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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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There are subjects I return to again and again for a final word. This is one of them. It started, as so many things do, with art. Magritte and Duchamp, Buñuel and Dali, 'Un Chien Andalou' and 'L'Age D'Or' and 'Dr Caligari'. Many critics wrote off Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech because of his unabashed commercialism, his bad-boy antics and his clown-prince behaviour. An easy…
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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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The reviews for Darren Aronofsky's film 'Mother!' caused an uproar - among audiences mostly, not critics, who quickly saw how the director had set out his stall. But in a time when Victorian linearity and 20th century realism still rule in literature, film and theatre the fuss was to be expected. At the start of the 20th century, photography robbed art of the need for linear narrative, splitting…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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I don't believe in lowest-common-demonenator writing. There should be books we'll never fully understand and tales of such complexity we have to wrestle with them, even though there are fears that the days of complex or obscure writing are coming to an end, partly due to the new ADD that has replaced quiet contemplation (there's an article on that here). Recently I wrote a short story called 'The…
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