Eve Babitz, the chronicler of Los Angeles, passed away last month aged 78. Her work combined the qualities of generosity and glamour, rejecting self-pity and victimhood.
Two writers who grew up in Birmingham – one in Thatcher’s 1980s, and one in Blair’s ’90s – discuss class, geography, housing, work, and accents inside and outside of England’s second city.
Two new accounts of growing up and leaving Birmingham provide moving accounts of the snobbery and misunderstanding directed at England’s second city by the country’s social elite.
Last month, Rudy Kurniawan was released after seven years in prison for passing off cheap fakes as fine wine – a crime punished, above all, for exposing ruling class pretensions about taste.
Walsall’s ‘New’ Art Gallery opened 20 years ago, and is still one of the best in Britain. As one of the few enduring successes of New Labour’s lavish arts programme, we ask: what went right?
When tech giants offer to help with contact tracing apps, they aren’t being altruistic – they’re embedding themselves in critical infrastructure like healthcare in ways that will be difficult to reverse.
An interview with Nathalie Olah about class, culture, television, home improvement, bad taste and revolt.