Time Travelling in the Company of Charles Saumarez Smith

June 16th at 12:01am

Generally, I think of art exhibitions as people sipping champagne and whispering about how much they adore the works on display. (I won’t say perfectly dressed people because I have a faint recollection of once seeing Tracey Emin at the White Cube ga...

Cookbooks, Catalogues, and Value

June 1st at 12:01am

The old moniker you get what you pay for is not accurate. Price does not equal value. Value has many more aspects in addition to the cold hard cost paid.

Value changes. Jay Rayner, for example, has the power to exponentially increase the value of...

Storytelling and Revenue: Design is Money

Design is Storytelling by Ellen Lupton is a great read: fast, funny, useful. Design is not storytelling for pleasure: stories are being used to make money.

A poster is designed. Objects are designed. Museums are designed. The design of everything,...

Fishing and Fever: Water in Pride and Prejudice

January 26th at 12:01am

Lyme Park, Cheshire served as the exterior of Pemberley, Darcy's estate in Derbyshire

Everyone knows the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for Colin Firth spending a considerable amount of time either wet or in water—relaxing in a hot bath, cov...

Diary of an MP’s Wife

December 3rd at 12:01am

The trope of Lady Macbeth is well-worn—a strong woman behind the scenes propping up a weak husband with power. And it is easy to dismiss The Diary of an MP’s Wife as the score-settling of an embittered wife who did not manage to crown her husband—t...

Don’t Kill Your Characters

If good writers “kill [their] darlings”, then as with Newton’s Lex III: Actioni contrariam semper et æqualem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse æquales et in partes contrarias dirigi, every action has an equal...