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Chief Arts Writer — Guardian

Chief culture writer, the Guardian; classicist. THIS NEW NOISE, a book on the BBC, is out on 18 June. UNDER ANOTHER SKY, a book about Roman Britain, is out now.

Kill and counter-kill: why does the Oresteia still slay them? — This week, the actor Lia Williams visited a butcher's shop. There, she learned how to stab a knife through live flesh and ribs: to feel in her arm and hand what it is to cut through a body, through its sinew and muscle and bone, to the death.

Hello selfie stick, goodbye chin(s) — It's always interesting to see what the street vendors of Venice happen to be selling in any one year. Always, it's fold-up brollies when the rain comes. At night, for a few years now, it's been curious objects that one can fling into the air and return to earth in a shower of fluorescent light (very annoying they are, too).

Why do we want this to be Shakespeare’s ‘true portrait’ so much? — What's in a face? It was claimed this week that a portrait of Shakespeare made during his lifetime has been discovered hiding in plain sight, on the frontispiece of John Gerard's book The Herball.

We love W1A. But, dear BBC, is it wise to lay bare your foibles so mercilessly? — It was with joy that a month ago I settled down to watch the second series of W1A, John Morton's painfully brilliant comedy about the internal workings of the BBC: shown, needless to say, on the BBC. I spent 2013-14 researching the corporation, spending more time inside Broadcasting House than in the Guardian's own offices.

Parthenon marbles are miracles of sculpture symbolic of Greek nationhood — Some of the Parthenon marbles, usually housed in their own gallery in the British Museum, are at the moment playing a starring role in an exhibition, Defining Beauty, at the same institution. Removed from their familiar surroundings and placed among other masterpieces of antique statuary, it is possible to see them afresh.

Artist draws controversy turning church into Venice's first mosque — In a tranquil corner of Venice's Cannaregio district stands a handsome church with an icing sugar white baroque facade. Its origins stretch back to the 10th century, but the last mass was celebrated here in 1967, since when, deconsecrated and in private hands, it has stood silent and unused.

I’m Charlotte Elizabeth Higgins - just call me HRH, matey — My eye snagged on a Guardian headline on the website the other day. Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, it began. In my somewhat befuddled state I instinctively felt that this should have read Charlotte Elizabeth Higgins, for this is what I am called.

Das Kapital at the Arsenale: how Okwui Enwezor invited Marx to the Biennale — At the last Venice Biennale in 2013, the artist Jeremy Deller represented the UK. He emblazoned one of the walls of the British pavilion with a mural of a colossal William Morris rising up, kraken-like, from the Venetian lagoon and sinking a millionnaire's super-yacht.

Sarah Lucas: ‘I have several penises, actually’ — Bawdy, boozy British artist Sarah Lucas has settled into a new life of tea, pyjamas and non-stop plastercasting of genitalia. She tells Charlotte Higgins about the pressure of representing her country at Venice Biennale - and why if she hadn't quit her hard-partying YBA life she wouldn't be around today

‘No one’s told me off about the fannies yet’: Sarah Lucas at the Venice Biennale — Sarah Lucas - the YBA who, as a young woman, photographed herself with a pair of fried eggs slapped on her breasts - has turned down a Turner prize nomination twice; she has, in her time, been better known for rabble-rousing in the Groucho club than being officially clubbable.
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May 22, 2015

New article: Kill and counter-kill: why does the Oresteia still slay them?

May 22, 2015

RT @stuartmillar159: Huge congrats to @martinchulov on his Orwell prize win. Proper recognition of his fearless, ahead of the curve, bullshit-free reporting

May 21, 2015

New article: Hello selfie stick, goodbye chin(s) | Charlotte Higgins

May 21, 2015

@PhilipPullman @houghhough Yes well Philip (clears throat): lovely idea. I'm veering Morris-wards, I must say...

May 21, 2015

RT @rogueclassicist: Bad News for Latin in the US, worse for Greek » Perseus Digital Library Updates…

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