Culture & Conversation

Carnet de 1827 (notebook written by Alfred de Vigny when he came to Maine-Giraud in 1827 after his aunt's death), and letters to his "steward", Philippe Soulet. Townhall of Champagne-Vigny, Charente, France

Becoming a writer

To be a writer, “you have to be willing to be foolish, to take risks,” says writer Alex Ohlin. Thinking about the end product or the challenges would distract you from the business of writing.

Barack Obama, Enrique Peña Nieto and Stephen Harper: the three not-so-much amigos?

NAFTA’s cultural legacy

Is NAFTA bringing us culturally closer to Latin America? Closer to Walmart, yes, but as Spanish departments get decimated, the prognosis on cultural life is not so good according to Blue Met’s panellists.

Joey Vegas at his British Masters title win.

A literary knockout

It began with actor Jocelyn Lagarrigue as a ringside announcer and continued with readings from legendary boxing literature, screenings of the renowned Muhammed Ali versus Joe Frazier bout, and boxing demonstrations with a young man who I’m convinced is the illegitimate child of actor Andy Garcia.

Photo by Robby Reis.

Hard to swallow

Evelyne de la Chenelière and director Davide Chiazzese try to capture some of the rom-com frothy fun, but end up with more than they – or their cast – can chew.

John is Bongile Mantsai and Julie is Hilda Cronje in Mies Julie. The South African-born director Yael Farber sets her adaptation of StrindbergÕs classic Miss Julie in the remote, bleak beauty of the eastern Cape Karoo. Baxter Theatre Centre, South African State Theatre and Assembly.Assembly Hall, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland. UK06/08/2012 © COPYRIGHT PHOTO BY MURDO MACLEODAll Rights ReservedTel + 44 131 669 9659Mobile +44 7831 504 531Email:  m@murdophoto.comSTANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY (press button below or see details at http://www.murdophoto.com/T%26Cs.htmlNo syndication, no redistribution, Murdo Macleods repro fees apply. Commed

This is what great theatre is for

There is an apocryphal story that when Nijinsky came to Paris he desperately wanted to meet Diaghilev. When he finally ran into him at a bistro, Diaghilev told the Russian dancer, “Astonish me.” Nijinsky promptly picked up the fish Diaghilev was eating and slapped the impresario in the face.