What is the difference between a review and an article. Well – to be concise – an article allows me to write what I want without needing to be concise. It allows more freedom; I don’t need to judge or assess, only to analyse. This makes them freer and (if I’m being honest) much more self-indulgent. They won’t always have a connection with a recent film or TV series; sometimes they will be outrageously pedantic, snuffling through cultural mud looking for truffles of interest. Sometimes they will be well written – sometimes they’ll contain extended metaphors as tortuous as the one in the last sentence.
Frequently they may reference that touchstone of all art and literature - Doctor Who – so I apologise in advance and promise to try and restrain myself.
And why articles instead of features? Partially pretention – articles smack of academia whereas features suggests glossy magazines and Sunday supplements. I’m aiming to hit halfway – academic without the academic rigour - glossy without the shallowness. So I want to hybridise articles and features into a new form – ‘farticles’. This new title has, unfortunately, been vetoed by those close to me – so articles it is.