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    Monday, March 25th, 2013
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    The Making of the English Working Class

    is 50 this year, yet it is still widely revered as a canonical work of social historyFifty years ago, an obscure historian working in the extra-mural department at the University of Leeds delivered a manuscript, overdue and over-length, to Victor Gollancz – a publishing house then specialising in socialist and internationalist non-fiction. No one could have foreseen

    the book's reception.
    EP Thompson's The Making of the English Working Class became a runaway commercial and critical success. The demand for this 800-page doorstop was nothing short

    of remarkable. In 1968, Pelican Books bought the rights to The Making and published a revised version as the 1,000th book on their list.
    In less than a decade, it had gone through a further five reprints. Fifty years on, it is still in print, widely revered as a canonical work of social history.It
    was not Thompson's first book. A history

    of William Morris had appeared in 1955, and had been met with the indifference that is the fate of most academic monographs.
    After The Making came Whigs & Hunters, a book on the Black Acts – the notorious Georgian legislation that criminalised not only the killing of deer, but also any suspicious activity that might hint at

    the intention to kill deer. This was followed by a series of colourful essays on diverse themes, including time and industrial capitalism, food riots, and wife sales (yes, in the 18th century men really did take their wives to market and "sell" them). Time and again, Thompson proved himself capable of taking on new topics and revisiting old ones in new ways, creating a body of work that was original and hugely influential.And yet Thompson was never a conventional historian. His many years at Leeds were spent

    not in the history department, but in adult education.
    His tenure at the newly created University of Warwick was brief: he resigned just six years after taking up the post, disgusted at the commercial turn it was taking.
    Ever the man of letters, his resignation was accompanied by a lengthy pamphlet outlining his intellectual objections. The rest of his life was devoted to a range of political causes. Thompson was an active member of the Communist party in the 40s and 50s, and founder of the Communist Party Historians Group in 1946.

    He was part of the mass exodus from the party in the 1950s following the Soviet invasion of Hungary, but remained closely allied with a range of leftwing movements. By the end of the 1970s, Thompson was playing a key role, as both tireless organiser and intellectual figurehead, in the nascent peace movement, a cause to which he remained devoted until his death in 1993. It was a life of activism no less than of scholarship.But towering above it all remains The Making, with its preface so memorably declaring the book's intention "to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the 'obsolete' hand-loom weaver, the 'Utopian' artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity". The book's mythic status should not distract us from the raw originality of the work.
    In 1963, weavers and artisans were not the stuff of history books. Pioneering social historians had been studying working people since the early 20th century, but the focus remained squarely on the tangible, the measurable, the "significant" – wages, living conditions, unions, strikes, Chartists. Thompson touched on the trade unions and the real wage, of

    course, but most of his book was devoted to something that he referred to as "experience". Through a patient and extensive examination of local as well as national archives, Thompson had uncovered details about workshop customs and rituals, failed conspiracies, threatening letters, popular songs, and union club cards.
    He took

    what others had regarded as scraps from the archive and interrogated them for what they told us about the beliefs and aims of those who were not on the winning side. Here, then, was a book that rambled over aspects of human experience that had never before had their historian. And the timing of its appearance could scarcely have been more fortunate.
    The 1960s saw unprecedented upheaval and expansion in the university sector, with the creation of new universities filled with lecturers and students whose families had not traditionally had access to the privileged world of higher education. Little wonder, then, that so many felt

    a natural affinity with Thompson's outsiders and underdogs.And there was something more. Running through The Making

    was a searing anger about economic exploitation and a robust commentary on his capitalist times. Thompson rejected

    the notion that capitalism was inherently superior to

    the alternative model

    of economic organisation it replaced. He refused

    to accept that artisans

    had become obsolete, or that their distress was a painful but

    necessary adjustment to the market economy. It was an argument that resonated widely in the 1960s, when Marxist intellectuals could still believe that a realistic alternative to capitalism

    existed, could still argue that "true" Marxism hadn't been tried properly.Appearing in the heyday of Marxist scholarship, The Making's political framework lay at the heart of the book's success. Perhaps its greatest achievement, however, is how it has managed to weather Marxism's subsequent fall from

    academic grace.
    By the 1980s, Marxist

    history no longer held a significant place

    in academic

    history departments.
    It has been on the defensive ever since. Surveying the literary spat between

    Thompson and the Polish philosopher, Leszek Kołakowski – who, after years of living under Communism, had had the temerity to desert the Marxist banner – Tony Judt observed: "No one who reads it will ever take EP

    Thompson seriously

    again." And yet we do still take Thompson seriously.
    More than any of his books, The Making continues to delight and inspire new readers. Of course, Thompson's scholarship was partial and driven by his politics. But

    the originality, vigour and iconoclasm of his book make certain that it will endure.•
    Emma Griffin's Liberty's Dawn: A People's History of the Industrial Revolution will be published by Yale later this month.• This article was amended on 6 March 2013.
    The original said Stalin invaded Hungary. This has been corrected.SocietyHistoryPoliticsSocial ©


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    Saci gives us her 'list of political books that may or may not be political but that are definitely bursting with righteous indignation'People call me a political writer, but I try not to let it bother me.
    The truth is I'm probably more interested in ideas than I am in

    something that can be as narrowly defined as politics, and I've always been drawn to authors who use humour to poke fun at the status quo. Looking over my top ten political books for teenagers, I find the list pretty

    People seldom stop to think over their influences, and list them from one to ten and I would advise you to give it a go. Generally, of course, I prefer to keep the little squeaky wheel that drives my creative processes locked away in the dark. Treat it mean and keep it keen is my motto. However, when I look at this list, I see a pattern of lifelong interest in telling the truth and being funny about

    it – and it makes me realise how much of a debt I owe these great writers.So here, in no particular order, is my list of political books that may or may not be political but that are definitely bursting with righteous indignation and great ideas. Enjoy.1.
    The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams'Only six people in the Galaxy knew that the job of the Galactic President was not to wield power but to attract attention away from it.
    Zaphod Beeblebrox was amazingly good at his job.'Douglas Adam's series is littered with observations like this. A very seditious book indeed, all the more dangerous for the author's cunning skill in masking his

    intentions with humour and an incredible cast of wild and wonderful characters.2. The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Wil CuppyAfter working on research for this book for 16 years, author Will Cuppy upped and died just before publication, which was a very Will Cuppy thing to do. One of America's great humorists, he exquisitely skewers every single important political figure he can get his hands on.
    Example: 'All modern men are descended from wormlike

    creatures, but it shows more on some people.'
    next four choices are more serious in case you thought I was being too lightweight, too Lib Dem...3.
    Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.Isaac
    Asimov was inspired by Edward Gibbon's

    History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – and by contemporary

    global politics – to create his own political epic. The result was The Foundation Trilogy, a stunning science fiction work that raises profound questions, such as why do empires rise and fall? How is society best run? My sister gave the series to me one Christmas and I can clearly remember having the best holidays ever as I devoured Asimov's words.4. Guantanamo Boy by Anna PereraA really brave book that came out in the height of the Twilight and general vampire fantasy mania, which makes its brutal portrayal of how a real boy in a real prison of war camp is broken down by real soldiers all the more stark. I love it for the passion of Perera's writing. A wonderful

    way to bring the 'War on Terror' home to the younger generation.5.
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman AlexieLeaving the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white high school, Junior struggles to escape his destiny back on the reservation.
    This novel is a lovely example of how to write a political book without looking like you're trying too hard.
    Alexei's style is never didactic, nor harsh, relying instead on strong and believable

    characters that change your worldview as they transform theirs.6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeI've got to put this

    one in, although it seems to make every top ten ever written.
    An exploration of racial tensions in the deep South through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch.
    As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about

    the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.If
    this book doesn't make you sizzle, I don't know what will.
    I'm still sizzling now and it's a Sunday afternoon thirty years after I first read it.And
    now back to funny… some clever, some ha ha.7.
    Whoops! by John LanchesterThis is a witty and accessible overview of the economic crisis. A must-read for any young sprats wondering how their economic futures got washed down the drain.8. Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe book begins with this note: Persons attempting to find a motive in this

    narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find

    a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.By order of the AuthorNice try, Mr.
    Clemens. The story is, of course,

    a passionate defense of human rights, but it's brilliance, like Part Time Indian, is that it doesn't preach. No one is ever, ever allowed to rear up on their hind legs to deliver a heartbreaking monologue about the evils of slavery or racism. Twain simply can't spare


    space, he's too busy trying to cram as much fun as he can into every paragraph.9. 1066 and All That by W. C Sellar and R. J YeatmanTest paper II:How would you dispose of:A) A Papal Bull?B) Your nephews?C) Your mother? (Be brutal.)1066 is a little dated now, but it's still very funny.
    Really exposes how dull and pointless adults manage to make the teaching of history and politics to the younger generation.
    No wonder people say kids aren't interested.And for my final choice, a little George Orwell, but maybe not the one you

    were expecting…10.
    Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell'You have talked so often of going to the

    dogs - and well, here are the dogs, and you have reached them.'Forget
    Animal Farm, which I honestly think no adult ever enjoyed as a child (I'm never getting over Boxer).
    George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time living among the desperately

    poor and

    destitute, Down and Out is a really moving and often darkly comic tour of the underworld of society – and I feel is the most warm, the

    most human of Orwell's books.Teen booksChildren and teenagersGeorge OrwellHarper © 2013

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    He's likely to do so again with this play

    based on the private weekly audience given by the monarch to the prime minister. But I'd say that in both cases, PM owes a great deal to HM: in other words, Helen Mirren, who once again gives a faultless performance that transcends mere impersonation to endow the monarch with a sense of

    inner life and a quasi-Shakespearean aura of solitude.As a dramatist, however, Morgan faces two problems. One is that no one ever knows what is said at these weekly tête-à-têtes since they are un-minuted. The other, more serious, is that in a constitutional monarchy, the Queen has no authority to contradict policy:

    simply, in the words of Walter Bagehot in the 19th century, "to be consulted, to advise and to warn", which would seem to rule out dramatic conflict.
    I'd say that Morgan counters these problems with varying degrees of success.In
    a play that zigzags back and forth over 60 years and shows eight of the 12 prime ministers the Queen has dealt with (though not Tony Blair), Morgan is obviously free to speculate about what was said. He does this entertainingly enough, showing the Queen often acting as a surrogate shrink to her harassed ministers:

    she offers a hanky to a tearful John Major (a very funny Paul Ritter) and counsels sleep and rest to a paranoid Gordon Brown (a highly plausible Nathaniel Parker).But Morgan's right to exercise dramatic licence goes way over the top in his portrait of Harold Wilson. This is no fault of Richard McCabe, who plays Wilson with a nice pawky humour.
    But I cannot believe that Wilson, the most calculating of politicians and an Oxford don before he acquired power, would

    ever have breezed into Buckingham Palace posing as a working-class "ruffian"; and, however chummy he later became, I find it unlikely that he would have cheeked

    the Queen about her Germanic origins, saying that at Balmoral, instead of the bagpipes, "you should have someone playing the accordion in lederhosen".The
    more serious question, however, is how you inject conflict into a situation that, constitutionally, precludes it. Morgan does this in artful ways by showing the Queen using her position to speak truth to power.
    In 1952, as a nervous young monarch, she stands up to an ageing Churchill (Edward Fox, gallantly taking over the role at short notice).
    And in 1956 she smokes out the pretence of Anthony Eden

    (an excellently twitchy Michael Elwyn) that our invasion of Suez was a response to Israeli aggression rather than the result of military and diplomatic collusion.But, in demonstrating the Queen's practical wisdom, Morgan limits the scope for conflict; and only twice, in a perky panorama of political history, did I feel the dramatic temperature rise. Once was in the 1992 scene when John Major relays Princess Diana's scathing views about the monarchy and puts the Queen on the back foot by questioning royal expenditure. The other was the moment when Mrs Thatcher (Haydn Gwynne in a tearing temper) storms into

    the palace to attack, with some justice, leaks over royal dislike of her policies. But the virtue of this scene is that it leads to the one serious political debate over Thatcher's determined refusal to apply sanctions to South Africa.However

    hard Morgan tries, the evening can't help but seem like a series of


    sketches: a kind of "1956 And All That". What holds it together is Stephen Daldry's adroit production and Helen Mirren's luminous performance, which, even in a non-linear script, pins down the Queen's steady growth in confidence and authority. Daldry has had the witty idea of allowing many of the costume changes to take place on stage so that we see Mirren, like an upmarket Gypsy Rose Lee, shedding her layers of costume: in a trice she moves from being Major's solid, elderly comforter to the lissom newcomer coping with a patronising Churchill 40 years earlier.But Mirren also captures the Queen's mix of the extraordinary and the ordinary. Like HMQ in Alan Bennett's A Question of Attribution, she has the capacity to see through all forms of pretence. And, in her dialogues with her

    younger self, she conveys the sense of entrapment and loneliness that co-exists with a life of royal privilege. I have a theory that all plays about monarchy, from Shakespeare's Henry V to Howard Brenton's 55 Days,

    end up as studies of solitude. That's exactly what happens here. But if Morgan's speculative and essentially static high-class political gossip – what you might call Pepys behind the scenes – acquires emotional resonance,

    it is largely thanks to

    the naturally majestic Mirren. Until 15 June. Box Office: 0844 4825130Rating: 3/5TheatreHelen MirrenMonarchyMichael © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies.
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    apologized to the researchers arrayed before

    him: “To anyone who is a scientist, all I can say is, ‘I’m sorry!’” Humbled by the research he observed at the lab, he added, “I’ve never felt dumber than I do now.”Asked about the secrecy that often surrounds his projects, Abrams explained, “It’s not a ploy, or being coy.”
    Rather, he said,

    it stems from his feelings, as a moviegoer and TV viewer, that too much advance discussion of movies or shows can really detract from the enjoyment.

    “We do it to make the experience better for viewers,” he said.Open
    viewsAbrams said that in some ways, the building that houses his production company, Bad Robot, resembles the Media Lab,

    where open, glass-walled labs allow a view of what everyone else is working on.
    At Bad Robot, he said, teams also work in glass-walled spaces to encourage a spirit of sharing and collaboration. “It is eerily similar, in some respects,” he said.To
    encourage creativity, even the waiting rooms

    at Bad Robot have tables

    covered with paper and

    markers, instead of piles of old magazines.
    “It’s not a place to read, it’s a place to create,” he said.One example of letting the story take off in unexpected directions, Abrams said, was in the making of “Lost,” where Ben Linus was initially written as a one-episode character. But Abrams’ co-creator, Damon Lindeloff, “realized this guy is a much more important character,” and he ended up becoming quite central to the last few years of the series. By sticking to the plan, Abrams said, the story would have been much less interesting. Sometimes, he said, someone who becomes your favorite character “was just a brushstroke in the script.”But sometimes things go in the other direction, he said: Someone who was supposed to be a


    character “for whatever reason, isn’t doing what you expected.” In the original storyline, “you knew that the end of the season was going to be a big reveal for that character.” But if things aren’t working out, he said with a shrug, “you realize you’ve got to kill him.”In
    fact, Abrams said, he feels “there’s nothing worse than going into a meeting where you expect things to go a certain way, and having it go that way.”Evolving
    things“When you’re driving in the fog, you know where you’re going, but suddenly you realize

    there’s a giant

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    said that in general, he doesn’t think the medium — whether a program is viewed on a television or a laptop — makes much difference. It’s the storytelling that matters, he said.But, he added, there are some important differences. “I’m excited about doing things for cable,” a medium that averts the limitations imposed by commercial breaks. Because of the need to

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    of a rising tide of technological developments — such as the introduction of personal computers and the musical lingua franca MIDI — FM synthesis helped deliver digital music from the laboratory to the

    masses. The early dream of computer music The prelude to Chowning's work was the research of scientists such as Jean-Claude Risset and Max Mathews at AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1950s and '60s.
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    of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab, "was the first to look at the computer as a medium on its own." But both the unwieldy, expensive

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    could begin to sculpt the mechanical bleeps and bloops into something of musical value. Frequency modulation played a big part. Manipulating the frequency unlocked the secrets of timbre, that most mysterious of sonic qualities. In reproducing timbre — the distinctive soul of a note — Chowning was like a puppeteer bringing his marionette to life. The effects of FM synthesis conveyed "a very human kind of irregularity," Machover says.
    The future of music Today, the various — and often unexpected — applications of FM synthesis are omnipresent, integrated so completely into everyday life that we often take them for granted– a ringing cellphone, for instance. Yet while digital technologies became more and more pervasive, Chowning's hearing began to worsen and he slowly withdrew

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    Now, thanks to a new hearing aid, Chowning is back on the scene. The event at MIT on Thursday — titled "Sound Synthesis and Perception: Composing from the Inside Out" — marked the East Coast premiere of his new piece Voices featuring his

    wife, the soprano Maureen Chowning, and an interactive computer using the programming language MaxMSP. Chowning sees the piece as a kind of rebuttal to those who once doubted the "anachronistic humanists" who feared the numbing encroachments of the computer. In Voices, he says, the "seemingly inhuman machine is being used to accompany the most human of all instruments, the singing voice."
    The piece also sums up a lifetime of Chowning's musical

    preoccupations, his innovations in our understanding of sound and its perception, and the far-reaching aesthetic possibilities in the dialogues between man and machine. At MIT, Chowning enjoyed meeting the next generation of scientists, programmers and composers, glimpsing into the future of music. "The machinery is no longer the limit," he announced to the crowd. Indeed, MIT has its own rich history of innovation in the field, as embodied by figures such as Professor Emeritus Barry Vercoe, who pioneered the creation of synthetic music at the Experimental Music Studio in

    the 1970s before going on to head the Media Lab's Music, Mind, and Machine group. "MIT is in many ways a unique institution," Chowning says, where, "cutting edge technology interacts with highly developed artistic sensibilities." In the Media Lab, Chowning saw the dreams of his generation pushed forward.
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