Book Review: Dorian

Dorian by Will Self I Liked this Better Than the Original A literary re-write is a difficult thing to do well, but Will Self does it. I think Self works better within the restraints of this form, (versus his bloated books The Butt or The Book of Dave) and the new twists Self adds to … Continue reading Book Review: Dorian

Book Review: Picture of Dorian Gray

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Luscious and Badly Paced Beautiful descriptions, beautiful quips, next to no editing going on here. Two whole pages dedicated to lists of the pretty things Dorian buys himself is definitely self-indulgent - but then what else could we expect of the great Oscar Wilde? I loved this novel … Continue reading Book Review: Picture of Dorian Gray

Book Review: An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein A Forgotten Classic I am forever grateful to my university's drama society for putting on An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, and opening my eyes to the wonder of Uncle Shelby's adult stuff. Quick word of warning: this is a lot closer to Freakin' at the … Continue reading Book Review: An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

Beginner’s Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation - a feminist pop-culture adventure on 07 August 2012. The Edinburgh Fringe has begun! I’m not there yet – I’ll get there next Saturday – but the Twitter updates from friends there are already making me jealous and nostalgic in almost equal measure. This year will be my … Continue reading Beginner’s Guide to the Edinburgh Fringe

Kickass Princesses, Part 2

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation – a feminist pop-culture adventure on 18 June 2012. When I think about everything about womanhood that hamstrung me with fear when I was thirteen it all came down, really, to princesses. I didn’t think I had to work hard to be a woman (which is scary but … Continue reading Kickass Princesses, Part 2

Kickass Princesses, Part 1

This article originally appeared in Bad Reputation – a feminist pop-culture adventure on 28 March 2012. Fairy tales! We all like fairy tales, right? They have both an air of comfort and adventure about them, and – as they’re something we first came into contact with as young children – there’s also an almost familial … Continue reading Kickass Princesses, Part 1

Book Review: The Satanic Witch

Tired Pervy Unenlightened 1960s Cliches The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey I read this shortly after finishing The Satanic Bible because I was a teenage prat and still wanted to shock the people sat opposite me on public transport. For these purposes this book doesn't work as well as The Satanic Bible. Though it still … Continue reading Book Review: The Satanic Witch