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Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 19 September 2014 at 11:47 am

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency, Music

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency

Pete Tong’s position within the electronic music industry is about as high as one could imagine. Together with his MBE, he hosts two huge radio shows (one in the US and the other here in the UK), is recognised as one of the industry’s key tastemakers and DJs all over the world on a regular [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 1:35 pm

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger, Music

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?

By | Music | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:30 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014

So we have the shortlist, which leads me naturally to rack up the six books in the running for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and judge them on the purely cosmetic basis of their good looks. In alphabetical order of the authors, then:

First up, Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (links to [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 11:00 am

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy, Arts

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy

It hasn’t taken much to lift the gloom of Delhi’s elite. Three good months of economic growth plus a booming stock market were capped last night when India’s modern art market came alive with sales totalling Rs38.27 crore ($6.38m – £3.8m) at an auction mounted by Saffronart of Mumbai.
Only four of ninety works on offer [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley

Here’s a book that earns its place in the Book Design Blog not so much for its own formal design (though that is clear and pleasing enough) but for its contents: it’s a book by Stuart Tolley celebrating the ‘innovative packing and graphics’ of the best of recent collector’s editions – not just of books, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 1:20 pm

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used too”, Arts

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used too”

Leicester based post rock five-piece Maybeshewill have been making glorious majestic cinematic music, whilst keeping their modus operandi as DIY as possible, since 2005. Now, with the release of their fourth album, Fair Youth, they’re taking their first tentative steps into the mainstream. Remfry Dedman sat down with guitarist John Helps and drummer James Collins [...]

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 10:41 am

Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event, Music

Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event

Dusan Kovacevic is the operational manager at Serbia’s one and only EXIT Festival. It is a music event that has its roots steeped in politics and was conceived as a student movement which fought for freedom in the Balkan region. It is now one of the biggest festivals in Europe and remains active in social causes, this year using its position to raise money for the victims of devastating floods in the Balkans.

By | Music | Thursday, 21 August 2014 at 8:18 pm

On Berlin’s beat: An interview with Berlin Atonal organiser Laurens Von Oswald, Arts

On Berlin’s beat: An interview with Berlin Atonal organiser Laurens Von Oswald

Berlin Atonal is a forward-thinking music event that takes place in the German capital this week. Ahead of the event Marcus Barnes speaks to one of the organisers, Laurens Von Oswald, who recently stepped in to revive the event after the previous owner Dimitri Hegemann called it a day…

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 18 August 2014 at 8:00 am

Maverick Sabre: Life, music and choosing the higher route, Arts

Maverick Sabre: Life, music and choosing the higher route

Maverick Sabre talks about finishing his latest album and the inspiration he drew for it

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 11 August 2014 at 9:00 am

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