Like all right thinking people, Ben and I listen to Radio 4 when we are in the car on a longish road trip (there only being so much Showaddywaddy a man can take). As we were driving back from West Dean yesterday there was an episode of Open Book about Ulysses, by James Joyce, which was first published in full a hundred years ago.
Apparently there is a school of thought that suggests 1922 was an artistic annus mirabilis; the year that changed everything. After the Joyce show there was a plug for 1922: The Birth of Now: Matthew Sweet investigates objects and events from 1922, the crucial year for modernism, that have an impact today.
Crikey! Kicks off next Monday and runs five days a week for a fortnight at a quarter to two in the afternoon.
- The Shabolovka Tower and the Gherkin
- The Criterion, which published The Waste Land
- The True Story of Ah Q, by Lu Xun
- Bertolt Brecht's play Drums in the Night
- Louis Armstrong leaves New Orleans for Chicago
- The Discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, and Egyptomania
- Nosferatu and Modernist Horror
- Hōshō, the First Aircraft Carrier, and HMS Queen Elizabeth 11
- Pirandello's Henry IV and the Idea of Truth
- Einstein, relativity, time, and indigenous Australian modernism
One cannot help but admire the chutzpah; each episode being a mere quarter of an hour long.