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Why Writers Can Keep Adapting And Readapting Greek Myths, Generation After Generation

Charlotte Higgins: “Greek myths don’t exist in canonical forms: they are to be retold in the moment, and exist only as contaminated, and endlessly recontaminated, versions of themselves. That makes it a realm, I think, of creative invitation rather than of austere exactitude.” – Literary Hub
Tags: Art, Words, Charlotte Higgins

Boris Johnson’s Government Is Using Britain’s Cultural Institutions As Culture War Battlefields

Charlotte Higgins, The Guardian‘s chief arts writer, comments on how the current Tory administration is applying loyalty tests and generally interfering with every single decision and appointment it can make — and is doing so with remarkable shamelessness. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Britain, Boris Johnson, Issues, Charlotte Higgins

How The Booker Prize Became Such A Big Deal

Charlotte Higgins: “It was by such steps” as well-timed leaks and carefully fanned disagreements “that the Booker became not just a book prize, but a heady tangle of arguments, controversy and speculation: a cultural institution.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Words, Booker, Charlotte Higgins

Woven into the fabric of life – the Greek myths as tapestries

From Medea to Helen of Troy, Greek myths still speak to the modern world. Classicist Charlotte Higgins explores stories that weave together the fabric of our existenceAmong my most treasured books as a child was a volume of Greek myths. My eldest brother, a sleep-deprived junior doctor at the time, bought it for me from a warren-like bookshop near his flat in London. The shop, sadly, is long gone, but I still have Children of the Gods by Kenneth McLeish, illustrated by Elisabeth Frink. It infilt...
Tags: Books, London, Education, Fiction, Culture, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Helen, Classics And Ancient History, Virgil, Charlotte Higgins, Homer, Elisabeth Frink, Kenneth McLeish

Reasoning Behind Tories’ Protect-Monuments-From-Mobs Law Is Rubbish

Charlotte Higgins: “What is happening in reality – and to a greater or lesser extent has been happening for years – is a reappraisal of what and who is celebrated in Britain’s public realm, as Britain gradually, painfully, and often inadequately, examines its colonial and imperial past. … What the Conservatives doggedly refuse to acknowledge is that a community deciding – or even a pressure group demanding – that a figure should no longer be revered on a plinth in the public realm has nothing t...
Tags: Art, Britain, Issues, Visual, Charlotte Higgins, 01.21.21

Classical Music In The UK Is In Mortal Danger. Why Aren’t People With Clout There Publicly Fighting For It?

As the novel coronavirus spread, the machinery of live classical performance ground to a halt months ago, putting thousands out of work; the industry will be one of the last to return to full activity, and no one can yet agree on how or when that can happen; unlike continental Europe, Britain doesn’t provide nearly enough public funding to see classical music through the crisis. Many famous theatre folk are sounding the alarm for their art form, writes Charlotte Higgins; why aren’t well-known c...
Tags: Art, Music, UK, Charlotte Higgins, Europe Britain, 06.09.20

There’s Doublethink At The Heart Of Arts Awards, And This Year’s Double Booker Prize Brought It To The Surface

“Everyone agrees that competition is the enemy of art. And yet, on the whole, there is also an agreement to conspire in the notion that it isn’t. This paradox, this doublethink, usually works fine, since it opens up the space in which the extra-artistic functions of prizes can be fulfilled.” Charlotte Higgins analyzes how this doublethink works — and how the decision of this year’s Booker jury to flout the prize’s rules messed it up. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Booker, Issues, Charlotte Higgins, 10.15.19

Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
Tags: Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Rome, Architecture, Military, Art and design, Transport, Athens, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Stonehenge, Charlotte Higgins, John Wood

The hygge conspiracy | Charlotte Higgins

This year’s most overhyped trend is a wholesome Danish concept of cosiness, used to sell everything from fluffy socks to vegan shepherd’s pie. But the version we’re buying is a British invention – and the real thing is less cuddly than it seemsInescapably and suddenly, Britain has been invaded by hygge. The Danish word, previously unknown to all but the most hardcore Scandophiles, is now the subject of an avalanche of books, hundreds of Identikit newspaper features, and endless department-store ...
Tags: Life and style, World news, Britain, Health & wellbeing, Denmark, Charlotte Higgins

Artists are in shock after the vote, but we need them now more than ever | Charlotte Higgins

In the years to come, artists and intellectuals will venture across the rift to interpret the two halves of our divided kingdom to one other“We had a headache,” wrote Philip Pullman on Twitter on Friday, “so we shot our foot off. Now we can’t walk, and we still have the headache.”There is, of course, no one like a novelist to reach for the apt and telling metaphor at a time of chaos. The referendum result rings particularly bleakly for Britain’s cultural world. Most artists, curators, musicians,...
Tags: Art, Europe, Politics, Eu, Culture, Britain, Eu Referendum, Art and design, Philip Pullman, Charlotte Higgins

Seems We Just Can’t Get Enough Of The Tudors – Why Is That?

Charlotte Higgins: “When speaking to historians, novelists and curators of the period, I found that they would, at some point in the conversation, reach for a pop-cultural analogy. The Tudors are like the Kardashians, said one. They are like the Caesars, or the Kennedys, said another. They are like Game of Thrones, said one. They […]
Tags: Art, Kardashians, Issues, Audience, Kennedys, Charlotte Higgins, 05.04.16

Tudormania: Why can’t we get over it? | Charlotte Higgins

Our fixation with the sexy powerplays of the Tudor court shows no signs of fading. What is it about this 16th-century dynasty that still obsesses us?One blustery spring morning, Lucy Worsley, the chief curator of the Historic Royal Palaces and TV historian, marched me round Hampton Court Palace in search of Tudor pee. Traces were, she said, to be found on one of her favourite artefacts – a pisspot excavated in Henry VIII’s privy garden. “It doesn’t look anything at all,” she said. “But when you ...
Tags: Books, England, History, Britain, Hampton Court Palace, Tudor, Wolf Hall, Henry Viii, Charlotte Higgins, Lucy Worsley

‘The Situation Looks Bleak, But It Need Not Be Terminal’ At English National Opera

Charlotte Higgins: “For many years now, ENO has been a paradoxical place. It has had a superb orchestra and chorus, the best technical team in Britain, and has produced artistically brilliant work. This is true even now, as everything seems in a state of disintegration, with its productions of The Magic Flute and Akhnaten.”
Tags: Music, Britain, Charlotte Higgins, 03.23.16

Katie Mitchell, British theatre’s queen in exile | Charlotte Higgins

Her champions regard Katie Mitchell as Britain’s greatest living stage director – but her critics see a vandal smashing up the classics. After staging her most ambitious work in Europe, can she make a triumphant return home?Katie Mitchell provokes strong reactions. Some think of her as a vandal, ripping apart classic texts and distorting them to her own dubious purpose. Others consider her to be the most important British director of theatre and opera at work today – indeed, among the greatest i...
Tags: Europe, UK, France, Germany, Neil Gaiman, Theatre, UK News, Britain, Stage, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Mitchell, Katie Mitchell, Debussy, Donizetti, Charlotte Higgins

Theatre: the nation’s debating chamber

Of all the artforms, theatre is the one most directly addressing our politics. From King Charles III and Posh to The Vote – to be staged on election night – this is a golden moment for political plays. Charlotte Higgins explores whyIt is a largely male cast. Raked seating flanks a thrust stage, and from time to time people leap up from the rows of benches to shout out their lines, as if they are audience and actors both. All is loosely controlled, it seems, by a man who sits on a kind of throne....
Tags: Politics, Theatre, UK News, Culture, House Of Commons, Stage, Political theatre, Charlotte Higgins, Charles III