The Manchester Salon

Articles and reviews from the Manchester Salon, which holds monthly talks and discussions on a range of topics in Manchester, England.

Monday 19 July 2010

Art on your wall

Walls are Talking: Wallpaper, Art and Culture, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Where Warhol leaves little to the imagination, some of the best pieces here are intricate and detailed montages of startling images and often highly-sexualised motifs. Hirst’s minute reproductions of bottles of pills, which look from afar like a computer circuit board, is actually laced with Biblical sayings. Religion as a drug, anyone?

Thursday 17 June 2010

Not quite as appearances suggest

The Importance of Being Earnest, Manchester Central Library, Manchester

The cast were impressive in their roles, as Wilde’s script is dense, fast-paced and laced with jokes, innuendo and sarcasm, and they didn’t falter. Algernon (played by newcomer Alex Felton) in particular, seemed well at ease in the role of a ‘relatively impoverished gentleman’ living the good life at the expense of relatives and others, moving from country house to city residence in search of dinner and fun.

Tuesday 25 May 2010

Defined by vulnerability

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (Quercus)

For sure, the frame is pitted and buckled – as the genre demands – but overall, its integrity remains. We do not go beyond good and evil, as Nietzsche once urged, but instead luxuriate within its normative parameters. The three bogey-men thrown-up in the course of the story all get their just desserts.

No room for shades of gray

The Girl Who Played With Fire, by Stieg Larsson (Quercus)

In his attempt to emphasise Salander’s vulnerability in the first book much was made of her underdeveloped, girlish body and the apparently endless series of dirty old men driven to distraction by it. Here she keeps the schoolgirl body and vulnerability, but this time PHWOAR! LOOK AT HER KNOCKERS!

Feminism comes triumphantly home

The Girl who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, by Stieg Larsson (Quercus)

What motivates this abuse of authority, according to the author, is (male) sado-masochism on the level of the individual, whereas the political reasons are directly intertwined with the pragmatic and soul-less capitalism most Western societies subscribe to at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the new millennium.


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