A peek at Pica

A gripping (and free) exhibition at MOA. She’s Sorry for the Metaphor. But you really had to be there. Indeed, the vibrant, eclectic and electric work of Amalia Pica is hard to describe without analogy. Even in person her playful objects keep the viewer, teasingly, at a distance. As you enter Modern Art Oxford a […]

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The Alleged Plot Thickens

The title of Jeffery Eugenides’s latest novel alludes to the tradition of ‘marriage plots’ featured prominently in 19th century fiction. The more restrictive nature of marriage during this period gave rise to complex questions about the compatibility of romantic love with marriage, and cast issues of gender, power, religion, and personal freedom into sharp relief. For […]

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Adapt, deal or die

Bethany White discusses the age-old argument of book-versus-movie. Currently, swathes of classic and contemporary literary works are finding themselves revamped on screen; Christmas alone has seen the release of Life of Pi, Great Expectations and The Hobbit. 2013 promises such literary delights as Les Misérables (which came out this past Friday – turn to our […]

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Easy a(rt) explored

Cara Battle attended a lecture at the Ashmolean on the origins of modern art (so that you won’t have to) Over the past few months the Ashmolean has been running a series of Director’s Lectures on various topics by speakers such as Dr Christopher Brown CBE and Richard Cork. The final lecture of 2012 was […]

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Collecting for Queen and Sundry

Some of London’s strangest and most evocative museums were created from the private collections of visionary hoarders. Those planning on embarking on a little spring-cleaning over the next few months might want to consider a period of reflection before they do so. Naturally, it may take some time before your clutter is considered to be […]

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Rookie: A MultiMediaMag

Lauren O’Neill review Tavi Gevinson’s internationally acclaimed teen-oriented webzine At eighteen, with my wonky, self-trimmed fringe, my penchant for David Lynch films and my feminist leanings, I belong to a spiritual (and international) sisterhood. We are the girls who sit at the front of lectures carrying boldly printed tote bags and brandishing Hello Kitty biros […]

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Contemporary Literature’s Nouvelle Vague: Interview with Frank Hinton

Metazen is a website dedicated to the publishing of alternative literature (‘alt lit’). This is a relatively new literary movement whose domain of choice is, largely, the internet; it’s countercultural and growing fast. Metazen‘s publications can take the form of short stories, poetry, literary cartoons, interviews or otherwise – all are new, most are unusual by […]

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Uncovering the Hidden Self: Daniel Kahneman’s ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’

With the highly anticipated release of Thinking, Fast and Slow, Nobel prize- winning professor of psychology Daniel Kahneman sets out to revolutionize the way we think about thinking. He reveals the powerful unconscious forces that influence our decisions, challenging our basic capacity for rationality and agency. He presents the process of decision-making as an interaction between […]

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