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David Aaronovitch

Contributors

David Aaronovitch is a writer and broadcaster on culture, international affairs, politics and the media. He is author of Paddling to Jerusalem and Voodoo Histories.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2016

Party Animals - My Family and Other Communists

Celebrated journalist David Aaronovitch discusses his early life amongst communists in Britain with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

In conversation with psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz, award-winning journalist David Aaronovitch describes how writing Party Animals: Growing Up Communist, his memoir of early life amongst communists in Britain, led him to re-examine his own memories, uncovering the unspoken shame and fears that provided the unconscious background to his own existence as a party animal.

2015

John Lahr talks to David Aaronovitch about the turbulent life of Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century.

 

 

 

Monday, 23 February 2015

John Lahr wasThe New Yorker 's renowned chief drama critic for over 20 years and is now a regular contributor. His masterly biography of Tennessee Williams reveals a public persona and turbulent private life as riveting as any of the unforgettable characters that Williams created. John Lahr will be discussing with David Aaronovitch the inner dramas that generated some of the finest plays of the twentieth century.

2010

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

David Aaronovitch has always been fascinated by the absurdity of conspiracy theories, from allegations that the moon landings were fake, to the attribution of the 2004 tsunami to Israeli nuclear tests. We seem unable to accept that some events might just be accidental or that authorities may not be systematically corrupt. Jews have all too often been assigned responsibility for the worst offences, from those alleged in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to 9/11.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

A Purim Spiel, with a contemporary twist, bringing a little bit of Persia to Bloomsbury, with a backbeat of Iranian rhythms and all hosted by our favourite modern-day Sheherazade, David Schneider. Unmasking the Book of Esther we revealed the story behind the story of Purim, hatching all-new conspiracy theories and, in the spirit of the festival, blurring boundaries between good and evil, sacred and profane. Bringing the world of inversions, masks and hidden meanings to life was our all-star cast:.  

2005

Sunday, 6 March 2005

One of the most pernicious antisemitic texts of the 20th century, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a Tsarist forgery purporting to show a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. 

A template for all the anti-Jewish conspiracy theories that followed, 100 years after its publication it has been serialised on Egyptian television, sold in Japanese bookstores and re-created in the accusation that Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks. 

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Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.