Archive for August, 2008

Top US universities

August 23, 2008

John Naughton (see blogroll or this link) posted this to his diary. I can’t think of a good reason for not passing it on.


So what’s new?

August 22nd, 2008 [link]

This is the time of year when US News & World Report publishes its list of the ‘top’ US universities. And guess what? Harvard comes out top, followed by Princeton, Yale and MIT & Stanford tying for fourth place. Average annual fees for the top five = $35,636.60. Just thought you’d like to know.


Clive James reviews Joseph Horowitz’s Artists in Exile 2

August 23, 2008

Clive James has always been a great book reviewer, and he is at his best when he is giving his readers good reasons for going out and getting hold of the book under review. Here he is writing in this week’s edition of the Times Literary Supplement. about Artists in Exile by Joseph Horowitz:

…. Artists in Exile, always interesting, starts looking essential when it lights up like that, evoking a specific subject of the author’s enthusiasm with sufficient vividness to make the reader want to get in for a share of the delight. I would still recommend the Los Angeles Museum of Arts 1997 catalogue album Exiles + Emigres (published in conjunction with Abrams and edited by Stephen Barron) as a indispensable first book on the on the subject, but it is narrated by many voices, and there is always room for a single voice that knows how to register informed excitement, After all any big picture we might have started among the small responses, none of which seemed small at the time – each of them, in fact, was so all-consuming  that it drove any question of a big picture clean out of our heads.



If the reader is sufficiently interested in the subject, (in this case what happend to the European peforming artists who, who because of war and revolution, fled to America)  then he probably won’t need to know much more than what Mr James has told hm in that partgraph him to  realise that Horowitz’s book is now essential reading.



Artists in Exile by Joseph Horowitz  



29.08.2008 11:30

Clive James’ TLS review of Artists in Exile by Joseph Horowitz  is now available from TimesOnline

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Clive James @ Edinburgh Festival 2008

August 23, 2008
The Guardian’s Bryan Logan is impressed by Clive James’s routine at this year’s Edinburgh festival, but not enough to consider it an unqualified success.


Clive James in the Evening

Assembly @ Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh



…..This is James at his most engaging, digging a little deeper into the culture, being unashamedly intellectual. (“Nietzsche rarely gets a mention in standup shows …”) But there’s not enough of it. Despite his early disclaimer, he is often just trying to be a comedian. There are jokes about George Bush and about James’s love of M&S clothes – which are fine, but which squander the qualities that distinguish him from standup comedians.

These routines also foreground James’s less lovable tendencies: his high self-regard and his lechery. I am no more interested in the “natural advantages” that he says wear out his Y-fronts than in his thoughts on women’s beach volleyball. Far more engaging to hear how great music induces in him feelings of inadequacy, which feels like honest self-revelation rather than macho raillery.

 Long time admirers of James, such as myself, have tended to play down the “less lovable” tendencies, but they are there and they can annoy.

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Mary Coughlan – you put a spell on me!!!

August 22, 2008

I’m taking this opportunity to remind myself why, some twenty or so years ago, I fell under the considerable spell of Mary. It was this wonderful version of the Gary Tigerman number, Seduced, that worked the trick.

Mary Coughlan
Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan websire

Clive James & Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award

August 22, 2008

I posted this announcement about Clive James’ book  Cultural Amnesia to The Pete Atkin Web Form (Midnight Voices) on the 6th  of this month.




Re: Clive’s Cultural Amnesia.
« Reply #179: 06.08.08 at 14:52 »


Cultural Amenesia is on the non-fiction short list for the 2008 (Australian) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.  
The winner in each category gets a generous tax free prize of $100, 000 (£46,658 approx). So there is a little more than just prestige at stake.  

Australian Government________________________________
Department of the Environment, Water. Heritage and the Arts.
Arts and culture
2008 short list _____________________________
2008 short list
The Arts Minister Peter Garrett* has announced the short list for the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.  
Short list: Fiction
The 91 entries in the fiction category of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards included a wide range of contemporary Australian fiction.  
The seven short-listed fiction books include works in prose, a compilation of short stories and one work in verse. Among the short list are writers whose distinguished careers have spanned decades as well as debut authors whose careers are just beginning.  

  • Burning In Mireille Juchau (Giramondo)
  • El Dorado Dorothy Porter (Picador)
  • Jamaica Malcolm Knox (Allen and Unwin)
  • Sorry Gail Jones (Vintage)
  • The Complete Stories David Malouf (Knopf)
  • The Widow and Her Hero Tom Keneally (Doubleday)
  • The Zookeeper’s War Steven Conte (Fourth Estate)

Short list: Non-fiction
A total of 103 books, traversing topics from politics, art, philosophy and architecture were entered in the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards non-fiction category.  
The judges selected the seven short-listed books because of their originality, rich detail and clarity of writing. Included in the short list are histories born from meticulous research, engaging accounts of survival and moving stories that resonate long after the book has been closed.  

  • A History of Queensland Raymond Evans (Cambridge University Press)
  • Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time Clive James (Picador)
  • My Life as a Traitor Zarah Ghahramani with Robert Hillman (Scribe)
  • Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769–1799 Philip Dwyer (Bloomsbury)
  • Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and Encounters on Australian Frontiers Philip Jones (Wakefield Press)
  • Shakespeare’s Wife Germaine Greer (Bloomsbury)
  • Vietnam: The Australian War Paul Ham (HarperCollins)

Kevin Cryan
Peter Garrett
The winner is to be announced next month.

« Last Edit: 06.08.08 at 15:01 by Kevin Cryan »





According to today’s edition of The Canberra Times, Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, will announce the winners of the Prime Ministers Literary Award on September the 12th.

Christine Tobin – Congratulations.

August 21, 2008

2008 winner of BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist

2008 winner of BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalist

A belated congratulations to Christine on her win at BBC Jazz Awards 2008.



Clive James @ Edinburgh Fringe 2008

August 21, 2008

Martin Miller of HAIRLINE: fringe has got some nice things to Clive James’s appearances at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Clive James In Conversation

Clive James is at the Edinburgh Fringe performing in the evenings where he discusses quite openly his fascinating life, but for one week only he has a second show, one involving an hour long chat with a major guest. Sadly the guest was not Margarita Pracatan, the utterly bonkers keyboard player that rose to fame through his television show, but renowned author Alan Sillitoe.
Clive James instantly has the audience in the palm of his hands. Despite his age he has lost none of the charm and warmth that makes him so appealing. He is that rare thing, a narrator who stamps his mark on an interview but never once dominates the conversation and never comes across anything but 100% genuine. When he discusses what a fan he is of the work of Sillitoe and what an honour it is to hear him do some reading of his poetry the audience can’t help but be swept along by his enthusiasm.
Sillitoe is a great guest, able to articulate beautifully his choices in life and discuss quite frankly his fascinating history of being a writer. He is witty, entertaining and thanks to this the hour breezes along effortlessly.
Clive James delivers an intelligent chat show that delves far deeper into his guests psyche than any other chat show on the Fringe, highly recommended.

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Clive James reviews Joseph Horowitz’s Artists in Exile

August 21, 2008

 Clive James has an essay in this weeks issue of the Times Literary Supplement


August 20, 2008

This week
A note from the Editor

Clive James reviews Artists in Exile, Joseph Horowitz’s account of how refugees from European wars found work in Hollywood and Broadway and transformed the stages and screens of America. Bartók wrote some of his best music in exile, was a huge artistic success, but died broke. Leopold Stokowski shook hands with Mickey Mouse.
Peter Stothard

Artists in Exile by Joseph Horowitz  


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