The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
LIKE I say, I get around. Sometimes, though, I even surprise myself.
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
This is a love story in which a young girl, looking to change her life, falls in love with a young acrobat and immerses herself in his world.
It's told by one of the world's most famous circuses and there was a time when Cirque du Soleil had an element of surprise as it travelled around the globe, astonishing audiences.
But now it has become an international brand and as it develops its marketing strategy more and more, so it's losing the artistic spontaneity of its origins.
This film goes in the latter direction, as it observes the motions of its artists as if they were insects under a a microscope.
Another US multi-brand product which its producers no doubt hope will be a cash cow.
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