Things to Come: See, Hear and Read in 2023

by Chris Horner A look forward, and backward, to some ‘cultural stuff’ for the coming year, old and new things worth seeing, hearing or reading. Here we go: Tár.  Unless you have been cut off from all media in the last few months, you probably will have heard of this new movie from Todd Fields.…

Seen and Heard

by Chris Horner A choice of ‘cultural things’ I enjoyed in 2022 and which you might like, too. Some were from well before this year, but discovered by me in ’22.  Novel, non fiction, concert, recording, exhibition. Here we go: Novel: The Odd Women – George Gissing. This is the kind of novel which when…

Darkness Visible

by Christopher Horner Port Sunlight was a model village constricted in the Wirral, in the Liverpool area, by the Lever brothers, and especially under the inspiration of William Lever, later lord Leverhulme. Their fortune was based on the manufacture of soap, and the village was built next to the factory in the  Victorian/Edwardian era, for the…

Attention, Please!

by Chris Horner They all want it: the ‘digital economy’ runs on it, extracting it, buying and selling our attention. We are solicited to click and scroll in order to satisfy fleeting interests, anticipations of brief pleasures, information to retain or forget. Information: streams of data, images, chat: not knowledge, which is something shaped to…

Music for Pleasure

by Chris Horner No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures —Dr Johnson Without music life would be a mistake —Nietzsche Music started for me with whatever was blaring out of the radio, and later those 45 rpm ‘single’ records that were the main vehicles of listening pleasure for teenagers in the late twentieth century.…

Philosophy of Right: Hegel in the 21st Century

by Chris Horner Among the books of the nineteenth century that have something important to say to us now Hegel’s  Elements of the Philosophy of Right  (1820) deserves a prominent place. It’s not the obvious contender for a popular read in the 21st century. He doesn’t make it easy for himself, if getting readers was…

Another World is Coming: Liberals, Socialists and the New Right

by Chris Horner The political world is changing again. In place of the neoliberal politics of the last decades, capitalism and the nation state is undergoing one of its periodic metamorphoses. The period of what Nancy Fraser has called ‘neoliberal progressivism’ – broadly progressive stances by many governments on issues of sexual choice, reproductive rights…

The Guilty and the Responsible

by Chris Horner Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing. – Hannah Arendt. The quotation from Arendt is often thought to apply to the aftermath of the events…