I must confess that a beautiful poem has always given me pure delight, whereas reading the best speech of a Roman public orator, or of a contemporary parliamentary speaker or preacher, has always been mingled […]

Feb, 25

Five Love Songs

(Hi Dan.) Robyn Hitchcock: Birds in Perspex Muzsikas: Régen volt, soká lesz Laughing Clowns: Eternally Yours Rollerskate Skinny: Speed to My Side Tindersticks: Chilitetime (those to whom it’s relevant know the significance of this one)

Feb, 14

Coetzee on Beckett

This isn’t really connected to the review below, other than that it came from my desire to read some intelligent opinions of Coetzee’s own, which sent me back to his excellent collection Doubling the Point, […]

Feb, 14

J.M. Coetzee: Diary of a Bad Year

This is the third book in a series that began with Elizabeth Costello and continued with Slow Man. These books are fundamentally about being a writer who has won the Nobel Prize. Perhaps Coetzee keeps […]

Feb, 07


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