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  • Feature Film: From Up On Poppy Hill
    itself of upgrading the old so it may last long into the contemporary world echoes a current nostalgia existing in Japan Post tsunami towns looking to rebuild are reluctant to accept changes in layout from town planners making it difficult to defend the coast from future natural disasters and leaving towns unprepared and at a technical disadvantage for the economic future This light hearted coming of age film is about making a choice about who you want to be about being the best version of yourself Umi and Shun make an incredible team inspiring everyone around them and joining in whenever they can As their friendship gets closer the absence of her mother is keenly felt In a dream sequence she wakes up to find her mother in the kitchen as if she had never left and her father outside as if he d never died She is looking to resurrect a time and a way of life that has since disappeared The simplicity in the scene of seeing her mother cooking in the kitchen is an emotionally raw moment with a Umi different from the entire first section of the film The audience cannot help but desperately feel how trapped she thinks she has come to be The bright shining face of the earlier scenes has gone replaced with a miserable trapped and confused teenage girl Once her mother has returned and responsibilities are lifted from her shoulders everything pours out and Umi falls into floods of tears The calm composure she has maintained for so long finally gives way The story rotates around Umi and Shun and the causes they fight for and concern them It looks at the different ideas of family and education For three generations Umi s family has been well educated as doctors and professors with her father as the only exception as a sea captain This contrasts with Shun s parents whose father is a tugboat captain He has good parents but with his campaigning and active involvement with the student council he aspires to more With change sweeping across Japan ahead of the Olympics this is representational of the time Her mother educating herself in America Umi wanting to become a doctor like her mother Shun considering a political career are all signs of change and development for a future Japan For Studio Ghibli while From Up On Poppy Hill does not sink into the levels of emotion and nostalgia as found in Whisper In The Heart 1995 or Only Yesterday 1991 it is a beautifully simple love story that few but Ghibli would be able to make as effortlessly convincing About Eleanor Pender An avid film and literature fan Eleanor has knowledge ranging from Charles Dickens to Rian Johnson She has reviewed film theatre tv shows and books since 2008 and worked for Push To Fire an alternative e zine and ThreeWeeks an Edinburgh Festival Fringe paper Residing in the literary heart of Edinburgh she is in the ideal place for

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  • Exhuming the American Dream: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and American Psycho
    the novel s paperback version Rob Crouch in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas Photo Nobby Clarke In Fear and Loathing Rob Crouch steals the show as Duke s sidekick Dr Gonzo The play reaches its highest pitch during a bathtub scene where Gonzo instructs Duke to kill him by throwing a radio into his bath while Grace Slick wails through White Rabbit His ensuing naked bubble covered rage makes for a stirring if disturbing spectacle Consumption is a persistent theme here Bateman s absurdly haute cuisine his fiancée s Manolo Blahnik addiction Duke and Gonzo s serious drug collection but it is Stein who plays most effectively on the double definition of the word consumption in one sense to use up a resource in its more dated usage a wasting disease that destroys the victim from the inside out Scenes of hallucinogen addled surrealism are made especially horrible by impressive physical theatre the ensemble transform into writhing reptilians nightmarish waitresses and a series of other Hogarthian grotesques In American Psycho Goold makes it all look like a bit too much fun Perhaps it is the quality of Thompson s writing and Lou Stein s nuanced adaptation that fosters a sense of menace that is absent in American Psycho In Goold s production persistently dazzling little musical numbers sway precariously between satire and celebration You Are What You Wear is joyful stomp down the catwalks of the era and the synth pumping Hard Body is more of a homage than a parody of the 80s fetish for everything ultra fit With sets from Kanye West s stage designer Es Devlin and a cast of unfeasibly gorgeous actors it plays a little too easily into the jaws of the purely aesthetic For all its flaws Easton Ellis novel works by contrasting dull surface detail with graphic violence think crucified prostitutes gouged eyes and a stomach churning rat scene The novel s gore has been justifiably toned down here but its fixation on fashion fast cars fancy food and face creams ought to have been adjusted accordingly Despite its delicious visuals and there are plenty the piece is riddled with the very problems it attempts to ridicule Bateman s late assertion that there is no real me only an entity something illusory also acts as a neat descriptor of the essential vacuity at the production s heart In a way however this vacuity is what makes it such an accurate embodiment of the American dream Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas runs until 8th March 2014 as part of the Vault Festival About Maia Jenkins Maia is a London based writer She grew up in Singapore and France but moved back to the UK in 2009 She has just completed an MA in Modern Literature at University College London and is now working on a novel She also holds a BA from King s College London where she was a founding member of the literary society journal Of Cabbages and King s

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  • William Shakespeare's Dangerous Liaisons
    1571 1575 he was schoolmaster at the King s New School where he would have known and taught William Shakespeare until he was about eleven Hunt then went into exile to the English College at Douai where he was closely associated with Thomas Cottam see below and where they were both joined by Hunt s former pupil Robert Dibdale The question is how far was Hunt implicated in drawing the idealistic young Dibdale and Cottam to their doom There were two Cottam brothers John Cottam was one of the schoolmasters who succeeded Simon Hunt at Stratford and would have taught Shakespeare He was elder brother to Thomas Cottam who went to Douai in 1577 and later Rome where he became a Jesuit priest in 1580 Thomas returned to England but was arrested on arrival at Dover He was found to be carrying a letter and Catholic artefacts including a crucifix and rosary beads from Robert Dibdale to deliver to his father in Shottery After being tortured by rack and Scavenger s Daughter Thomas was hanged drawn and quartered at Tyburn in May 1582 the same year that 18 year old Will Shakespeare got Anne Hathaway pregnant John Cottam left the King s New School soon after his brother s execution Next we look at Francis Throckmorton related by marriage to Shakespeare He was a member of the powerful Midlands family who held property in Warwickshire Francis was brought up at Feckenham fourteen miles from Stratford and close to the most important of the family s homes Coughton Court which is associated with two great conspiracies Francis Throckmorton s own plot to kill the Queen and the Gunpowder Plot By 1580 several members of the Throckmorton family were already in trouble for persistent Catholicism and refusal to conform Francis went to Paris where he became involved with various angry English exiles He returned to England and entered into secret correspondence with Mary Queen of Scots until captured Under torture Throckmorton confessed to knowing of a plot by the Duke of Guise to invade England free Mary and kill or kidnap Elizabeth He was executed at Tyburn in July 1584 Twenty one years later in 1605 Gunpowder plotters took refuge at his family s home Coughton Court Robert Catesby leader of the Gunpowder plotters was brought up in Lapworth twelve miles north of Stratford He was the son of the recusant Sir William Catesby and Anne daughter of Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton Court Robert was cousin to the conspirator Francis Throckmorton and related by marriage to Edward Arden through whom they were all related to William Shakespeare The Catesby family was said to have harboured the Jesuit priest Edmund Campion before his arrest and martyrdom It is possible that Shakespeare s father met Campion during his visit to Warwickshire Robert Catesby s first taste of rebellion came in 1601 when he was part of the Earl of Essex s ill fated insurrection against Queen Elizabeth He was wounded and fined 3

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  • Litro #149: Love Archives - Litro Magazine
    friend Read more Love by The Month By nridley jmrc co uk How long should romantic love last There isn t an answer And for the present it s a question I feel no need to ask Read more Litro 149 Love The Love Map By tobywilliamson Although Lucy liked to call it her love map it was a graph really Still it has the power to guide me to lifelong love and happiness she kept telling herself Read more Litro 149 Love Water Love By Tracey Iceton The brochure promises my first underwater breath will open the door to a different world one where I ll be free like never before So I sign R White on the consent form pay the price of freedom 300 and make for the beach clutching the printed promise that if I dared to open the door to my new underwater world life would never be the same again Read more Litro 149 Love Stay By cheryl powell A story of love gone wrong or love gone too right That still point of a fleeting moment or perhaps a whole eternity Read more Litro 149 Love In this issue we try to capture some of the questions Love asks of us What is love When do you feel love and how How do you cope with Love highs and lows This category contains 8 posts 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 and the broader creative community to

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  • Litro #149: Love Archives - Litro Magazine
    37 minutes to get from Clapham Common North Side to Sloane Square He saw her every morning and most evenings which meant he got the best part of five hours a week in her presence If you factor out holidays and sick days that s about 235 hours a year Or just under ten days Read more Love by The Month By nridley jmrc co uk How long should romantic love last There isn t an answer And for the present it s a question I feel no need to ask Read more Litro interview Hsin Wang By Litro Everyone always has some issues with their romantic partners There is always a time in their lives to question who they are and what they want to be Love might be a cliché topic but we can t help but think about it Read more Litro 149 Love The Love Map By tobywilliamson Although Lucy liked to call it her love map it was a graph really Still it has the power to guide me to lifelong love and happiness she kept telling herself Read more Litro 149 Love Water Love By Tracey Iceton The brochure promises my first underwater breath will open the door to a different world one where I ll be free like never before So I sign R White on the consent form pay the price of freedom 300 and make for the beach clutching the printed promise that if I dared to open the door to my new underwater world life would never be the same again Read more Litro 149 Love Stay By cheryl powell A story of love gone wrong or love gone too right That still point of a fleeting moment or perhaps a whole eternity Read more Litro 149 Love This tag is associated with 11 posts 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

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  • Q&A: Robin Sloan on Mr Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
    to be around for a long time to come It s a finely honed format with lots of very attractive features that sort of thing doesn t disappear overnight Now there s no question we ll see more mixed collections more hybrid reading but that hybridity will for a long time include a healthy print component Litro Is technology changing the way we read Robin Well I think it s giving us new ways to read There s no question the experiences of reading on a phone a tablet an e reader a laptop and a printed book are all different It has as much to do with our bodies as the screens themselves what s our posture like Are we curled up Where are we reading on a train under a tree in bed Reading is not just one thing and right now we re seeing a sort of Cambrian explosion of different kinds and contexts That s nothing but exciting Litro What was the first book you ever loved and why Robin That s hard to remember but I can tell you that among them were the Chronicles of Prydain the classic fantasy adventure series by Lloyd Alexander I remember finishing the last book in the series the pages dwindling beneath my fingers and feeling this rising sadness this great melancholy because my time with the characters was coming to a close For me that s still the purest expression of love for a book the sadness when it s over Mr Penumbra s 24 Hour Bookstore Litro Tell us about the first time you realised that the world may not be as it seems Robin This might sound strange but I honestly think it was in my economics classes at Michigan State University I had of course read about magic systems in fantasy novels for years and years prior to that point but in those classes it seemed that I was encountering a real system of magic for the first time I ve become more skeptical of the discipline s power in the years since but I still remember that feeling vividly like someone was lifting up the skin of the world showing me the muscle and bone underneath Litro What do you do when you re not reading or writing I spend a lot of time working with computers tinkering programming inventing I ve released a few digital experiments I made an iPhone app called Fish for example a sort of touchscreen essay and there are more to come Litro What has been the most formative place in your life Why Robin Is the internet a place I think so I often think of the Web in particular as a sort of big weird sprawling city I feel lucky to have wandered in relatively early and seen it grow and change Litro What are you working on next Robin There s a prequel to Penumbra coming out in the fall a digital short It tells the

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  • Natura Dominatur - or: How the Arctic Gets Under Your Skin
    down the population relocated and the settlement abandoned Yet today Pyramiden is no longer completely empty In 2013 one of the old buildings was refurbished and reopened as a hotel But because the settlement is outside of the 4G mobile network of Longyearbyen rooms can only be reserved by satellite phone In the summer groups of tourist pass through the settlement almost every single day so paradoxically Pyramiden sees more people now than it did during its coal mining years A similar and even more successful transformation from mining town to scientific community and tourist attraction has been done by Longyearbyen the largest settlement on Svalbard With all the amenities and better phone internet and flight connection than many places on the Norwegian mainland Longyearbyen is the size of a small town It has no less than four kindergartens a school with grades from 1 to 12 and a university specializing in Arctic research The world s busiest satellite station SvalSat used by countless satellite owners and all the major spacecraft exploring the solar system is located right outside of Longyearbyen As are the giant radar antennae of the Eiscat atmospheric research network the Kjell Henriksen aurora observatory and the famous Global Seed Vault where all countries can store seeds for the future Photo by Berit Ellingsen With several flights going per day from mainland Norway and many cruise ships bound for the archipelago thousands of tourists arrive at Svalbard every summer On my trip the large plane from Oslo was packed full of visitors from all over the world Norway Denmark Sweden Germany the UK the US Australia Japan China Indonesia etc etc Walking down Longyearbyen s main street I saw at least five hotels and several pubs restaurants and tourist stores The inhabitants also come from all corners of the world with the greatest contingent apart from Norwegians being Russian Thai Filipino and Swedish A small yet international society Svalbard has seen travelers ever since its first undisputable discovery by Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz 1550 1597 in 1596 At first mainly whalers and fishermen arrived at the archipelago Then in the 1800s came hunters and trappers Joe our Norwegian guide on the crossing to Pyramiden shared several tales about the hunters and trappers who caught seal and polar bear and lived in tiny shacks along the fjords Every one of those stories showed how utterly merciless the Arctic climate and landscape is especially towards the poorly prepared the arrogant and the unlucky But they were also stories about the irresistible pull of the place of people who met the love of their life in the form of a trapper or a hunter or the Arctic itself and stayed for as long as they could It wasn t hard to relate I first visited the Arctic as a teenager My mother had wanted to go there for a long time and when my father had a work opportunity at Svalbard we went on a short holiday In my youthful

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  • Diana Brown Wins "Underground" Flash Fiction Competition
    beauty It was extraordinary that someone like her would ever choose to travel by tube She looked at him and smiled straight at him John James blushed to the very core of his roots and nearly died on the spot It was her From then on he played a game and decided to stare at her for as long as possible until she did it again After she had vanished back into the crowds he vowed to himself he would look after Rose He would be her protector They had a link John James remained a devoted lifetime supporter of Rose Harbison until the year 2011 when she produced her first autobiography He read with rapture the first 81 pages when he came across a small paragraph My boyfriend paid me a lot of money to travel five stops on a tube once because he knew I had a fear of such things I was enjoying it until some annoying geek caught my eye and insisted on staring at me in a rather disturbing way Needless to say I have never travelled on public transport again Needless to say John James never went to see a Rose Harbison film again About Litro Online Mail Web More Posts 713 Comments comments Prev Runners up 2011 Litro ArtBelow flash fiction competition Next Litro alumna Sammy Wright wins Unbound Press short story award Related Posts Introducing the Litro Book Club The Confession DIVINE 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

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