Five books you could have been forbidden to read

J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, Voltaire’s Candide, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,  and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. While these are all great works of literature that you may…

Review: Alasdair Gray, Spheres of Influence I

Man, Glasgow is LOVING Alasdair Gray right now. We’re making films, running exhibitions and generally giving cultural shout outs to our favourite Glasgow OG. It does help that he looks like a particularly friendly…

Relentless: Book Review

A great deal more than a Holocaust story Fatelessness is powerful, carefully presented concentration camp fiction. Dreadful though the story is, it is a masterly, subtle and constantly surprising novel, told through a narrator…

100 Years of Dylan Thomas

The poetry of Dylan Thomas is inextricably linked to the life of the man. His lifestyle and legacy almost parody the stereotype of a romantic poet; drinker, womanizer, inevitably obsessed with death and beauty…

Happy 170th Birthday, Friedrich Nietzsche

The 15th October was a day to celebrate. On that day 170 years ago, the great philosopher, critic, poet and philologist Friedrich Nietzsche was born.  His ideas, revolutionary in his days, are still relevant,…

21st ­Century Mythologies:­ Podcast Review

Roland Barthes’ 1957 book Mythologies develops Ferdinand de Saussure’s system of semiology ­ that words – or ‘signs’ – are comprised of a ‘signifier’ (physical form) and ‘signified’ (the concept it represents), and posits…

A Spoken Word Summer

Glasgow has had a summer of sport; a summer of “People Make Glasgow”; even a summer of (intermittent) sun; but what this summer has also seen is the crest of a new wave of…

10 minutes with: student author David McCrae

A Dutch family in London. Its members involved in the heroin trade, exposed to crime. Violence, dual identities, lies, manipulation and confrontation surround the family. Uncle against nephew, ruthless cunning against hopeful aspirations. Either they overcome…