Whitstable times

Whitstable times

You will have noticed that I have not been blogging much over the past two months. I have been planning posts, writing parts of them in my head, even jotting down drafts. There is one that I want to offer (and may well still) about listening to the audiobook of Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth. I should also draw together my ideas about my visit to Les Rencontres d’Arles for photography exhibitions. Until an hour or so ago, however, I wasn’t going to mention the talk about filming Shakespeare that I contributed on Saturday to the Whitstable Biennale.  In large part, I thought that I had written here all that I spoke there. But then Alice Hattrick’s blog about the event appears and she says much of the presentation was ‘a bit boring’. Which brought me straight back here – not (I hope) prompted by defensiveness, but because she makes some interesting points that I want to work through.


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Sunday links

Sunday links

Perhaps you have all already seen Adam Curtis’ latest post, Dream on (it’s been up a week), but if not you have to take a look now. It tells what he describes as ‘an odd, romantic, but ultimately very sad story… [about] a pessimistic belief that all one’s dreams for a better future are just illusions – and [suggests] how that pessimism then came to paralyse the left in Britain throughout the eighties and nineties.’ The cast list for this saga of the sixties is extraordinary: activist and agent Clive Goodwin, painter (and Goodwin’s wife) Pauline Boty (above), filmmaker Ken Russell, philosopher Herbert Marcuse, writer Nigel Kneale, radical Michael X and the nineteenth century utopian writer Charles Fourier. Adam Curtis illustrates his story with some glorious archive extracts – and if you surrender youself to its twists and turns, his story should make you both sad and angry. Across the jump, more links to good stuff…
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Starting over

Starting over

So working with Codegent we’ve made our move across to WordPress – and so far it seems that the transition was largely without incident. It will most certainly take time for us all to get used to this, and there are still all sorts of things we have to work out, but we hope that the new structure for the site will give us much greater flexibility. One of the actions I can do much more easily now is to post several times a day – so look out for the regular Something for the weekend post later today, with Sunday links to follow tomorrow. In the meantime, please tell us what’s not working – and what you think of the new look and feel.