Art, Literature & Reviews
Denis Joe on THE BLACK BOOK: THE LIFE & CRIMES OF RICHARD ROUSKA, an autobiography that offers important insights into a key punk figure.

The Black Book: The Life & Crimes of Richard Rouska

Denis Joe on THE BLACK BOOK: THE LIFE & CRIMES OF RICHARD ROUSKA, an autobiography that offers important insights into a key punk figure.

John Michael McDonagh's CALVARY (2014) proposes a humanist morality as a defence against nihilism and despair.

The Essence of Goodness

John Michael McDonagh’s CALVARY (2014) proposes a humanist morality as a defence against nihilism and despair.

'The Ruins' is a long short story by Danny Broderick, a regular FIPA contributor. Read an excerpt here.

The Ruins

‘The Ruins’ is a long short story by Danny Broderick, a regular FIPA contributor. Read an excerpt here.

At a recent Leeds Salon discussion, Tiffany Jenkins, Nigel Walsh, Kenneth Hay and Antonia Stowe considered the question of 'what is good art?'

What Is Good Art?

At a recent Leeds Salon discussion, Tiffany Jenkins, Nigel Walsh, Kenneth Hay and Antonia Stowe considered the question of ‘what is good art?’

Paul Thomas reviews 'British Workers & the US Civil War': James Heartfield's pamphlet that tells the little-known story of how Lancashire cotton workers supported the fight against slavery.

British Workers and the US Civil War

Paul Thomas reviews ‘British Workers & the US Civil War’: James Heartfield’s pamphlet that tells the little-known story of how Lancashire cotton workers supported the fight against slavery.

Keith Lauchlan reviews "Surviving Progress", and finds the complex political and economic issues which presently confound modern life are reduced to crude, naturalistic analogies in this short, rambling film.

Surviving Progress: The endless repetition of the Malthusian meme

Keith Lauchlan reviews “Surviving Progress”, and finds the complex political and economic issues which presently confound modern life are reduced to crude, naturalistic analogies in this short, rambling film.

"Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible" is a documentary that tells the largely buried story of a remarkable and courageous woman who lived in an era very different from our own.

Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything Is Possible (DOCUMENTARY)

“Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible” is a documentary that tells the largely buried story of a remarkable and courageous woman who lived in an era very different from our own.

Charles Brickdale reviews David Lewin's attempt to probe the causes of the loss of vision in contemporary society.

Technology and the Philosophy of Religion — David Lewin (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010)

Charles Brickdale reviews David Lewin’s attempt to probe the causes of the loss of vision in contemporary society.

Paul Thomas reviews Adrian Hart's report on the impact of government efforts to prevent racist and homophobic bullying in schools.

The Myth of Racist Kids — Adrian Hart (Manifesto Club, 2009)

Paul Thomas reviews Adrian Hart’s report on the impact of government efforts to prevent racist and homophobic bullying in schools.

Sex & Gender
Writing in praise of...
Charlie Hebdo is a rare exception today. Despite complaints, death threats, and even, in 2011, the firebombing of its offices, the magazine always declined to apologise for its offensiveness.

In praise of… giving offence

Charlie Hebdo is a rare exception today. Despite complaints, death threats, and even, in 2011, the firebombing of its offices, the magazine always declined to apologise for its offensiveness.

Paul Thomas says that while a few may turn their noses up at chain stores, and prefer ‘independent’ shops, there is much to be said in praise of supermarkets.

In praise of… supermarkets

Paul Thomas says that while a few may turn their noses up at chain stores, and prefer ‘independent’ shops, there is much to be said in praise of supermarkets.

Paul Thomas writes in praise of alcohol: a thing to be both savoured and swilled down in great quantities.

In praise of… alcohol

Paul Thomas writes in praise of alcohol: a thing to be both savoured and swilled down in great quantities.

Charles Brickdale writes in praise of the BBC4 Danish crime thriller, The Killing.

In praise of… The Killing

Charles Brickdale writes in praise of the BBC4 Danish crime thriller, The Killing.

Paul Thomas writes in praise of the Libyan people's heroic struggle for freedom against a brutal Western-backed dictator.

In praise of… the Libyan people

Paul Thomas writes in praise of the Libyan people’s heroic struggle for freedom against a brutal Western-backed dictator.

"I'm not a natural ironer. Nor any caper of domestic goddess. But I love beyond measure smooth icy cotton sheets..."

In praise of… clean sheets

“I’m not a natural ironer. Nor any caper of domestic goddess. But I love beyond measure smooth icy cotton sheets…”

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