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Burbocentrism

Tom Shippey, 23 May 1996

Beyond Uhura: ‘Star Trek’ and Other Memories 
by Nichelle Nichols.
Boxtree, 320 pp., £9.99, December 1995, 0 7522 0787 3
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I Am Spock 
by Leonard Nimoy.
Century, 342 pp., £16.99, November 1995, 0 7126 7691 0
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Science Fiction Audiences: Watching ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Trek’ 
by Henry Jenkins and John Tulloch.
Routledge, 294 pp., £40, April 1995, 0 415 06140 7
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‘Star Trek’: Deep Space Nine 
by Mark Altman, Rob Davis and Tony Pallot.
Boxtree, 64 pp., £8.99, May 1995, 0 7522 0898 5
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... difference as enables everyone to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day or relish black-eyed peas. The mark of burbocentric culture is the lip-service paid to relativism together with a genuine inability to imagine its results. The most obviously burbocentric feature of Star Trek is the totally English-speaking galaxy in which the Enterprise operates. The ...

Bohemian in Vitebsk

J. Hoberman: Red Chagall, 9 April 2009

Chagall: Love and Exile 
by Jackie Wullschlager.
Allen Lane, 582 pp., £30, October 2008, 978 0 7139 9652 4
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... absorbed and transformed Parisian painting into an art all his own – and one that retains the mark of the historical remote culture from which he stems – that is a heroic feat which belongs to the heroic age of modern art. Seven years later, Greenberg had lost interest, comparing Chagall, with his ‘cloying, folkish cuteness’, unfavourably to ...

Grope or Cuddle

Peter Campbell, 12 January 1995

Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence 
by Svetlana Alpers and Michael Baxandall.
Yale, 186 pp., £35, September 1994, 0 300 05978 7
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... being reflected from water or snow; the sumptuousness of fabrics; the confidence with which every mark is made – these, one can feel, are not enough. Such negative responses cloud the view I have of Tiepolo. He does not make worlds to walk in, people to like, dramas to be moved by. Anyone tempted to stop there, with irritation and admiration fighting it ...
... literature for another ten years. To be sure, essayists (Hocquenghem in France, Tripp in America, Altman in Australia) had begun in the early Seventies to write theoretical works about homosexuality; but fiction had to wait until 1978 to make a major impact. At that time emerged a new gay fiction which is still flourishing today. The defining characteristics ...

All That Gab

James Wolcott: The Upsides of Sontag’s Downsides, 24 October 2019

Sontag: Her Life 
by Benjamin Moser.
Allen Lane, 832 pp., £30, September 2019, 978 0 241 00348 0
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... novelist, and wickedest of wits Mary McCarthy, who told Susan she smiled too much, the telltale mark of a provincial. McCarthy was also reputed to have said to Sontag, ‘I hear you’re the new me,’ and, to others, ‘She’s the imitation me,’ digs that made their way round the cocktail circuit and into print. The soundbites had plausibility ...

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