The Borders Edition
This month Magda Healey poses some fascinating questions at the site of the Apollo at Bassae, as she explores the borders of time and our reaction to them. She is puzzled by the Ephorate of Antiques’ attitude towards ‘restoration’; indeed, she wonders quite what restoration is, which in turn allows her to question the limits of a human understanding of time – as we trip blindfolded into the future, easily forgetting, or redesigning, the past.
Poet and writer Christopher Barnes meets us on the border between image and word, in his eclectic short collection of visual poetry for NLP, ‘Screens’.
Different questions are being asked this month’s film review. A couple of years ago, in an article on writers Pat Neil and Allan Massie, our editor Andrew F Giles introduced their work as being ‘fixated in a constant state of flux’; he revisits this in a new article on Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together (1997) starring Tony Leung and the late Leslie Cheung, alongside French director Olivier Assays’ mesmerising film Irma Vep (1996) starring Maggie Cheung, Jean-Pierre Léaud and Natalie Richard, and Duncan Tucker’s seminal 2005 film Transamerica starring Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers and Fionnula Flanagan. These films and the identities represented within them inhabit borderlands of place and time that reimagine the American dream as viewed by Hollywood.