Benvenuti Al Sud
A review of the mega-selling Italian comedy film about regional prejudice in Italy in year before the 150th anniversary of Unification.
The Human Scale
A lecture about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is probably not most people's idea of a relaxing night out, but that's what's been packing in audiences in at the Public Theatre in downtown Manhattan recently. The New Yorker correspondent Lawrence Wright has adapted an article that he wrote about Gaza for the stage, complete with a multimedia presentation. For The Strand, Andrew Purcell meets Lawrence and discusses the process of creating a performance from such emotionally and politically sensitive material.
Miles Davis; Bitches Brew
40 years ago, trumpeter and sonic experimenter Miles Davis recorded the album that brought to public attention a new genre of jazz: jazz rock. It was heavy and noisy and created using the capabilities of the recording studio as a fundamnetal addition to the creative process. In 1970 it was 'greeted' with incredulity but now it's acknowledged as a landmark LP. We try to assess how and why it changed music
Hector Abad - "Oblivion"
One of Latin America's most respected novelists, Hector Abad tells Mark Coles about the writing of "Oblivion", a moving and witty tribute to his father, 'the communist doctor' murdered by Colombian paramilitaries in 1987.
The translators were Annie Maclean and Rosalind Harvey.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…