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While on holiday in Bognor…

While on holiday in Bognor…

All men are equal on their holidays: all are free to dream their castles without thought of expense, or skill of architect...

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As Read

As Read

I neither wish to be hated & deified by such as I startle...

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Katey Keogh was a real Dubliner…

Katey Keogh was a real Dubliner…

Katey worked for a time at the Volta Cinema when she was seventeen...

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Contacts

Contacts

Yesterday, while on extended hold with an appliance store, I deleted dead people from my Contacts...

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Italy’s Midsummer Bescheerung by Vernon Lee

Italy’s Midsummer Bescheerung by Vernon Lee

The cool shadow of the fig-trees in the yards, with the whiff of that queer smell, heavy with romance, of wine-saturated oak and crumbling plaster; I know with a little stab of joy that this is Italy...

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Friendship in Fiction

Friendship in Fiction

In philosophical treatments of friendship, it can often be elevated to the highest form of human relationships, even if its perfect form is rare...

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George Orwell on bookshops

George Orwell on bookshops

When I worked in a second-hand bookshop the thing that chiefly struck me was the rarity of really bookish people...

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Thomas Travisano on Elizabeth Bishop

Thomas Travisano on Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop explored Brazil extensively, making trips down the Amazon, traversing the tropical rainforest with Aldous Huxley...

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‘Why was I making so many cups of tea?’

‘Why was I making so many cups of tea?’

It couldn’t possibly be that I was actually missing the ebb and flow of office life, could it?

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(Parentheses are outward-looking); “quotation is inward-looking”

(Parentheses are outward-looking); “quotation is inward-looking”

A parenthetical phrase (like this one) may refer to things outside of it, parts of the sentence it inhabits (say)...

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More than Heavenly Bliss by Andre Gerard

More than Heavenly Bliss by Andre Gerard

Important as the soup is in To the Lighthouse it is never identified, never seen as “beautiful red soup” or “eternal” tomato soup...

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This Tree

This Tree

There is a great tree in Sussex, whose cloud of thin foliage floats high in the summer air...

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If Thoreau Is Not Thoreau

If Thoreau Is Not Thoreau

It is vain to try to write unless you feel strong in the knees...

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Douglas Penick on David Jones

Douglas Penick on David Jones

At the time of the dooms in the third quarter of the Reaper’s Moon, in the island of Britain...

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Booked In

Booked In

There’s something to value about a completely unmediated and uncurated encounter with old books: a chance to access for yourself the raw material of history...

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The YA serial came into its own in the 1980s…

The YA serial came into its own in the 1980s…

If Christopher Pike’s YA novels were sold out at my local Crown Books, I was faced with the choice of either Sweet Valley High or The Baby-Sitters Club...

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Gurped Out

Gurped Out

On any given day, walking around the yard, one was almost certain to hear one prisoner ask another, “Hey, man, got any gurps?” I knew it had something to do with drugs...

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Octavia Butler’s Queer Sci-Fi

Octavia Butler’s Queer Sci-Fi

If there is ever to be a next generation, we need one another, flawed as we are...

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