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A Fortunate Man

In light of recent events, this passage from John Berger’s A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor, has ...
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Against Prose

“I think art has a right—not an obligation—to be difficult if it wishes. And, since people generally go on from ...
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Australia’s ‘safe’ debate about racism goes viral

Australia's attitudes to race have been spotlighted this week after a YouTube video was posted on a French tourist being ...
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Book Slam with Caitlin Moran and Grace Dent

Excited to announce that the podcast of my performance at Book Slam a couple of months ago is now available ...
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Brief thoughts on Sherwood Anderson

I have found myself reading Sherwood Anderson again – in an eminently pocketable Viking Portable edition containing all of Winesburg, ...
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Ethiopia – My Harar diary

March 26 - exactly one year ago today I flew out of Heathrow to visit Harar in Ethiopia, where The ...
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Everything I Hate

Just finished reading Stoner by John Williams. Written in 1963, it has become a surprise success, enjoying a level of ...
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From ‘The Origins of Totalitarianism’ by Hannah Arendt

'Masses are not held together by a consciousness of common interest and they lack that specific class articulateness which is ...
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Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

If you have been reading Derrida, you will know that a plausible gesture would be to begin with a consideration ...
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Georges Perec at the University of Queensland

I was fascinated to find out recently that the brilliant French writer, Georges Perec, author of books such as Life ...
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Interview with Stephen May

See, the way this works is that Stephen May, the author of TAG and the forthcoming Life! Death! Prizes! (due ...
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John Singer Sargent

Blown away this week by the John Singer Sargent exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. I hadn't expected to be ...
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Lincolnshire Posy

Just spent a delightful couple of days in North Lincolnshire on the trail of Percy Grainger, with my old friend ...
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My Bedside Table #6: Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company

As a chap who has written his own novel (The Coffee Story!) about the coffee trade, it is to my ...
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New Statesman Books of the Year 2011 – Toby Litt picks The Coffee Story

I'm excited that The Coffee Story has been nominated by Toby Litt as his book of the year for 2011! ...
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Novel Cure!

One thing I've always believed about myself is that I'm part of the problem, not part of the solution. So ...
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On Sartre, Freedom, and Stories

Interesting week last week – I was putting together my books based on the words of people from a care ...
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Pasolini in New Humanist

Researching the film Salo for an article in the summer edition of New Humanist (out now!) has sent me back ...
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Pig Earth

‘I have never thought of writing as a profession. It is a solitary, independent activity in which practice can never ...
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Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons

Spent yesterday reading Igor Stravinsky's Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons, based on a series of lectures ...
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