Thursday 11 July 2013

I can still remember the mind-blowing impact, when I was an idealistic 18-year-old, of reading Hannah Arendt's Origins of Totalitarianism; it's still probably the most powerful book that I've ever read. So I'm looking forward to seeing this film later this summer.
On a less high-minded note, one of my shameful TV habits recently has been The White Queen, complete and utter tosh, I know. I notice that Janet McTeer, who plays the Queen's mother, is cast as Hannah Arendt's friend Mary McCarthy. I didn't realise they were friends but there's a interesting Vanity Fair article about McCarthy here in case you missed it.

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