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Stranger than fiction: Donald Trump and The Plot Against America

No author of speculative fiction wants to be proven right. To be proven right in the spec-fic game is to see the worst come to pass. No, speculative fiction is written as a warning, and […]

Jan, 19

Hakawati

Some of my most memorable meals have been enjoyed in the Middle East. I shared iftar with a Palestinian family in Ramallah on the West Bank, and was an unlikely guest at a Kurdish wedding […]

Jan, 16

Home Country

Consisting of three short plays (each staged in parts), with a couple of musical interludes and a meal thrown in for good measure, Urban Theatre Projects’ Home Country is at once place- and site-specific. The […]

Jan, 15

In praise of ‘Deep Water’ and Yael Stone

The new Australian crime series Deep Water premiered on SBS last night and showed a lot of promise. The first half hour was a little rote—procedural to a fault, it seemed to me, a sensation […]

Oct, 06

The online game that encapsulates how vacuous entertainment has become

On New Year’s Day, not hung-over but not particularly in the mood to do anything productive, I looked up a list of the one hundred best free online games and settled down for a session […]

May, 09

Meta TV: Fox’s ‘Grandfathered’ and ‘The Grinder’

Two freshmen series will wrap up their US runs this week, both with question marks lingering over their futures. This is a shame: Grandfathered and The Grinder, both on Fox, have proven to be surprisingly […]

May, 06

‘House of Cards’ is dark and brutal but no match for Washington now

Beloved of idealistic young things everywhere, The West Wing was always famous for the way in which it sought to imagine an alternative or counter presidency to that of George W. Bush, who came to […]

Mar, 09

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