Archive | December, 2009

Books of the Decade – Roger Luckhurst

Roger Luckhurst is professor of modern and contemporary literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. His many publications include a study of J.G. Ballard’s fiction, editions of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde for Oxford World’s Classics, and many works on Victorian […]

Continue Reading · 19 December 2009 · literature

Feeding the 5,000

On Wednesday 16th December 2009, Trafalgar Square will host a free feast of biblical proportions: a modern day Feeding the 5000. In this short film, Tristram Stuart, author of Waste, explains the problem – and outlines some solutions.

Continue Reading · 15 December 2009 · food and drink, history and politics, video

Books of the Decade – Peter Sillem

Peter Sillem is Editor-in-Chief Non-Fiction at S. Fischer Verlag, a German publishing house founded in 1886. He is the author of a book on melancholia in Early Modern Europe and lives in Frankfurt with his wife and two young children. To see which titles Peter has chosen as his Books of the Decade, click below. […]

Continue Reading · 15 December 2009 · history and politics, literature

Books of the Decade – Keith Kahn-Harris

Keith Kahn-Harris works as a sociologist, researcher, writer and music critic. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, an associate lecturer for the Open University and the convenor of New Jewish Thought. He has written on a variety of topics, including Judaism, music scenes, heavy […]

Continue Reading · 12 December 2009 · history and politics, literature

Books of the Decade – Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon is a writer, broadcaster and journalist.  His academic interests led him from physics to philosophy via theology (he began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England). He went freelance ten years ago and now writes regularly for the Guardian, The Philosophers’ Magazine, TLS, Financial Times and New Statesman, alongside […]

Continue Reading · 11 December 2009 · literature, podcasts, religion and belief, science and philosophy

Books of the Decade – Andy Beckett

Andy Beckett studied modern history at Oxford University and journalism at the University of California in Berkeley. For his first, widely praised book, Pinochet in Piccadilly: Britain and Chile’s Hidden History (2002), he was nominated as Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. In 2009 he published a major new history of the political landscape […]

Continue Reading · 9 December 2009 · history and politics, literature, podcasts

Books of the Decade – Tony Bruce

Tony Bruce has spent pretty much his entire working life in books. First at Stockbridge Bookshop in Edinburgh (still going strong), followed by a stint at the epicentre of bookselling at Waterstones, Charing Cross Road (sadly no longer) before becoming manager of Waterstones at Goldsmiths College. Having had enough of bookselling he moved to Routledge […]

Continue Reading · 4 December 2009 · literature, sport

Books of the Decade – Katy Derbyshire

Katy Derbyshire is a translator and co-editor of city-lit Berlin (with Heather Reyes, who recently featured in Podularity podcast 36). She writes biased and unprofessional reports on German books, translation issues and life in Berlin at her blog, love german books. Katy fell in love with German literature despite studying it at university, and was […]

Continue Reading · 3 December 2009 · literature

Books of the Decade – Steve Lake

Steve Lake is a producer for the Munich-based jazz and classical music record label, ECM, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, and co-author (with Paul Griffiths) of a book about the company, Horizons Touched (Granta, 2007). He has written about music for many international magazines and newspapers, and about literature for Germany’s Akzente. His […]

Continue Reading · 2 December 2009 · art and music

Three questions for… Robert Rowland Smith

This is the second in an occasional series in which I ask an interviewee three questions – no tricks or traps, but no forewarning either. This time my guest is writer, Robert Rowland Smith, who has just published a book entitled Breakfast with Socrates: The Philosophy of Everyday Life. I rather like the exclamation mark […]

Continue Reading · 1 December 2009 · science and philosophy, video