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BBC Radio 4: The Paris Bouquinistes

The BBC Radio 4 program about les bouquinistes aired this morning, and I am thrilled to be part of it! Many thanks to producer Geoff Bird for bringing me into the process, and for Phil who alerted me to the broadcast. Listen now. Or launch the audio player from the BBC Radio 4 web page. Continue reading

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The Sad, Brilliant, Haunted Voice of Virginia Woolf

This is the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf’s voice. It is part of a BBC radio broadcast from April 29th, 1937. The talk was called “Craftsmanship” and was part of a series entitled “Words Fail Me”. Read a transcript. Continue reading

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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

Marina Abramovic, the self-styled grandmother of performance art has become the first performance artist to be awarded a major retrospective at the New York Museum of Modern Art. Over the years the Serbian artist has starved herself, incised five point stars into her stomach, whipped herself and come very very close to dying in mid-performance. Today her work is increasingly meditative in style but continues to explore an equation of endurance, empathy and energy. The Strand’s Mark Coles talks to her biographer, James Westcott about an artist who lives her art more than most – right now she is in lock-down mode as she attempts her latest 600 hour marathon performance. Continue reading

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Tracey Emin & the Bad News Raccoons

What I like most about the BBC is the surrealism that surrounds listening to it in the middle of the night. My local public radio station broadcasts the BBC World Service in the wee hours. If I wake up then … Continue reading

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Would Catherine Deneuve Read To My Tomatoes?

Faithful readers of this blog  know that I read by listening. The voice I hear most often, day in and day out, is a machine voice known as Puzzled Paul. My life’s ambition is having a voice on my speech … Continue reading

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Café Mouffe: Lula Pena & Marta Topferova

Often when I wake up during the night I flip on the clock radio to listen to the BBC World Service. It puts me right back to sleep unless breaking news gets my attention. Sometimes I listen subconsciously while I … Continue reading

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If Jimi Juiced It, A Charred Guitar Isn’t Toast

After rocking out with Talking Heads and Bob Seeger at the Mouffe, I should note for the record that a guitar set ablaze by Jimi Hendrix sold this week at a London auction of rock memorabilia. The price was £280,000 … Continue reading

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Café Mouffe: Free Nelson Mandela

Amy Winehouse led the finale at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebration in London with the anti-apartheid anthem Free Nelson Mandela. The concert raised funds for Mandela’s HIV/Aids charity 46664, which was named after his prison number during the 27 years … Continue reading

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Playing By Ear: Parlez-moi d’amour

If you didn’t hear enough on Valentine’s Day, listen to the curator of “Parlez-moi d’amour” at the Museum of Letters And Manuscripts in Paris. She has a voice like Catherine Deneuve selling bath oil, as Tom Wolfe would say. The … Continue reading

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