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Friday Book Design Blog: Leaving The Sea, by Ben Marcus, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Leaving The Sea, by Ben Marcus

There was no contest as to my favourite book cover of 2012 – Peter Mendelsund’s trompe l’oeil marvel for Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet. What better way to tempt people in to this strange, unclassifiable novel about a virus carried by the spoken language of children than these hyper-real paper cut flames, both carrying and [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 4 April 2014 at 2:09 pm

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle

At the start of each month, I pick out three of the best children’s book I’ve been reading recently, from picture books to Young Adult novels, old classics to new favourites. My recommendations for April are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

By | Arts, Notebook | Tuesday, 1 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Verso Radical Thinkers, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Verso Radical Thinkers

How to market ‘theory’ – that strange monstrous genre of quasi-philosophical, quasi-social-scientific, quasi-lit-critical writing that crawled from the continent in the second half of the last century? Verso know how to do it. Their list ‘Radical Thinkers’ is chock full of heavyweight names, from Adorno to Foucault to Žižek to… well, you’d have to say there [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 28 March 2014 at 1:01 pm

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts, Music

Interview with Justin Clarke: His evolution from Ghetto to Ghetts

There’s no introduction needed, Justin Clarke is one of grime’s most interesting characters. An East London MC with unparalleled natural talent and a Jekyll-and-Hyde-style split personality; he has been involved in some of the genre’s most defining moments.

By | Music | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:03 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock

Hailed by the publishing cognoscenti as ‘the French Harry Potter’, the six books in the Oksa Pollock series have gained millions of teenage fans worldwide. But the books would never have made it into print were it not for the determination of co-authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, who self-published the first Oksa installment in 2007.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 12:00 am

Hardwell: ‘My friends help keep me grounded’, Arts

Hardwell: ‘My friends help keep me grounded’

“Shall we start?” Robbert relaxes back in to his cream armchair, takes a drink and smiles. For an instant I forget that I’m sat opposite the man, voted for by DJ Mag readers, as the best DJ in the world right now.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:34 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: We Go To The Gallery, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: We Go To The Gallery

A brilliant parody of the much-loved Ladybird ‘Peter and Jane’ books has come under fire from copyright holders Penguin. Is it a reprehensible rip-off or a divine design homage?

By | Arts | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 2:14 pm

Children’s Book Blog: : A good book is a good book – whether you’re a girl or a boy, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: : A good book is a good book – whether you’re a girl or a boy

Given the energetic response to Katy Guest’s recent announcement that neither the Indy on Sunday nor this blog will be reviewing gender-specific children’s books in future, I thought it was high time I weighed in on the debate.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 5:54 pm

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people, Arts

‘Back to the Garden’: A compelling portrayal of ordinary people

I found myself caring deeply about these painfully ordinary people, and hoping they could find a way through their problems.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 17 March 2014 at 2:42 pm

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”, Arts

Interview with Paul Wolinski of 65daysofstatic: “We had very little idea what we were doing”

10 years ago 65daysofstatic released their debut album, The Fall of Math and fans of wildly skittering synth beats married to epic sweeping vistas of grandiose guitar noise rejoiced. Remfry Dedman asked founder member Paul Wolinski how the album has impacted on the bands career, then and now.

By | Arts, Music, Notebook | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 9:37 am

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