The Oxonian Review
The Player’s Handbook
July 3rd, 2017, 05:20 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, 05:20 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 […]
Ode to Joy
July 3rd, 2017, 05:20 AM
Nicola Thomas                   Around 2005, Jason Kottke of the link-sharing website suggested in passing that “most modern sports” involve a kind of mania for tidying up. This applies not just to sports like football or snooker, which involve tidying balls into goals or pockets, but also […]
Thoughts on a Tragedy
July 3rd, 2017, 05:20 AM
Richard McClelland Woyzeck Georg Büchner, in a new version by Jack Thorne dir. Joe Murphy The Old Vic 15th May-24th June 2017             When Georg Büchner died of typhus aged just twenty-three in 1837 he left the manuscript for his celebrated tragedy Woyzeck unfinished. The first text I read as […]
Inner Life
July 2nd, 2017, 05:20 AM
Matilda Bathurst   InHabit edited by Antony Buxton, Jane Anderson and Linda Hulin Peter Lang 276 pp. £45             What is it that intrigues us about the idea of inhabitation? To exist within a structure isn’t enough; from childhood through to later life we take delight in models and manifestations […]
“slipping sideways into god”
July 2nd, 2017, 05:20 AM
Rey Conquer Typestract 260764, 1964 Courtesy of Richard Saltoun Gallery Dom Sylvester Houédard: Typestracts Richard Saltoun Gallery, London 26th May – 14th July, 2017 Dom Sylvester Houédard Edited by Andrew Hunt and Nicola Simpson Ridinghouse and Richard Saltoun Gallery 2017 157pp £30         The works currently on display at Richard Saltoun Gallery, […]
June 23rd, 2017, 05:20 AM

The Myth of Homecoming
June 16th, 2017, 05:20 AM
Lotta Schneidemesser A God in Every Stone Kamila Shamsie Bloomsbury 2014 400 pp. ISBN 9781408847237 £8.99           If a man is to die defending a field, let the field be his field, the land his land, the people his people. In A God in Every Stone (2014) Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie […]
Three Photographs from Brazil
June 15th, 2017, 05:20 AM
Julia Last   ~ Julia Last is reading for an M.Phil in Portuguese and Italian at the University of Oxford.
Worlds Apart
June 14th, 2017, 05:20 AM
Owen Duff More Life Drake March 2017 DAMN. Kendrick Lamar April 2017     Rap is often understood as a competition, and the status of the art as duel between the two most successful MCs. In the 90s, it was Biggie Smalls and Tupac, and in the late 90s, Jay Z and Nas. It is […]