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Theo Tait on Gordon Burn’s last book, Born Yesterday: The News as a Novel, from the LRB of 5 June 2008:

Gordon Burn’s work takes place at a point where fact and fiction, public events and private lives, fame and death all meet.

Burn, who died last Friday, wrote pieces for the London Review on John Cheever (the ‘gut-spilling’, the ‘ear-scalding exhibitionism’) and Robert Stone (his ‘stoned rap’, his ‘junky jabber’).

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