Interview: Nigel Warburton

For a number of years now, philosophers and defenders of spoken-word philosophy David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton have been creating a warm cocoon of soft-spoken intelligence, available to download for those who otherwise, like me, would not have been able to dabble in the world of philosophy. Edmonds and Warburton’s original vision was simple: “to […]

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Ruskin Profile: Angus Steele

My name is Angus Steele i’m a second year at the Ruskin. Here I am making a video. It is captured using a camera and sound recorder, compiled and edited on a laptop and viewed via a projector. I stop, and I realise that none of this technology would exist without almost everything except Art, […]

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Review: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

‘Who is the architect, the miniaturist or me?’ This question, which is asked midway through the novel by its main character, eighteen-year-old Petronella Brandt, reverberates throughout the strange and immersive world of Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist. The setting is late seventeenth-century Amsterdam, during the booming years of the Dutch sugar-trade industry. ‘Nella’ has entered into […]

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Review: Objects Belonging to a Young Man in Oxford

In 1973, Christian Boltanski proposed the idea of an inventory of objects as an exhibition. Fortunately his project was assumed by the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford at the time, Peter Ibsen (one of few who agreed to do so.) Hearing about this exhibition, one initially imagines to be faced with […]

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From the Horse’s Mouth

So- what is spoken word, and how do we get some? Spoken word is essentially performance poetry- it’s all a bit blurry round the edges, and kind of a mishmash of rap, monologues and poetry, but it’s usually one person on a stage waxing lyrical about something or other. Am I selling it well enough? It’s […]

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Review: Samantha Shannon

Last Thursday, Oxford welcomed back one of its own. In the sunlit Sheldonian, publishing wunderkind Samantha Shannon took the stage in conversation with Andy Serkis and his Imaginarium Studios co-founder Jonathan Cavendish to discuss her highly anticipated second novel, The Mime Order, and what lies ahead for the recently-optioned Bone Season film.

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Independent Bookstores

In the current publishing climate, with anxiety over the role of the physical book and the physical bookstore, the literary community is constantly vigilant. Every week, it seems, brings a new voice to the debate waged in blogs, newspapers, and magazines alike: what is the future of the bookstore? How can the public support them? […]

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Review: Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande

A medic’s moving treatment of mortality offers us ways to improve the bedside manner. This is a thoughtful, and thoughtfully written, book: the prose is crisp and easily digestible, and Harvard Professor of Public Health (and giver of last year’s BBC Reith lectures) Atul Gawande is an absorbing story-teller, never making his personal anecdotes (his […]

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