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Anna The Islander

Anna The Islander
By February 5, 2007

Clive James again today. What a happy Monday this is shaping up to be: Akhmatova, to her credit, had always tried to stay aloof from the Revolution. But the Revolution was never likely to pay her the courtesy of staying … Read More

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Lieberman The Un-Democrat

Lieberman The Un-Democrat
By February 5, 2007

The most eager adherent of a cause is not just a convert to it but a late heretic of its opposite. Joe Lieberman's unblinking Bush support might appear to be a self-parodying nyah-nyah against all his ex-buddies in the Senate. … Read More

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Critic, Reviewer, Hack

Critic, Reviewer, Hack
By February 5, 2007

"I never read a book before reviewing it," quipped Sidney Smith. "It prejudices the mind so." Is this a joke, or is it common practice among us ink-stained wretches to, uh, cheat? Laying aside those books that are, given a … Read More

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King, Spleen, Knave

King, Spleen, Knave
By February 5, 2007

About a decade ago there was a row over the legacy of Philip Larkin. Was he a scabrous old reactionary whose artistic merit had, like Ezra Pound's, been vastly overrated, or was he the real deal? The elided headline during … Read More

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Women, Strong and Otherwise

Women, Strong and Otherwise
By February 5, 2007

The Sunday New York Times included a piece, "The Racial Politics of Speaking Well," about why white people should avoid referring to black people as "articulate" or "well-spoken": "With the ballooning size of the black middle and upper class, qualities … Read More

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Mark Dean Veca

Mark Dean Veca
By February 5, 2007

In my recent work I have replaced the "elegant" images typical of 18th century French decorative arts with "vulgar" images characteristic of contemporary America. Linked by a surreal, obsessive, and organic graphic network, they form an idiosyncratic branch on the … Read More

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The History Boy

The History Boy
By February 5, 2007

We all have our favorites, and mine is only hindered by specificity of subject: You cannot when dealing with Toynbee, Just pay him back in his own coin be- Cause talking such piss Would seem rather a miss; So how … Read More

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Poisonous Foodies

Poisonous Foodies
By February 5, 2007

Thanks, Michael, for the warm welcome, and now I ought to apologize for my late start. I'd had every intention of getting up at eight or nine—a touch on the early side for the quasi-employed—but last night's Super Bowl XLI … Read More

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