nothing to be snickered at; Diana Darke on the stories of two young women who have fled war in the Middle East and the new pressures they face; and Jenny Hendrix joins us from New York to discuss new works of imaginative cartography that portray that city – indeed any city – in full, kaleidoscopic complexity. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 4, 2017
Chilling, glitzy and dark
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Andrew Scull on the deeply unsettling – and surprisingly recent – history of lobotomy, and the sorry tale of Patient H. M.; Lisa Hilton on the sometimes mystifying appeal of the French Riviera and the vapid aristocrats who holidayed there; Kate Symondson on an all but forgotten novel by Joseph Conrad and a clutch of new books that scrutinize his philosophical and political scepticism – a man for our times? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 2, 2017
The many faces of King’s Cross
A recording from the TLS’s 2016 London Lit Weekend at King’s Place, London: Historians Simon Bradley and Rosemary Ashton and the architect Paul Williams (of Stanton Williams Architects) discuss the literary and architectural heritage of King’s Cross, London, an area which has seen tremendous upheaval in the past century. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 30, 2016
A monster success
A recording from the TLS’s 2016 London Lit Weekend at King’s Place, London: 2016 was the 200th anniversary of a dark and stormy night with an extraordinary literary legacy: Frankenstein. Frances Wilson and Benjamin Markovits recount the three days in June, 1816, at the Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva, when a group of young writers – among them Mary Godwin – sheltered from the gloom. Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 26, 2016
From book to box and beyond
A recording from the TLS’s 2016 London Lit Weekend at King’s Place, London: Cinema and television are brimming with literary adaptations. But how does the page translate to the screen? To discuss the ins and outs, successes and failures, we brought together Mary Beard, David Farr (whose screenwriting credits include The Night Manager), and the novelist and literary adaptee Alan Hollinghurst. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 23, 2016
A recording from the TLS’s 2016 London Lit Weekend at King’s Place, London: Overrated/Underrated, a favourite TLS game in which a panel of critics (David Collard, Alex Clark and Michael Caines) select the esteemed writers they would like to build up or knock down a peg or two. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 21, 2016
Brexit, bubbles, and the best arts of 2016
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – James O'Brien on Brexit and the battle for Britain's soul; a (rather idiosyncratic) round-up of the best arts of 2016 with Arts editor Lucy Dallas; finally, in honour of the season, Philosophy editor and oenophile Tim Crane on the "champagne phenomenon"; see you in 2017. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 14, 2016
God, sex and the arts / science divide
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Rupert Shortt on why Christianity has been more help than hindrance to social and intellectual progress; Fiction editor Toby Lichtig meets Emily Witt to discuss sex, drugs and a new novel by Dana Spiotta; Terri Apter on new essays by Siri Hustvedt, the (narrowing?) gap between art and science, and the persistent gender biases that underpin experience. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 7, 2016
Defiance, good death and Mexico
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Frances Wilson on the eccentric life of Lady Anne Barnard, loved by men and bad girls alike; Michael Caines on death and women, and indeed, dead women, on the Shakespearean stage; Scott Esposito on Mexico's violence transmogrified into art, including music made using human vertebrae; finally, seven new (and rare) poems from the critic Barbara Everett. Discover more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 30, 2016
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi: – Jennifer Howard on the threats and thrills of the internet: what price for online freedom?; Rebecca Lemov considers the neurological effects of torture, plus the chilling account of a man who survived Guantanamo; Tom Shippey on the liberated and oppressed societies of Scandinavia, where light meets dark. Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 23, 2016
Books of the Year
Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi are joined by Fiction editor Toby Lichtig and Arts editor Lucy Dallas to discuss their favourite books of 2016, plus the titles they guiltily haven't read (yet), old favourites, and a few disappointments; to end the show, Alan Jenkins, TLS Poetry editor, reads "The Song of the Swimmer" by J. A. Symonds, a feverish poem which could never have been shared in the writer's lifetime and which is published for the first time in this week's issue of the TLS. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 18, 2016
Lionel Shriver: "Terror as recreation"
Catharine Morris, at the 2016 Singapore Writers Festival, interviews the American novelist and journalist Lionel Shriver about Trump, Brexit and her unsettling new novel, The Mandibles. Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 16, 2016
The life in the work
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Seamus Perry on the difficult, "spiritually dyspeptic" life and work of D. H. Lawrence; Ruth Scurr on two new books by Elena Ferrante, and the struggle over her name; Kathryn Hughes on the knotty, globe-spanning cultural life of hair; and finally, a snippet from our recent interview with the American author Lionel Shriver: can fiction contain the real-life Trump? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 9, 2016
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas: Mary Beard shares her experience of election night in America; Mark Bostridge discusses Queen Victoria and the stinginess of the Royal Archive; and Nick Groom makes the case for wondrous nature writing. Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 2, 2016
Violence and poetry
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – our History editor David Horspool on the (uniquely?) violent English and seven centuries' worth of pacification; Mark Hutchinson on the lesser-known modernist poet Basil Bunting and his love-hate relationship with T. S. Eliot; Fiona Green on a bold new collection of Emily Dickinson poems – does it bring us closer to the reclusive poet herself?; and finally, we have a recording of the late Robert Conquest, a man best known for his groundbreaking work as a historian, reading his poem "The Rokeby Venus" in 1960. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 28, 2016
Halloween story special
With Stig Abell, Thea Lenarduzzi and Michael Caines. Three extracts of spooky stories for Halloween. Stig reads from Dracula by Bram Stoker; Thea from Mr Jones by Edith Wharton; and Michael from Two Doctors by MR James. Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 26, 2016
Shades of censorship
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Elaine Showalter on how extreme misogyny turned Clinton vs Trump into woman vs man; Jonathan Barnes on the long shadow of Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'; Houman Barekat on 250 years of 'Index on Censorship' and the mutable and myriad threats to free speech; Lara Feigel on two books, by the late Sue Lloyd-Roberts and Lara Pawson, about violence and the sufferings of women around the world – how much progress is there? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 21, 2016
Ali Smith on Autumn
Toby Lichtig talks to Ali Smith about her new novel, Autumn; plus, an exclusive extract read by the author. Find out more: the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 19, 2016
Life, writing and life-writing
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Ruth Scurr on Beryl Bainbridge's life, love and works; Jessica Loudis on two memoirs, of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel; ruthless and high-minded or likeable and good-natured? Dinah Birch on the ever-enigmatic J. M. W. Turner; and finally, we're joined by the TLS's resident Shakespearean Michael Caines to talk us through a new compendium of writing on the playwright. Just don't call him the Bard. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 12, 2016
The mythical Lévi-Strauss
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Adam Kuper on French structuralist and hoarder of myths Claude Lévi-Strauss; Joe Paul Kroll on what happened when a slightly belligerent group of eminent German writers visited America; Laura James on the intractable paradox of aid in Africa and different approaches to nation-building; finally, TLS Poetry Editor Alan Jenkins discusses the enigmatic poet Louis Aragon, and reads his new translation "Elsa at the Mirror". Find out more at www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 7, 2016
A lecture by Terry Eagleton
Terry Eagleton gives the Theos annual lecture, on the not un-problematic, not un-high-stakes, and not un-incendiary twin matters of The Death of God and the War on Terror. Find our more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 5, 2016
Duck or Rabbit?
With Stig Abel and Thea Lenarduzzi: Tim Crane guides us through our philosophy special edition (including on how the brain works); Lisa Hilton helps to recover the voices of Parisian wartime women; Anna Katharina Schaffner explains why the Nazis were all high. Plus Andrew Motion reflects on his freedom from the role of Poet Laureate, and reads his poem "Evening Traffic". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 3, 2016
Rose Tremain at the Wimbledon Bookfest
The novelist in conversation, with Michael Caines, about her latest novel, The Gustav Sonata, and forty years as a published author. www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 28, 2016
Beatrix Potter, marriage, and data
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Marcia Zug on marriage in America (plus the pros and cons of mail-order brides); Laura Freeman on Beatrix Potter's naughty charm; Paul Duguid considers the implications of unrestrained information for all – is more necessarily better?; and finally, Robert Potts reads "Gift", a poem by the concrete poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, first published in the TLS in 1960. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 21, 2016
Hardy's London & the modern Middle East
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Mark Ford on Thomas Hardy's unlikely London romance; Hirsh Sawhney on Aravind Adiga's captivating new novel and his messy portrait of India; to tie in with a special run of features on the Middle East, TLS editors Robert Irwin and Toby Lichtig discuss the challenges, historical and present, facing the region; and finally, Mark Ford reads Thomas Hardy's poem "Coming Up Oxford Street: Evening", from 1872. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 14, 2016
Ideas of Englishness
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. Including Ferdinand Mount on what defines England and its inhabitants; David Horspool on responses to Hitler and his ideas; and Mika Ross-Southall on Nick Cave's savagely sad album. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 7, 2016
Beginnings of life and the end of the NHS
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas. Raymond Tallis on the ongoing threat to the NHS; Bee Wilson on descriptions of pregnancy and childbirth; and Marjorie Perloff on seeing O.J. Simpson as Othello. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 31, 2016
Clare Lowdon on Safran Foer's great big dazzling novel
With Stig Abell and Lucy Dallas: Clare Lowdon on Safran Foer's great big dazzling novel; Mary Beard on what makes Classics relevant; and Can Dundar on being imprisoned by the Turkish state for telling the truth. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 23, 2016
Eimear McBride on The Lesser Bohemians
Toby Lichtig from The TLS chats to author Eimear McBride about her latest novel, The Lesser Bohemians. Find out more: the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 17, 2016
Panama Papers, the Nero enigma & women in Hollywood
With Thea Lenarduzzi and Toby Lichtig – Edward Luttwak on the global unravelling occasioned by the Panama Papers; Mary Beard on the enigmatic Emperor Nero, matricidal monster and lover of music; and Hermione Hoby on the difficult beauties of Hollywood, from Babra Streisand to Meryl Streep; plus, a look ahead to next week's special edition of the show. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 10, 2016
Brazil, Bloomsbury, and Geoff Dyer
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Patrick Wilcken brings us the real Brazil, a country at breaking point; Francesca Wade considers the radical interior designs, and desires, of the Bloomsbury Group; Toby Lichtig on the failures and successes of Geoff Dyer; and Rachel Hadas reads her poem, "Raw Jute". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 3, 2016
Edmund White on Nabokov
With Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – Thomas Meaney on death (and what to do with the remains) in the West; Professor Amy Knight on how Putin keeps getting away with murder; Edmund White reconsiders Pale Fire, Nabokov's "great gay comic novel", and reads from the novel's opening. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 27, 2016
Andrew Motion on Housman
This week: Andrew Motion on Housman's hidden corners; Trev Broughton on rediscovering Charlotte Bronte; and DJ Taylor on the myths of the Sixties. Plus Andrew Motion reads from Housman's A Shropshire Lad. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 20, 2016
The view from Istanbul
The TLS podcast, with Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – this week: why eat meat?; how political was Shakespeare, and does it matter?; the ethics of dust at the Houses of Parliament; a report from Taksim Square, as Turkey reels. Discover more: the-tis.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 13, 2016
Richard Ford on Donald Trump
The TLS podcast, with Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – this week: the complexities of modern Irish history; the ups and downs of historical fiction; Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Richard Ford gets to know Donald Trump; finally, Robert Potts reads a poem by Seamus Heaney. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 6, 2016
Tim Parks on translating Leopardi
The TLS podcast, with Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – this week featuring: Tim Parks on reviving and translating Giacomo Leopardi; Pamela Haag on America's surprisingly modern love affair with guns; Kate Webb on the category defying life and work of Angela Carter; finally, Alan Jenkins reads a poem by the late, great Geoffrey Hill, who died last week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 29, 2016
Mary Beard on referenda
Books, culture and more from the TLS podcast, with Stig Abell and Thea Lenarduzzi – this week featuring: Athelstan – Britain's forgotten king; Mary Beard on the ancient precedent of our very modern referendum; a philosophical look at the ugly; English Country Houses, real and literary; and a poem, "Visiting Europe", by Bill Manhire See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 22, 2016
Fiction and the refugee crisis
Books, culture and more from the TLS podcast – this week featuring: responses to the refugee crisis, political and literary; the new Tate in London; Turkey's secular spaces; and a poem by Stephen Knight. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 6, 2016
Svetlana Alexievich and the Russian-Soviet soul
Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, gives the Elliott Lecture at St Antony's College Oxford, taking as her subject "The history of the Russian-Soviet soul". See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jun 1, 2016
Tessa Hadley and Sarah Hall in conversation
Michael Caines talks to two authors who have been shortlisted for the 2016 South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 27, 2016
Utopia – Then and Now (live from Kings Place)
Matthew Beaumont, Michael Caines, Chloe Houston and Nicole Pohl discuss Thomas More's Utopia, first published 500 years ago in 1516, and utopianism in its many and varied forms. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
1 hr 3 min
May 17, 2016
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Alan Jenkins introduces and reads a selection of the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 16, 2016
Adrian Tahourdin and Mika Ross-Southall dip their toes in Casanova's celebrated memoirs. Find out more: www.the-tis.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 13, 2016
Thomas De Quincey
Catharine Morris and Michael Caines take a look at the English essayist, best known for his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater. Find out more at the-tis.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 28, 2016
Robert Browning's Poetic Characters
Sam Graydon looks at the poet Robert Browning, exploring the major role he played in the development of the dramatic monologue, with a selection of readings from his works. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22, 2016
Shakespeare and Cervantes, 400 years on
To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and Cervantes, Mika Ross-Southall introduces a talk on these two giants of world literature. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 20, 2016
Utopia at 500
Michael Caines and Lucy Dallas take a tour of Thomas More's imaginary commonwealth, where private property has been abolished and reason rules all. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 15, 2016
Being Jewish, being American
Toby Lichtig talks to Morris Dickstein about the ever-evolving relationship between Judaism and American literature. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 7, 2016
Oscar Wilde and the Chatterton myth
Mika Ross-Southall and Michael Caines look at the enduring appeal of Thomas Chatterton, an icon of thwarted Romantic genius, and how he became a figure of especial importance for Oscar Wilde. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 2, 2016
Henry James in the TLS
To mark the centenary of Henry James's death, Catharine Morris and Michael Caines trace the course of his work as it was discussed in his lifetime – and as some of it appeared in the TLS itself. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 2, 2016
On the 10th anniversary of her blog, A Don's Life, The TLS' Classics Editor Mary Beard joins Rozalind Dineen to discuss its success. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 21, 2016
Jane Austen's Emma
Michael Caines and Catharine Morris celebrate the bicentenary of Jane Austen's magnificent novel and its quixotic heroine. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 13, 2016
"Tea at the Midland" by David Constantine
Michael Caines reads a short story about a man and a woman taking tea, watching the surfers at Morecambe Bay – and falling out over art. For more information, head to www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 11, 2016
Jacob Tonson's poets
A selection of poems by Aphra Behn, John Milton, Alexander Pope and the Earl of Rochester. Read by Michael Caines, Mika Ross-Southall and Alan Jenkins. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 11, 2015
John Donne was the greatest English dramatic poet who never wrote a play. Here, Alan Jenkins reads a selection of his works. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 9, 2015
Vertigo special: Toby Lichtig of The TLS introduces David Collard who compares Alfred Hitchcock's film interpretation to the original novel. The film was recently voted 'the best of all time' by 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors. Find out more: www.the-tls.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 18, 2015
Douglas Oliver: a poetic vision of the body politic
Michael Caines looks back to Douglas Oliver's long poem The Infant and the Pearl, first published in 1985 – a poetic vision of the contemporary political scene, among other things, cast in the mould of a medieval dream poem. Find out more: www.the-tls.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 9, 2015
J.H. Prynne: an examination of imagery
We discuss a poem by J.H. Prynne called To Pollen, from 2006, which conducts its own examination of the uses and misuses of images and stories of suffering. Read by Robert Potts. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 12, 2015
“August for the people and their favourite islands”, said W.H. Auden in 1935, with the Isle of Wight in mind. Now people’s favourite islands are more likely to be Majorca or Mykonos, but the lure of the seaside remains. Alan Jenkins reads a selection of holiday poems from the past eighty years. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 23, 2015
Cycling: tour de force
David Horspool and Lucy Dallas take an in-depth look at the world of cycling literature. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 9, 2015
Tennis: Game, Sex and Match
In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Michael Caines and Mika Ross-Southall look at how tennis has inspired writers over the centuries. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 3, 2015
In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Mika Ross-Southall and Michael Caines consider Shakespeare's collaborator John Fletcher – a major English dramatist whose work, paradoxically, is largely neglected today. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 26, 2015
In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Michael Caines, Natalie Ferris and Mika Ross-Southall explore the experimental work of Christine Brooke-Rose. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 18, 2015
In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Adrian Tahourdin goes to Waterloo. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 29, 2015
In the latest episode of TLS Voices, Michael Caines and Roz Dineen celebrate a selection of Byron's Letters and Journals. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22, 2015
200 years since his birth, we discuss the life and work of Anthony Trollope. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Mar 13, 2015
Hermione Lee discusses Virginia Woolf
100 years since its publication, Hermione Lee discusses The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf. In discussion with Thea Lenarduzzi from the TLS. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Feb 25, 2015
Ruth Scurr discusses John Aubrey and the art of writing biography
Ruth Scurr talks about her unconventional approach to writing a biography of John Aubrey, the seventeenth-century biographer most famous for Brief Lives. In discussion with Mika Ross-Southall from the TLS. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jan 21, 2015
Robert Herrick and John Evelyn
Michael Caines reads a selection of verses by the seventeenth-century poet Robert Herrick, as well as a remarkable and little-known elegy by the diarist John Evelyn. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dec 16, 2014
Alan Jenkins reads a selection of Ariel poems by, among others, Thomas Hardy, Walter de la Mare and T. S. Eliot, from Faber's Christmas pamphlet series Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 19, 2014
T. E. Hulme
Welcome to TLS Voices Deputy Editor Alan Jenkins considers the work of T. E. Hulme. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nov 5, 2014
TLS Voices Michael Caines considers the work of the war poet Ivor Gurney, and reads a selection from his work, including the previously unpublished poems "The Women at Work" and "The Vow of Life". Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 30, 2014
Gabriel-Ernest by Saki
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. The TLS turns to the dark side, finding stories within stories, eyes in the dark, guilty consciences and beasts in the woods – tales from M. R. James, Edith Wharton and Saki, read and introduced by Michael Caines, Mika Ross-Southall and Lucy Dallas. 3 of 3 Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 27, 2014
The Eyes by Edith Wharton
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. The TLS turns to the dark side, finding stories within stories, eyes in the dark, guilty consciences and beasts in the woods – tales from M. R. James, Edith Wharton and Saki, read and introduced by Michael Caines, Mika Ross-Southall and Lucy Dallas. 2 of 3 Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 23, 2014
There was a Man Dwelt by a Churchyard by M.R. James
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. The TLS turns to the dark side, finding stories within stories, eyes in the dark, guilty consciences and beasts in the woods – tales from M. R. James, Edith Wharton and Saki, read and introduced by Michael Caines, Mika Ross-Southall and Lucy Dallas. 1 of 3 Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 18, 2014
Laurie Lee with Ronald Blythe
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Poet, novelist and screenwriter Laurie Lee is discussed with further contribution from fellow writer, Ronald Blythe. Introduced by Michael Caines and Rozalind Dineen from The TLS. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 13, 2014
David Collard discusses Flametti by Hugo Ball
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Regular TLS contributor David Collard discusses Hugo Ball's Dadaist novel Flametti. Introduced by Toby Lichtig Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 6, 2014
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Clive James reads a selection of poems first published in The TLS. Sentenced To Life Rounded With A Sleep Holding Court My Father Before Me Occupation Housewife Winter Plums Introduced by Alan Jenkins. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 30, 2014
Mary Beard talks Medea at The National Theatre
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Mary Beard discusses the recent production of Medea by Euripides, in a new version by Ben Power, at The National Theatre. Introduced by Rozalind Dineen. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 25, 2014
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Alan Jenkins reads a selection of poems from Edward Thomas. In addition, Rozalind Dineen reads a passage taken from Helen Thomas' memoirs, World Without End. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 17, 2014
Summer Books - Alex Clark on The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Alex Clark tells us why she's looking forward to The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector and reads an extract from the book. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 14, 2014
Summer Books - Frances Wilson on What You Want by Constantine Phipps
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Frances Wilson tells us why she's looking forward to What You Want by Constantine Phipps and reads an extract from the book. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 12, 2014
Summer Books - Lidija Haas on The Interior Circuit by Francisco Goldman
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Lidija Haas tells us why she's looking forward to The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle by Francisco Goldman and reads an extract from the book. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jun 10, 2014
Summer Books - Mary Beard on Augustus by John Williams
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Mary Beard tells us why she's looking forward to Augustus by John Williams and reads an extract from the book. Find out more: www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
May 28, 2014
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Alan Jenkins reads a selection of poems from Constantine P. Cavafy. Find out more: http://www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 22, 2014
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Alan Jenkins reads a selection of Shakespeare's Sonnets. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Apr 2, 2014
The Times Literary Supplement - an occasional series of readings. Alan Jenkins reads a collection of poems written by Ian Hamilton. The Storm Pretending Not to Sleep Mid-Winter Admission The Visit Now and Then Critique Rose Returning The Garden Again Website: http://www.the-tls.co.uk See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.