Molly Horner
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Review’s Quarantine Picks: Live Music (Online)

Since the beginning of the UK’s lockdown on March 23rd, we’ve been forced to grapple with the concept of the ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’. Unfortunately, live music falls into the latter category and it’s going to be a while before anyone…

Private Lives: An iced cocktail of a play that goes down a treat

Private Lives, Noël Coward’s delightfully outrageous comedy, was first performed in the year succeeding the Wall Street Crash when the majority of the Western world was plunged into economic depression. The play has been charming audiences since, with Coward’s trademark…

Sex does not thrive on monotony: re-visiting Anais Nin on her 117th birthday

Dear Collector:  We hate you.  Sex loses all its power and magic when it becomes explicit, mechanical, overdone, when it becomes a mechanistic obsession. It becomes a bore. You have taught us more than anyone I know how wrong it…

Steve McQueen: Year Three – mighty and tender ★★★★★

Steve McQueen’s staggering career has led him to win both an Academy Award and the Turner Prize before the age of forty-five. Returning to primary school may not seem to be a natural next step, but this is exactly what…

Jojo Rabbit – Offensive, bland, rubbish ★

New Zealand actor and director Taika Waititi made headlines in early 2019 when he announced his sixth feature film. Jojo Rabbit is based on a ten-year-old Nazi fanatic’s relationship with both his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Waititi) and the Jewish…

Worst book of the decade: List of the Lost by Morrissey, 2015

It’s not as if Morrissey needed additional opportunities to provoke unanimous public disgust in the 2010s. His outspoken support for the far-right Islamophobic political party For Britain, his concert performance with a “Fuck the Guardian” t- shirt, and his assertion…

Best Book of the Decade: Autumn by Ali Smith, 2016

Less than four months after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in 2016, Autumn, by Ali Smith, was published. Unlike most of the previous work of the Man Booker-nominated Scottish author, it had a deliberately fast turnaround…

Emilia Review: ‘Clever Women’ Shine

Near the opening of the LSESU Drama Society’s production of Emilia, the oldest version of the title character proclaims: “we are only as powerful as the stories we tell.”  The telling of Emilia Bassano’s incredible life story features an all-female…

Into the Night: cabarets and clubs in modern art at the Barbican Centre

“One day we will carpet life with the scattered petals of new songs” proclaims an inscription over a painting by Alva de la Canal of El Café de Nadie, a club in 1920s Mexico City. In many ways, the new…

Modern Love – touching love stories that lack a realist bite ★★★★

Modern Love, the popular New York Times column has been making readers laugh, cry, and cringe for fifteen years as writers dissect relationships from past lives. It’s fairly surprising that there’s never been a screen adaptation of Modern Love. Until…