When We Talk

Circles & Cubes

The Sessions of March

Photo credit: Kris Extance

Once in a blue moon, the right people find themselves in the right place at the right time.

Kurt’s Last Words

Beer and Romance

The Walk: A Journalistic Collage

The Howl

Can ‘Howl’ be derided for poor taste when its poet defies even the notion of taste? What was Allen Ginsberg howling for?

Eindhoven Psych Lab – Effenaar, Eindhoven, 05th – 06th June

Neuroscience claims that playing music is the one art form guaranteed to engage the entire brain. What better way than to flex your collective lobes, than to indulge them in the high art of the experimental psychedelic realm…

Born Dangerous

Old World Apprentice

Image credit: Alberto Calissi

“Just eat the damn thing”: Zimmer, Bach and the Shame of Philistinism

Image credit: Alberto Calissi

It starts off quiet. A contemplative series of drawn-out string notes. It feels like the calm before the storm. Then the percussion begins to build, and your heartbeat with it. Soon they are in tandem, while the continuing strings now match your deep breaths.

“Like Your Tits in that Top”: Political Correctness v. Freedom of Speech

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Bound up with these increasingly sensitive issues of free speech, political correctness, equality and tolerance is that elusive and abstract concept of “bad taste” – a term which seems to begin and end at completely different points depending on the individual’s own interpretation, life experience and, oddly enough, sense of humour.

Dragons, Ogres and Literary Taste: Kazuo Ishiguro and the Rebirth of Fantasy

Genre fiction, like fantasy, has often been seen as a lower form of literature, but does Ishiguro’s latest novel The Buried Giant signal a change in taste?

Revolution Starts in the Kitchen