Loretta Barnard

Lady Chatterley’s censor: The man’s continued push to save us from ourselves

Almost 60 years ago, Lady Chatterley's lover brought sex and lust into the courtroom and changed the way we thought about censoring literature.

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Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is a freelance writer and editor who, in a long career, has done almost everything possible in the book publishing industry. These days she actively pursues her love of music, literature and theatre, and is something of a wannabe roving ambassador for the creative and performing arts.

The Shape of Water: A modern love story that speaks volumes

Returning to what he knows, Guillermo del Toro toes the pool of romantic kink in ‘The Shape of Water’ a rippling reminder how the tide of love crosses the expanse of species.

In praise of America’s foremost antagonist, Aaron Sorkin

As America tumbles ever closer to the pit, Aaron Sorkin is one of the few that can accurately chart the detritus and find hope in it.

All in a day’s work: Five circadian novels you should know about

A circadian novel is one that follows their characters over a 24-hour period. It’s tough to produce, but when done correctly, the results are spectacular.

They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us: Hanif Abdurraqib’s on point social commentary of a fractured, hopeful America

America is a country fast reaching divisive apathy, however, Hanif Abdurraqib points to another way to heal, as they have before, through the power of music.

The brilliant and painstaking art of stop-motion moviemaking

Stop-motion filmmaking is an ornate, highly skilled medium that is fast being consigned to history’s bin. It’s best we pay homage to the true masters.

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