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Waiting for the Meltdown (Fin de Siècle)

Fin de Siècle was released in 1998, a year after the stripped-down, quasi-live Short Album About Love, but it doesn’t follow it stylistically. No: this is a proper Divine Comedy album, with the brand of maximalist orchestral-pop excess that the hat-trick … Continue reading

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To Destroy the Tempest (Thunderchild)

The best adaptations understand that The War of the Worlds is a two-part story. Book One, “The Coming of the Martians”, covers the first days of the invasion, with humanity still active and resistant; while Book Two, “The Earth Under … Continue reading

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Teletubby Teleology

Leading Teletubbies theorist Adam Roberts, in his 2011 essay “Time for Teletubbies: Radical Utopian Fiction”, has some interesting things to say about Teletubbyland. After establishing some evident-yet-unspoken basics, such as the fact that the Teletubbies are cyborgs and the show … Continue reading

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To the Flying Machine (Oxford Is Taken)

The first two-level “arc”, for want of a better word, comes as a significant change of pace for The War of the Worlds. Where level five had us defending Oxford and eventually destroying the Martian base in the field to … Continue reading

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We Shall Not Be Tethered (A Short Album About Love)

On 20th October, 1996, The Divine Comedy performed with the Brunel Ensemble at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. The previous day, during rehearsals for the gig, they recorded an entire album. The result, A Short Album About Love, consists of … Continue reading

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Night of the Cephalanthrope

“Fanfiction is valid,” he says. “It’s just another form of storytelling. Just because it doesn’t fit into the bullshit bourgeois framework of copyright law doesn’t mean it’s worthless.” The evening air is cool and damp, and the woods are growing … Continue reading

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The Road Will Turn to Gold (Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire)

What is the greatest film ever made? Most of the class stare silently into the middle distance. Some students text; others scrawl malformed nothings on their desks. Still, a few hands are raised. Citizen Kane (1941), recites an obedient scholar … Continue reading

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