Sunday, February 22, 2009



If you, like me, fancy a having a go at Art Appreciation 101, I can think of few better places to start than John Berger's fantastic Ways of Seeing.

In a week when the view of Britain from here has tested my powers of disbelief (I'll let respected media outlet Yahoo! News' "Hot Topics" sum this one up: "Jade Goody, Recession, Royal Family, Crime, Knife Crime"), the soothing, Reithian vigour and properness of this landmark BBC television series has been most heartening.

Watch out for British experimental author Eva Figes making an appearance in a truly 1970s roundtable discussion about the female nude in episode two.

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