‘UK’ Category

  1. A compassionate behemoth

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    November 4, 2016 by AK

    William Davies writes in the London Review of Books: Home secretaries see the world in Hobbesian terms, as a dangerous and frightening place, in which vulnerable people are robbed, murdered and blown up, and these things happen because the state has failed them. What’s worse, lawyers and Guardian readers – who are rarely the victims of …
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  2. From plaster to plastic

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    October 20, 2016 by AK

    Himadri, the Argumentative Old Git, is unsurprisingly critical of BBC presenter Jenni Murray’s proposal that children be taught about pornography to inoculate them against its harmful effects. Somewhere along the way, Dame Jenni suggests that porn could be analyzed like, say, Jane Austin’s novels. That’s not exactly one of my research interests, but I can’t help sharing this: …
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  3. Echoes of Chamisso

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    October 15, 2016 by AK

    Two poems by D. H. Lawrence, Bitterness of Death (1916) and A Woman and Her Dead Husband (1917), begin the same, except for a comma: Ah, stern, cold man, How can you lie so relentless hard While I wash you with weeping water! I’m probably not the first to make this connection, and I could be imagining it, but …
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  4. If Dylan, then Morrissey

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    October 13, 2016 by AK

    Some people are asking, “Why not Philip Roth? Why not Leonard Cohen?” Well, for some reason Stockholm doesn’t like Roth. It’s almost as if they had agreed to strike him off the list for good. Cohen is Canadian. Alice Munro used up the quota in 2013. Two Canadians within five years and not a single American …
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  5. All greats in one bar

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    October 13, 2016 by AK

    The good news today is the Nobel prize in literature going to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition. Yes – a great tradition, and an author whose work is well known and much loved. Malcolm Bull, an Oxonian at Princeton, is suspicious of greatness, German or American …
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  6. An unreliable reviewer

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    October 7, 2016 by AK

    Since David Eddyshaw mentioned Charles Williams in a comment at LanguageHat’s, I have read two novels by Charles Williams: The Place of the Lion and Descent into Hell. They were definitely worth it. Some of the scenes in Descent into Hell in particular are deeply imagined and forcefully executed. Reviewing Charles Williams: The Third Inkling by …
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