Edward Thicknesse

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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Nick cave at Alexandra Palace - rock and roll's wild man has become a shaman

A man sits at a piano and sings: “Once there was a song, the song yearned to be sung”. What …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 16 May 2020

Weekend Essay - walking in the time of coronavirus

Nobody walks in London or not really. Living in the 21st century city doesn’t really lend itself to it. People …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 2 May 2020

In the shadows of epic - The Trip to Greece

As we might expect, The Trip to Greece starts with a bad joke. Surveying the ruins of Troy, Steve Coogan reveals that …

By Edward Thicknesse

Friday, 10 April 2020

The Plague of Athens: How the original shining city on a hill turned to nativism

In the second year of the Peloponnesian War, the great tussle between Greece’s two pre-eminent city-states that led to the …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 4 April 2020

Between earth and sky - The Magic Mountain is essential isolation reading

In literature, there are two fundamental journeys: descent, katabasis, the progress into our basest element, and its reverse, ascent. At …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 25 January 2020

A Hidden Life review - what difference can one man make?

When we think of sacrifice, we tend to think in terms of the cosmic. Jesus on the cross, Iphigenia at …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Nick Cave lets love in at last

There’s a simple message at the heart of Ghosteen, the new album by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. We …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 14 September 2019

The Souvenir is a rare and distinctive piece of cinema

The Souvenir is not the film you think it is. Joanna Hogg’s semi-autobiographical tale of a young woman who falls …

By Edward Thicknesse

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Review: George Clooney’s Catch-22

It’s been nearly half a century since anyone tried to adapt Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 for the screen. The first (and …

By Edward Thicknesse