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Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

Orwell’s Perfect Boozer

My favourite public-house, the Moon Under Water, is only two minutes from a bus stop, but it is on a side-street...

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Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Susan Daitch on Natan Mendelson, Jef de Wulf and Mazarin

Where do you put that memory as you sit in a café in Dizengoff Street, when it taps you on the shoulder and asks if this seat is taken?

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Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

Wit, Sarcasm, Satire

The Dud Avocado follows the period young Sally Gorce chooses an expat existence in Paris over college...

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Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

Chawles and the Cormorants by A. Conan Doyle, M.B., C.M.

With these impedimenta carefully corded up in a strong deal box I felt myself equal to any photographic emergency...

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Literature Direct Publishing

Literature Direct Publishing

Unlike the ancient Odyssey or the modernist Ulysses, the epic work that is Amazon delivers immediate gratification to all customers...

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Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

Le Carré was not part of the literary bureaucracy…

John le Carré became a diligent student of nineteenth-century German literature. He was recruited by the British Secret Intelligence Service while at Oxford...

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Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

Andre Gerard’s Sleuthing Delights

The biggest delight of my Conan Doyle sleuthing may well be a false clue, even if the facts are not in doubt...

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Awash With Forgeries

Awash With Forgeries

The art work in fiction is less likely to be the basis for some epiphany than to be a MacGuffin...

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Baudelaire’s Flowers

Baudelaire’s Flowers

Paris wasn’t then what it is now...

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“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

To experience a version of the cool exhilaration of a mid-twentieth-century American jazz night, one might start by listening to an iconic Miles Davis recording...

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Arturo Desimone: Fascism, Futurism, Filippo

Arturo Desimone: Fascism, Futurism, Filippo

Did Marinetti's visit to Argentina contribute to the spread of Fascism?

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La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

La Fontaine’s Fable by Douglas Penick

It is the Donkey’s acceptance and internalisation of the judgement from on high that is so shockingly modern as it prefigures the mentality of victims in witch hunts, show trials, struggle sessions and other kinds of brain washing...

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Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

Out of Sebald’s Sequence by Greg Gerke

It seems there are some writers who teach you how to write and there are others who teach you what to write about...

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Infinite Edits

Infinite Edits

Michael Pietsch and David Foster Wallace’s collaboration on Infinite Jest highlights the intervenient role of the editor as the mediator between the author and the reader, or the author and the publisher...

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Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

Joe Linker on Eli S. Evans

We find ourselves in New Hampshire, or Mexico, driving about, or at home, and writing and thinking ahead...

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Now to be Humorous

Now to be Humorous

I don’t catch Phillis Wheatley’s joke at first...

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Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Andre Gerard on Thomas Love Peacock

Who knew that William Bankes was an amateur of Thomas Love Peacock! Perhaps I should have...

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Agent News

Agent News

I’d pounce on the British music newspapers, the NME and Melody Maker...

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