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Monthly Archives: February 2012

All New People

Review of Zach Braff’s debut stage-comedy, at the Duke of York’s Theatre. — For theartsdesk

theASHtray, vol.4

Carry on up the hillbillies, the questionable merits of Aïda, and why the CIA employs so many jazz nerds. — For theartsdesk

theASHtray, vol.3

In which Whitney Houston spoils my Valentine’s evening. — For theartsdesk

Zona (my other Valentine)

A Q&A about a book about a film about a journey… ft. Geoff Dyer. — For Guernica

On tennis, Twitter and telly

Out-takes plus trailer for my forthcoming Geoff Dyer Q&A. — For Guernica

theASHtray, vol.2

Featuring genre-smashing coverage of Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Roman Polanski, Yasmina Reza, Keira Knightley, David Cronenberg, Chris Addison, George Clooney, Seth MacFarlane, Alison Moyet, Queen, Latin America, Haruki Murakami, Leos Janacek, Saul David (again), and apple desserts. — For theartsdesk

Bullets, Boots & Bandages

Saul David’s surprisingly-watchable army logistics doco, BBC Four. — For theartsdesk


Review of Dennis Kelly’s made-for-GCSE theatre piece. — For theartsdesk

theASHtray, vol.1

In which James Bond, Beyoncé Knowles, WG Sebald, Daniel Craig, Grant Gee, Alain de Botton, Eddie Redmayne and that girl with the dragon tattoo are discussed. — For theartsdesk

Journalistic confession

There comes a moment, in the long night of every interview transcript, when you realise you’re actually quite irritated by the number of times you’ve cut the line ‘No, you’re absolutely right.’