Picks of the week
Stephen Fry’s Edwardian Secrets
Stephen Fry begins his new podcast collection – the follow-up, naturally, to his Victorian Secrets – by presenting the well-worn tropes of the Edwardian period, as recounted to him by historians: it was a halcyon period, a prewar time of backyard events at nation homes, presided over by the hedonistic Edward VII. But simply what else was occurring between 1901 and 1914? From the lives of black Edwardians and the suffragettes, to sexual revolution and the progress of labour actions, Fry’s podcast is a elegant take a look at the interval, held along with skilled evaluation. Hannah J Davies
More chilly case creepiness in Parcast/Noisier’s newest true crime collection, which recounts the most heinous offences that perpetrators have confessed to late in life. Its first three episodes give attention to the dying of Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor, fatally wounded at his Los Angeles dwelling in 1922, earlier than shifting on to Ottis Toole, a convicted killer who confessed to the homicide of a six-year-old earlier than his dying in a Florida jail in 1996. Grim and grotesque, whereas additionally curiously sterile, it eschews bells and whistles for a spare method. HJD
Chosen by Charlie Phillips
It nearly feels redundant to advocate Have You Heard George’s Podcast? on condition that it has received each award on the market, together with a Peabody. There can’t be many individuals on the market who don’t suppose George the Poet is a bit of a genius. Yet I’m doing it anyway, as a result of the new third collection is even higher than the first two, protecting love, superstar, dancehall, Jay-Z, and every little thing in between.
George doesn’t actually do easy themes – these are simply beginning factors from which to leap off into black historical past and tradition, though that feels reductive as a result of what he does is so common. His exhibits converse to anybody who has tried to create, anybody who has negotiated their relationship with household, anybody who has felt love.
Is the present poetry? Partly, though you don’t at all times realise it’s been a poem till George strikes into prose storytelling, so delicate are his modifications in register. You additionally don’t at all times know what’s autobiography and what’s fiction, one thing he does notably nicely this season in Flying the Flag – an trustworthy account of his personal frustrations with viewers expectations, but in addition a meta-narrative about the perils of the artistic course of.
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