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  • Rebecca Latham, Author at Litro Magazine
    that has not prevented Brooklyn s The TEAM from binding them together in a heartfelt psychedelic drama Read more Rebecca Latham The author has 3 posts published in Litro Magazine Graduating from Sydney University in 2012 Rebecca moved back to England to pursue a career in Theatre She has most recently been Project Administrator on The Old Vic 12 and in the past has worked with Raindance Film Festival and Arcola Theatre She has been writing reviews for A Younger Theatre since 2013 and is interested in Theatre Film and Literature Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when

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  • How Room and Florian Zeller's The Mother Dissect Motherhood
    her role as mother is echoed in her physical entrapment Zeller s play is particularly good not only on the claustrophobia of child rearing but the claustrophobia for the child of being parented The Son in his many incarnations is impatient emotionally unresponsive and even murderous Sylvia Plath s ugly imperative in her poem about her mother Medusa Off off eely tentacle There is nothing between us is not far from our minds as we watch The Son s interactions with his mother The evil mother is a recurring figure in theatre we need look no further than Medea or Lady Macbeth for clear examples of this cold blooded breed What feels more interesting is the loving mother who struggles with the intensity of this love Here Zeller and Donoghue excel And with their example in mind we can revisit other mothers mothers who have long been consigned to a state of two dimensionality Take for instance Austen s Mrs Bennet She is overbearing manipulative invariably silly Elizabeth suffers on account of her behaviour But were we to employ the cubism Zeller demonstrates and reconsider the events from an alternative perspective we might think differently How dreadful from this new perspective must life with Lizzy Bennet be To be constantly quashed and silenced your identity reduced to nothing but schemes invention or mean understanding to list just a few of the words ascribed to Mrs Bennet Of all her daughters Lizzy is the most challenging to her mother One sentence gives us the measure of their relationship In vain did Elizabeth endeavour to check the rapidity of her mother s words or persuade her to describe her felicity in a less audible whisper To have your words checked your felicity subdued no wonder the business of Mrs Bennet s life was to get her daughters married I m being facetious of course but I think there s something worth examining here The subjectivity of the story telling in both The Mother and Room is interesting especially when applied to the difficulties which parenting brings Helen Simpson s short story Heavy Weather interrogates this darker side to motherhood She had taken to muttering I can t bear it I can t bear it without realizing she was doing so until she heard Lorna chanting I can t bear it I can t bear it as she skipped along beside the pram and this made her blush with shame at her own weediness Echoing this Eva Wiseman wrote touchingly on the challenge of this new emotion in The Guardian last year describing it as an awful love A terrible love It s not the comforting bath of love I m used to It s a bruise being pressed continually by a strong thumb There is a complexity in this feeling which a splintered narrative such as Zeller s conveys well It is an original way of grasping the many sidedness of family relationships with Zeller as our guide we are no longer

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  • On Culture: Your Disclaimer Is Bullshit (And Other Irritating Book Review Habits)
    you actually physically go find a book I can think of a few circumstances under which a bare plot summary might do that for me A S Byatt s Possession for instance but not many Books are more than the sums of their parts a review should acknowledge that All of this pales however in comparison to the worst tactic of all which is when anyone states that they received a proof copy of this book from insert publisher here in exchange for an honest review First of all that s not how that exchange worked The publicists gave you a copy of the book because they re publicists and their actual job is to get the book as much press as possible Although most publicists are in my experience sincerely into the books that they re marketing let us not pretend that you had to go up in front of an ethics committee to get a proof copy Secondly I kind of assume that you re going to write an honest review Reviewers love books that s why we write about them There s no joy in puffing a book you hated or even worse smearing a book you adored And before anyone suggests that maybe these disclaimers are ways of asserting that you haven t been paid for your opinion unlike say Essena O Neill on Instagram think again these are books we re talking about not designer swimsuits Regardless of what you hear about 6 million bidding wars most books don t have that kind of money behind them and those that do are certainly not spending that money on bribing Internet reviewers What books have behind them is the passionate conviction of their readers Telling me that you ve written an honest review is sort of like Marco Pierre White telling me that he s made me an edible meal the correct response to both is I should fucking well hope so It should perhaps be noted here that I m not quite as draconian as these prescriptions might make me seem if you happen to write reviews and you ve done one or more of the above rest assured that I have too It s an occupational hazard when you spend hours a day reading and assessing texts A reviewer is bound to repeat herself or get tired and prefer explaining the plot to analysing its subtext And some reviewers set themselves up explicitly as summary and recommendation machines which is brilliant for readers who just want reasonable spoiler free summaries and trustworthy recommendations What s easy to forget I think is that reviews have intrinsic value They re not just tiny easily digestible packets of information crib sheets that you can skim instead of reading the book They re ways of understanding a text you ve already read I ve often been enlightened by checking out a review of a book I found difficult they re guides to texts you have yet to discover

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  • Food For Thought: The Power of Stout
    the Guinness global market share Last year alone Heineken sealed a 20 million sponsorship deal that would make Murphy s the exclusive drink of the Rugby World Cup The story was spun in the Daily Mail and subsequent churn articles as a ban inflicted by Heineken on Guinness despite its being favourite with rugby fans Despite the claims to the contrary Heineken is reported to have lost out from the deal Given the prominent brand imagery throughout some of these pieces one can but wonder where the news of this otherwise anodyne deal might have come from The battle of the big brands over revenues brings to mind the words of Sandor Katz in The Art of Fermentation Industrial brews have captured ever growing market shares but with economic repercussions mass producers of food concentrate wealth erase cultural difference render vital cultural knowledge and skills obsolete breed dependency and decontextualize our food 18 Given the declining domestic market for stout 19 one can only hope that these mighty historical markers don t get left in Heineken s store cupboard of owned assets to decline and gather dust But there is hope as thankfully there s far more to Irish stout than the trinity of Guinness Murphy s and Beamish As Ireland s traditional pubs and the brewers they were tied to started to fall into decline people in Ireland started to do something about it Lamenting their stakes living in a land rich in a culture of drinking but totally dominated by large global drinks companies Liam LaHart and Oliver Hughes opened Ireland s first independent brew pub 20 The group Porterhouse specialises in the production of stout a plain nonetheless like that mentioned in the Flann O Brien and has won multiple gold medals in the Brewing Industry International Awards over the years 21 Though the prevalence of stout may appear to be on the wane in Ireland craft beer is booming In 2013 the production of beer by Irish microbreweries grew by 32 in volume 49 000hl only to expand by a further 35 in 2014 to 71 000hl 22 Hopefully with the support of organisations such as Beoir Ireland s answer to CAMRA founded in 2010 we will continue to see these endeavours blossom and flourish Our brew did turn out well incidentally though I finished this article with a bottle of McGargles Uncle Jim s stout 1 Oliver G 2012 The Oxford Companion to Beer New York Oxford University Press p 494 2 Drinksindustryireland ie 2016 Beer a fifth of all beverage exports online Available at http www drinksindustryireland ie beer a fifth of all beverage exports Accessed 4 Jan 2016 3 Corkancestry com 2016 James Jeremiah Murphy online Available at http www corkancestry com Families 20of 20Note Murphy JamesJeremiahMidletonBrewery aspx Accessed 7 Dec 2015 4 O Brien F At Swim Two Birds 5 Oliver G 2012 The Oxford Companion to Beer 6 Archive org 2016 Full text of Who burnt Cork City a tale of

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  • Concepta Cassar, Author at Litro Magazine
    is a right endangered by profit as the likes of William Cobbett and John Betjeman knew all too well Read more Litro Arts Culture Food For Thought The Meaning of Foraging by Concepta Cassar In her latest food column Concepta Cassar argues that we should embrace foraging to restore our intimacy with the wild Read more Litro Arts Culture Food For Thought Hazlitt Malthus and the Tragedy of Food Banks by Concepta Cassar Whatever the outcome of the general election the rise of food banks is a tragic legacy of the coalition government An early 19th century dispute between population theorist Thomas Malthus and essayist William Hazlitt helps deepen our understanding of government attitudes to the subsistence of the poorest Read more Litro Arts Culture Food For Thought What Montaigne Can Teach Us About Ultraprocessed Foods by Concepta Cassar In his seminal 1580 essay Des Cannibales Michel de Montaigne criticised fruit which we have artificially perverted Concepta Cassar looks at the relevance of this in the light of today s ultraprocessed food industry Read more Concepta Cassar The author has 9 posts published in Litro Magazine Concepta is a journalist forager and food writer with a particular interest in food anthropology sustainability and agricultural affairs Her recipes have been featured in the Guardian and she writes for a number of organisations including BuzzFeed Aftertastes and the Soil Association Her other great loves are literature and modern languages Concepta speaks French and Italian and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Russian Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial

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  • 20 Most Played David Bowie Tracks
    713 Comments comments Prev Gathered Leaves Photographs by Alec Soth at the Science Museum Next Food For Thought The Power of Stout Related Posts Rush hour Rantings Feature Film The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser Feature Film Blue Jasmine Litro TV Recent Posts Bringing Up Baby In the Night Time Before the Sun Rises at the Gate Theatre True Love in Los Angeles A R BY ANY OTHER NAME The Echo Travelling in Fiji The Litro Blog View Archive 11th February 2016 Litro 149 The Love issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto Love we spend our lives craving it in one form or another searching for it and talking about it Its meaning is felt more than it is clearly expressed Some call it the greatest virtue Continue reading 9th December 2015 Litro 148 The Going Home issue Letter from the Editor By Eric Akoto This month in Litro 148 we explore the notion of what Going Home means to us Is it a familiar physical space A refuge A feeling A state of mind Or is home actually to be found in another human being maybe your partner your parents How do you know when you have found it Continue reading Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers

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  • Gathered Leaves: Photographs by Alec Soth at the Science Museum
    to the secluded state of Mississippi As we progress into the next collection of the mid career photographer we see his collection Niagara Falls as a place to show the wounded the broken and those beaten down by love After Soth s marriage to Rachel they headed to Niagara Falls a place where couples go for honeymoons and which symbolises sexuality and desire There is something very tragic about these images as the faces of the ruined are surrounded and overwhelmed by the bland lifeless atmosphere of these motels One image in which a woman is carrying her child echoes the disproportionate amount of dejection and I can t help but feel sympathy for their gloom Another shows two towel birds facing each other in a shabby motel room It indicates a feeling of affection between two lovers but instead suggests a similarity to a Tennessee Williams play where the dreamers are falling At moments Soth s work is reminiscent of Steve McCurry s as both effortlessly bring out the raw human element while simultaneously engulfing the world in a single frame However it s Soth who is more compendious he pays attention to everything no matter how obscure and this includes things that are incongruous to their own setting A portrait in the Niagara Falls collection specifically is suggestive of McCurry s work a girl an observer watching the world go by It s the image that epitomizes the collection as it accurately perceives the somber but lustful state that documents the celebratory location of Niagara Falls Suddenly we are taken away from civilization and deserted into a world of the desire to escape in Broken Manuals Soth poses us with the images of monks survivors and men similar to himself all dreaming of escaping the world The male figure is prominent because of what Soth himself connects with and it appears to allow him it encapsulate the personal sensation of loneliness and freedom directly The collection evokes Robert Frost s Birches I d like to get away from the earth for awhile then come back to it and begin over The tremendous air of nature gives the desire to escape and reconnect with his roots Nature here echoes as a medium of separation both from Soth s previous work and from the modern world as a whole Soth documents the freedom of life and nature in such an open way here we can take a breath and transport ourselves away from everything we are surrounded by After the desire to escape Songbook seizes the happiness of the present As a worshipper of photojournalism Alec Soth and a friend the writer Brad Zellar travelled across the United States of America acting as journalists for a newspaper The work that they collected is extraordinary and finds the motif of happiness in music From the chap in a hat dancing to the child playing an electric guitar in a small church we see a subject matter that unites each and every

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  • Rebecca Gwyther, Author at Litro Magazine
    they have to say Read more Rebecca Gwyther The author has 2 posts published in Litro Magazine Mainly involved in theatre Rebecca has been writing for A Younger Theatre since April 2015 and is currently part of the StoneCrabs Young Directors Programme amongst working for various theatre companies Recently she has been undertaking a diploma in 20th Century American Literature while reviving her passion for photography and continuing to pursue her musical inclination Website Twitter Facebook Contact Us General 44 0 20 3371 9971 info litro co uk Sales Advertising enquiries 44 0 20 3371 9971 Email Sales Magazine Editorial editor litro co uk All Online Editorial online litro co uk Book Reviews Author Interviews reviews litro co uk Film Arts Editorial arts litro co uk Litro Lab Podcast litrolab litro co uk LitroTV litrotv litro co uk Litro Listings listings litro co uk Subscribe Stockists Submissions Advertising Our Team About Litro Litro Magazine is a free short stories and creative arts magazine in print and online Providing a place for readers writers and the broader creative community to discuss various aspects of literature arts and culture through features reviews non themed fiction interviews columns and more Perfect reading for those with busy lives When the first issue of Litro was published in April 2005 the main free paper for commuters and city dwellers was the morning Metro Since then many tabloid style free sheets have joined the field like the Metro these can be skim read and quickly discarded Litro is different our central aim has always been to provide commuters and city dwellers with an inspiring thought provoking alternative that takes you places you don t normally think about when travelling around the city We believe literary magazines should not just be targeted at writers themselves or even

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