Reality is Broken

Reality is Broken By Jane McGonigal Reviewed by Julian Hall Independent on Sunday 30 January 2011 Engaging with the argument that gamers are our future feels a bit like a game itself. It’s one in which I pit my wits against the California-based alternative-reality guru and academic Jane McGonigal and her characters, the Super-Empowered HopefulContinue reading “Reality is Broken”

Stephen Fry

Royal Albert Hall, London Reviewed by Julian Hall The Independent Friday, 24 September 2010 A national treasure, a comedy god, the acceptable face of Richard Dawkins; whatever you wish to call Stephen Fry there’s a weight of expectation on his one-man show. Tonight, though the library salon-style set is sumptuous, the performer exhibited more sparkleContinue reading “Stephen Fry”

Bill Clegg: Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man

Reviewed by Julian Hall Independent on Sunday 20th June 2010 Even if you consider many accounts of middle-class drug addiction as tending towards a self-imposed mess, you’d be hard pressed not to be captivated by the prose of Bill Clegg, a fallen angel (now redeemed – not least by this book) of the New YorkContinue reading “Bill Clegg: Portrait of the Addict as a Young Man”

Sex and the City 2: A Barman Writes

Review for Prospect magazine’s blog section, 10th June 2010 “Customers—don’t serve them til you see the whites of their eyes, lads.” These words of wisdom came from a colleague at a bookshop where I used to work part-time, and they rang in my head last week as I faced an army of women, all heels,Continue reading “Sex and the City 2: A Barman Writes”

Africa United: How Football Explains Africa

Reviewed by Julian Hall Independent on Sunday, 6th June 2010 The World Cup beginning in South Africa this week is the icing on the cake of African football’s contribution to the global game. It is a contribution that was heralded so memorably by Roger Milla’s World Cup goal celebration “wiggle” in 1990, after he scoredContinue reading “Africa United: How Football Explains Africa”

Lembit Opik Tries Stand Up

Lembit Opik takes the stage Prospect Magazine, 3rd June 2010 Perhaps Lembit Opik turning from politics to comedy was not such a surprise. After all, this is the man who played cheeky boy to a Cheeky Girl and had a penchant for backing doomed leadership campaigns within his own party, with the effect of NormanContinue reading “Lembit Opik Tries Stand Up”

Joss Whedon, The Independent, 19th May 2009

And they call it Buffy love On the tenth anniversary of Buffy The Vampire Slayer hitting British screens Julian Hall talks to its creator Joss Whedon about the show’s Englishness and its resonance from beyond the grave This year sees the tenth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer first staking its claim toContinue reading “Joss Whedon, The Independent, 19th May 2009”