The Oxonian Review
Janes of note
October 19th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Elizabeth Jane Timms Which Jane Austen? ST Lee Gallery, Weston Library 23 June to 29 Oxtober, 2017           Among the many events taking place nationwide to commemorate 200 years since Jane Austen’s death is the major summer exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries. Which Jane Austen?, which runs until the 29th October, […]
River Usk
October 18th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Kitty Chew    ~ Kitty Chew is studying Fine Art at the Ruskin. Her website and Instagram are here and here.
Feeling it
October 17th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Owen Duff 4:44 Jay-Z June 2017           A car loses value the minute it leaves the dealership; the contents of a private life depreciate the moment they are spoken, the minute they leave the mouth. In rap, an increasingly confessional genre, no one has observed this rule more carefully than Jay-Z. […]
“Were the heavens, then, a time-piece?”
October 16th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Nicolas Liney The Paradoxal Compass: Drake’s Dilemma Horatio Morpurgo Notting Hill Editions 2017 179 pp. £14.99             History has been somewhat unkind to John Dee, the eccentric Tudor mathematician and magus, preferring to emphasise his forays into the occult, the hermetic and the magical. From Faustus and Prospero to Aleister […]
What do you think of it?
October 12th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Gabriel Roberts Criticism Catherine Belsey Profile Books 2016 162pp £8.99 (pbk)           Small books on big topics are big business. The extraordinary success of Oxford University Press’s Very Short Introductions, which now number over 500 (aided by OUP’s decision to publish works from the earlier Past Masters series—itself very like the […]
October 11th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Constantine Blintzios   I listened To NASA’s Recorded Sounds Of solar wind Like the ‘thud’ of clubbed seals In cave water: Microphones knocked against thigh and rib Bone Undergrowth howled  Through a voyager Sent out in the 70s   “It sounds like they’ve spun off their orbit”, she said When I thought I’d found Orpheus […]
Are ghosts white?
October 10th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Marek Sullivan A Ghost Story Dir. David Lowery, 2017               Light slants through David Lowery’s A Ghost Story like the soft signal of a fading universe asking for love. It’s like Marilynne Robinson’s Home without the home—a melancholy meditation on universal homelessness and the frail bonds that weave our […]
“I Didn’t Have Time to be Anyone’s Muse”: The Hidden Lives of Female Surrealists
October 9th, 2017, 05:13 AM
Emma Parker The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism Whitney Chadwick Thames and Hudson October 2017 256pp £24.95             In an interview in 1983, the painter, sculptor and writer Leonora Carrington tartly noted that her role as the muse of surrealism “was bullshit … I didn’t have time […]
The Player’s Handbook
July 3rd, 2017, 05:13 AM
Thos. West A set of polyhedral dice (author’s collection)                 Among the things the prospective player of Dungeons and Dragons needs to know: STR, DEX, CON, INT, WIS, and CHA stand for “Strength”, “Dexterity”, “Constitution”, “Intelligence”, “Wisdom”, and “Charisma”.  These are determined by rolling 3d6—a d6 is a […]
Late-ish Style
July 3rd, 2017, 05:13 AM
Hugh Foley Commotion of the Birds John Ashbery Carcanet 2016 128 pp. £9.99           One of the more Ashbery-by-numbers poems in Commotion of the Birds, John Ashbery’s latest collection, is called “Late-ish”. Like almost all of Ashbery’s work since the 1990s, it attempts to climb the sheer exuberant banality of spoken […]