Iris Murdoch's fiction has a way of exposing fears and insecurities; suspense and an impending sense of death drive the plots of many of her novels. Dark, uncontrollable forces are abroad in her world, and keep her readers shifting, looking over their shoulders, and counting the shadows on the wall.
"The one important thing I have learnt over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's life seriously. The first is imperative and the second, disastrous." So decreed the legendary ballerina who was born Margaret Hookham, nicknamed Peggy, and eventually became kn
"It is very undemocratic to be prescribed your areas of concern, the issues you want to deal with as an artist." The fact that Shobana Jeyasingh was born in India is a complex fact that audiences, funders, and critics might wish she'd address in simpler, more dogmatic terms. The English immigrant ref
Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings" is indubitably a masterpiece of the most sublime emotional order. The notion of reinventing this classical mainstay might seem impossible, defamatory, or even ridiculous. Apparently, William Orbit is willing to risk it: his "Pieces in a Modern Style" (2000) gives