At dinner in north London the other night, I was wishing – not for the first time – for an off switch to my academic radar. As an anthropologist by training, it’s become habitual to see even the… Read article
For an era that has embraced the microprocessor, that has mapped the infinitesimally small building blocks of life, that has broken open the atom and gawked at its floating innards, we are still obses… Read article
Jill the beauty salon owner from the West Country rides into her husband’s funeral on a black stallion with a black lace veil over her face to the tune of ‘I’ll Stand By You’. She tells the co… Read article
However,when, during routine evictions, I discover alien pants, cinema stubs, the throwawaycomment – on a post–it – or a tiny stowawaypressed flower amid bottom drawers,I know these are my souv… Read article
How can we comprehend a capital city? You might start with its own consecrated places: the palace, the parliament, the cathedral, the stock exchange. From the top deck of a tourist bus, the story that… Read article
The iron railing is one of the most pervasive yet rarely remarked features of the London cityscape. A form of street furniture that proliferated in the industrial revolution, London’s railings mark … Read article
My grandmother’s house – my childhood home – was the only one on its street to flood last year. The timing felt almost providential. My grandmother herself had only recently been convinced to le… Read article
Mai [1882?]Berlin. Art, my most dear Charles, art. Let me tell you how I live here: apart.Movie Get Out (2017) Cloistered … Read article
In May I went to Kalamazoo, Michigan (pop. 74,000). The town’s attractions include the Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital Water Tower and the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, which in 2000 was voted th… Read article
List of Contributors
Jonathan Beckman is senior editor of Literary Review. His first book, How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette, the Stolen Diamonds and the Scandal that Shook the French Throne, was published in June 2014 by John Murray and has been shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Book Award. @thediamondgeeza
Lulah Ellender is a writer and editor, and is currently writing a book about lists. She lives in Lewes. @tallulahloorah
Charlotte Faircloth is an academic who lives in London. She is the author of Militant Lactivism? Attachment parenting and intensive motherhood in the UK and France (Berghahn Books, 2013) and co-author of Parenting Culture Studies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
Matthew Ingleby will take up a lectureship in the English department at Queen Mary, University of London in September 2014, having taught previously at UCL. He has published several articles on the relations between urban space, the everyday, and cultural production, and is the co-editor of G.K. Chesterton, London and Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2013). @matthewingleby
Tim Smith-Laing is an Oxford-based writer and reviewer; when not writing, he is a commissioning editor at Macat International.
Digby Warde-Aldam is a freelance writer based in a boring part of London. @DailyRecord2