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Weekly Round-Up: The Balkans, Canons And Cabinet Ministers, Adam Phillips, El Greco, Opera, and Wilde

The Oxonian Review presents the Weekly Round-Up, featuring articles the editorial staff have found interesting, illuminating, or otherwise noteworthy.

1. “Tea Obreht: ‘Lost in the Flood’“, The New Yorker: You may not have heard, but a devastating cyclone has just blown through the Balkans. “Nonchalance toward the floods is only the latest example of Western hand-washing in a steady progression of abandonment and denigration of the Balkans that began in the early nineteen-nineties and continues to this day.”

2. “Alex Niven: ‘Towards a Common Culture: On Literature and the School Syllabus’“, Review 31: Most responses to Michael Gove’s overhaul of the GCSE English syllabus have been tediously predictable. Niven’s is anything but. “For too long, the left has been operating under the facile post-1968 dispensation that radical politics must sympathise culturally with whatever is modern, eclectic and ethically obvious.”

3. “Paul Holdengräber:’The Art of Nonfiction: Adam Phillips’“, The Paris Review: A tremendously thought-provoking interview with the psychoanalyst and writer Adam Phillips. “It is very difficult to surprise oneself in one’s own mind. The vocabulary of one’s self-criticism is so impoverished and clichéd. We are at our most stupid in our self-hatred.”

4. “Ingrid D. Rowland: ‘Irresistible El Greco’“, The New York Review of Books: Rowland considers the extraordinary life and work of El Greco, “a consummate painter of unreality, who never let go of an icon painter’s task of committing heavenly visions to a play of colors distilled from earth.”

5. “Daniel Snowman: ‘A History of Opera’“, Opera Magazine: A weighty new history of opera prompts the question, has opera become a “museum art”?

6. “Stefano Evangelista: ‘Wilde’s world of journalism’“, The Times Literary Supplement: Evangelista reviews a new scholarly edition of Oscar Wilde’s dazzling journalism. “When Wilde was given boring books to review, he did something daring and brilliant with them: he turned them into Oscar Wilde.”
 

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