Society & Culture > Media, arts & sport

Günter Grass and the German neurosis

A 'people's' tragedy

06 Dec 2007

Lawrence Parker reviews Ben Harker's Class act: the cultural and political life of Ewan MacColl Pluto Press, 2007, £15.99, pp360

A load of old Balzac

15 Nov 2007

Is there such a thing as a 'Marxist art'? James Turley takes issue with Hillel Ticktin

From must-see to snore-fest

18 Oct 2007

The 51st annual London Film Festival opens this week with a plethora of films from around the world. Jim Moody reviews a selection from the 270 feature films and shorts that will be screened up to the end of this month

Straw men and solitary revolution

04 Oct 2007

The 'high modernism v improvisation' debate represents a false dichotomy, writes Wieland Hoban

Challenging the commodity form

27 Sep 2007

The intermediary terrain that Wieland Hoban claims musicians should inhabit in order to "engage with the world" does not exist, argues Gordon Downie

Class cookery

20 Sep 2007

Lawrence Parker reviews Nigella Express (BBC2 Mondays, 8pm)

Inspired flashes, mainstream values

09 Aug 2007

Jeremy Butler reviews Harry Potter and the deathly hallows

Quixotic windmills

02 Aug 2007

Is the detailed notation of musical composition more democratic than free improvisation? Composer Wieland Hoban responds to Gordon Downie's article, 'Art and commodification'

Art and commodification

26 Jul 2007

The working class must have access to the most advanced and sophisticated means of cultural production, argues composer Gordon Downie

From mighty messiahs to mere mortals

21 Jun 2007

Superheroes like Batman and Spiderman mean lucrative movies and reviews in The Times and The Guardian. Yet the very first superhero, Superman, was invented by two working class teenagers during the depression. Mike Belbin looks at the development of the genre and what it may tell us about its makers and audiences

Politics and lure of fame

07 Jun 2007

George Binette finds Julian Temple's film about The Clash frontman Joe Strummer engrossing, but occasionally cringe-inducing

Less than charitable

17 May 2007

The Independent ran an intriguing story on May 12 centred on the expulsion of Mike Squires from membership of the Marx Memorial Library. Unfortunately, the paper dropped a clanger by stating that the Communist Party of Great Britain was at the centre of an attempted 'takeover' of the library. Lawrence Parker reports

Out of the closet?

03 May 2007

Lawrence Parker reviews Florian Henckel's The lives of others (Das Leben der Anderen)

Propaganda and ideology

26 Apr 2007

The most remarkable thing about the sword and sandals epic 300 is that there have been no pickets organised outside the local Odeon and no fatwahs issued against director Zack Snyder and executive producer Frank Miller, says Jeremy Butler

Ken Loach's use of Irish history

19 Apr 2007

US communist Jim Creegan revisits the controversy over a film that has at last reached New York

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