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One-Minute Word Histories: No.1 – Avatar

In the first of this short series of one-minute word histories, historical lexicographer Elizabeth Knowles explores the origins of the word “avatar”. If this inspires you, Elizabeth’s new book, How to Read a Word (2010), contains lots of tips on how to pursue word histories for yourself.

Continue Reading · 4 January 2011 · film, language, video

41. It’s only a movie (and a book)

Last Monday I met film critic Mark Kermode at the Watershed in Bristol before his event there which formed part of his countrywide tour to present his new book, It’s Only a Movie. He was remarkably bright and engaged, considering he had been at the BAFTAs the night before and had already done 37 interviews […]

Continue Reading · 1 March 2010 · biography and memoir, film, podcasts