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The McBainiad, Book 9: ‘Til Death’ (1959)

When I studied classical Greek and Roman literature at university, one aspect we considered was the deep relationship these stories had with the society which created them. Greek tragedy had its origins in religious ritual (the word comes from tragoidia, ‘goat song’, after the animals sacrificed during the ceremony), a time when a city-state came together. … Continue reading

On ‘James Ellroy: Visions of Noir’, Liverpool University 2 July 2015

‘In Ellroy’s world, everyone is tarnished and afraid.‘ It’s good for the soul to wallow in fandom now and again, and I did that yesterday at a terrifically entertaining conference on the work of crime writer James Ellroy. It was also a chance for me to relive my youth; I spent four years as a … Continue reading