Daily Archives: October 13, 2015
Like being scared witless? Do gouts of candy-apple-red blood sluicing across the screen make your heart beat like an overclocked dynamo? Maybe throw in a little zany comedy, too, along with the bumps and the jumps and the psychos in the night? Well fear aficionados, have I got the festival for you. Toronto After Dark opens on Thursday, October 15th, and this year’s gorefest promises thrills and chills galore.
In 1977, when other kids were discovering The Sex Pistols, I was discovering The Love Boat. I stayed at my grandparents’ house on most weekends, so on Saturday nights at 8 p.m., I’d settle down on the sofa with the two of them to watch Aaron Spelling’s marine masterpiece. This column is my attempt to reclaim the wonder of those weekends.
Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century
The twentieth century is the one about which we know the most, due to explosions in innovation, technology, mass literacy, and documentation. We know about the century in its broad strokes: the child of the industrial revolution, the breakdown of Empire, the horrors of war at an unfathomable scale, the rise of economic powerhouses, the spread of capitalism and consumerism, the rise of America, and the appearance of massive foreign interventionist policies. But what else happened? Most histories focus on the worlds of economy, war, and diplomacy, to varying effect. Many aspects of the twentieth century are swept under the rug by historians, not out of a lack of interest, but in a desire to reign in their scope – an unfortunate and necessary result of composition. But twentieth-century histories have to be ambitious; there has never been a more well-documented century in the history of the world. John Higgs’s Stranger Than We Can Imagine moves the focus away from the typical historical centre stage and offers some delightful (and terrifying) insights into a century we think we know. Read the rest of this entry
Born: February 9, 1981 in Westminster, London, England, UK
“To have compassion for a character is no different from having compassion for another human being.”
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Was in the same class as both Prince William and Eddie Redmayne at the boarding school Eton College.