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Saturday, February 10, 2007

18 on the 19th

On Monday 19 February I'm off to 18 Doughty Street, "much more than a fine Georgian residence that has been renovated to the highest standards. It truly is a home and not just an office or studio. It is the home of the conservative movement," apparently.

I'll be a guest on Claire Fox News – Ideas behind the headlines at 8pm, discussing reality TV and the Celebrity Big Brother racism row.

Alan Wald writes with a reminder of his forthcoming book, Trinity of Passion
The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade
. "The second of three volumes that track the political and personal lives of several generations of U.S. left-wing writers, Trinity of Passion carries forward the chronicle launched in Exiles from a Future Time: The Forging of the Mid-Twentieth-Century Literary Left. In this volume Wald delves into literary, emotional, and ideological trajectories of radical cultural workers in the era when the International Brigades fought in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and the United States battled in World War II (1941-45). Probing in rich and haunting detail the controversial impact of the Popular Front on literary culture, he explores the ethical and aesthetic challenges that pro-Communist writers faced.
Wald presents a cross section of literary talent, from the famous to the forgotten, the major to the minor. The writers examined include Len Zinberg (a.k.a. Ed Lacy), John Oliver Killens, Irwin Shaw, Albert Maltz, Ann Petry, Chester Himes, Henry Roth, Lauren Gilfillan, Ruth McKenney, Morris U. Schappes, and Jo Sinclair. He also uncovers dramatic new information about Arthur Miller's complex commitment to the Left.

Confronting heartfelt questions about Jewish masculinity, racism at the core of liberal democracy, the corrosion of utopian dreams, and the thorny interaction between antifascism and Communism, Wald re-creates the intellectual and cultural landscape of a remarkable era."

If it's anything like as good as the first part of the trilogy, I would strongly recommend it.

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Blogger The Loneliest Jukebox said...

While we're on the theme on public appearances, I'm pretty sure from the programme description that I appear in a repeat broadcast of _Homes Under the Hammer_ shown on BBC1 at 10am this Valentine's Day. In 30 seconds I advocate turning a Margate carpark into a gargantuan building project. It's probably not worth taking the morning off work to watch, or even setting the video for...
"Homes Under the Hammer
Wed 14 Feb, 10:00 am - 11:00 am 60mins Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander view a property in Bolton, a Margate car park and a Cheshire property with lots of room. [S]"

10:47 am  

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