Saturday, March 17, 2012

bloomsbury in pop culture produced now about then

In Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach (Vintage, 2008: 40), one of the two protagonists - while a history student at UCL in the early '60s - thinks: 

Social change never proceeds at an even pace. There were rumours that in the English department, and along the road at SOAS and down Kingsway at the LSE, men and women in tight black jeans and black polo-neck sweaters had constant easy sex, without having to meet each other's parents. 

In the first episode of White Heat (BBC 2, now), all the scenes featuring student unrest later in that decade seem to have been shot in the space in front of Senate House, between Birkbeck and SOAS.

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