Articles by Ben Hamilton

September 10, 2013

The Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss by Nick Coleman 0

Nick Coleman, a long-time music journalist in the UK, was made aware of his body’s terrible capriciousness when one of his ears stopped working. It left a dull blankness for a while, and then a building cacophony of tinnitus in both ears so severe that balance and concentration became almost impossible. Burdened with what could have been a ruinous impediment, he reaffirms his love of music.

June 11, 2012

More News from Nowhere: John Lanchester’s Capital 0

Capital is a novel in almost entirely discrete segments and many of the characters never have cause to meet. Their parallel lives are tied together by a subplot that starts with mysterious postcards being found on the doormats of every resident. On one side a picture of their house, on the other an ominous message: “We Want What You Have.”

February 2, 2012

Illicit Pleasures: On Edward St Aubyn’s At Last 3

No one I have read has managed to make the anticipation of a cocaine injection sound as cosy but also as infinitely depressing.

October 4, 2011

The Pure Writer’s Heart: Fante, Father, and Son 4

The calamities of John Fante’s career are well known and threaten to overtake his fiction as the most important element of his life.

April 22, 2011

A Year with Peter Porter 1

Porter had a united vision of the arts, switching in his conversation between literature, music and painting on a whim, but talking about each discipline with equal authority and interest. And then I read his poetry.

November 30, 2010

Things Done Changed: Hip Hop and Literature 18

The juxtaposition of traditional poetry and hip hop is spiky and uncomfortable, to say the least.

October 14, 2010

Getting Serious: Gabriel Josipovici’s What Ever Happened to Modernism? 6

How many authors do we read who really seem to start from scratch every time, to wrench the book from within, ignorant of the market, uninfluenced by the clichés of contemporary literature?