Francesca Peacock

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Saturday, 1 August 2020

Why Taylor Swift's Folklore is her best album yet

Folklore – Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album she released in a surprise move last Friday – is a triumph. Heart-breaking, story-telling, …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Mrs America and the Equal Rights Amendment

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Saturday, 11 July 2020

Shakespeare against cancel culture

Some two scenes after Brutus et al have stabbed Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s play of the same name, “Cinna the …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Shelley’s England in 1819 and the true meaning of liberty

An old, mad, blind, despised, and dying King; Princes, the dregs of their dull race, who flow Through public scorn,—mud …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Shakespeare's Measure for Measure shows why the state should get out of the bedroom

Last week, the Government banned sex. Legislation laid before Parliament on the 1 June prohibited any gathering that is “indoors” and …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 6 June 2020

On the Record: The 1975's Notes on a Conditional Form

I have a bit of a confession to make. I once was a quite (read: very) committed fan of The …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Coronavirus and the arts: The Royal Academy goes virtual

Something has happened at the Royal Academy: someone below the age of fifty, and very out-of-step with their normal non-pandemic …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Channel 4's Pure, a comedy about OCD, is pure dead brilliant

At the end of Pure, and indeed for much of the series, I was in floods of tears. This could be …

By Francesca Peacock

Saturday, 18 April 2020

A quarantined love-letter to Iris Murdoch

There’s a moment in The Bell (1973), where Dora – a young art-student turned wife married to her lecturer who has already left …

By Francesca Peacock