Advocates of identity politics are demanding that white writers stop creating fictional characters who are different from their own race, gender or sexual orientation.
'Blood on the Stone' clearly and deliberately resonates with the current techniques of 'political chicanery', such as 'fake' news, bombastic oratory, 'truthiness', foreign interference, blatant hypocrisy and so on.
In 1909, Haldane recommended that a Secret Service Bureau be established, divided into two sections, Home and Foreign.
This is a world, of transaction, appearance and display, based on conceit and seduction, the toying by the super star artist with the necessarily gullible.
He seems to be exerting a continuing influence, with his film, The Other Side of the Wind making its debut after 48 torrid years.
'The Brisbane writers' festival is very hard work. So, to be uninvited to what is possibly the dreariest literary festival in the world, with zero hospitality and no fun at all, is a great relief.'
If you read about Rimsky-Korsakov you learn a lot about the chaotic life of 19th Century Russia.
It seems like the end of the modernist dream is really a post-modern reality of bland, conforming statements.
Stop me if you've heard this one...a BBC executive with the marvellously Orwellian title of Controller of Comedy Commissioning walked into this newspaper interview.
The Economics Infinity War, in a nutshell, is a story of do-gooders versus good-doers of the economic variety. The former are all about intentions, the latter results.
When many diverse voices come together as 'one voice' on a regular basis the outcomes are transformational.
It is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade.