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Kill your own business

Deborah Friedell: Amazon’s Irresistible Rise, 5 December 2013

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon 
by Brad Stone.
Bantam, 384 pp., £18.99, October 2013, 978 0 593 07047 5
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... his mother’s second husband, a Cuban petroleum engineer who fled Castro as a teenager and told Brad Stone that he takes credit for passing on a ‘libertarian aversion to government intrusion into the private lives and enterprises of citizens’. To taxes, for example. Jeff did well at school, particularly in maths and science; he went to ...


Brad Leithauser, 9 June 1994

... The goal I suppose is a steadied mind – to replace with wood and stone and insulated wire what was contrived of flesh and bone, blood and blood’s desire; isn’t the final end to find that haven where where you are matters as much to me as whether or not, on another block, the wind’s now rousing a tree ...


Brad Leithauser, 7 December 1989

... was one – grayly colourless, hugely creatureless – demanding pride of place: a laval sea of stone extending mile upon mile, and all of it still brokenly flowing, in lichen-whitecapped waves, toward a gray, cold, contrarily breaking sea. To their frozen opposition I’d brought a freezing one, leaning hard against the shrill resistance of a wind that, at ...

Going Wrong

Michael Wood, 7 March 1996

directed by Martin Scorsese.
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directed by Michael Mann.
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directed by David Fincher.
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... although we didn’t quite know how intricate and artful and ruthless it all was. When Sharon Stone appears, the song ‘Heart of Stone’ plays faintly in the background. When much later she falls apart and dies in seedy disgrace, the soundtrack treats us to ‘The House of the Rising Sun’. Over the final ...

Paradise Lost

Nicholas Everett, 11 July 1991

by Derek Walcott.
Faber, 325 pp., £17.50, September 1990, 0 571 16070 0
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Collected Poems 
by Norman MacCaig.
Chatto, 456 pp., £18, September 1990, 0 7011 3713 4
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The Mail from Anywhere 
by Brad Leithauser.
Oxford, 55 pp., £5.95, September 1990, 0 19 282779 0
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An Elegy for the Galosherman: New and Selected Poems 
by Matt Simpson.
Bloodaxe, 128 pp., £6.95, October 1990, 1 85224 103 9
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... asked ‘whether a love of poverty helped’ him ‘use other eyes, like those of that sightless stone’. Whether he’s condemned here for not loving poverty – that is, for not being poor (as, in one account at least, Homer supposedly was) – or for wanting St Lucians to remain poor rather than grow wealthy from the tourists, is not made clear, and the ...

Rah, Rah, Cheers, Queers

Terry Castle: On Getting Married, 29 August 2013

... daughter lacked something – some crucial female design element. What could it be? A penchant for Brad Pitt? A surrey with a fringe on top? A ladylike desire to cede our shared armrest for ten hours to any bulky he-clod who happened to be squeezed in next to me in United economy? A pretty polyester twin-set? Diamantine best friends? A husband? A child? Panty ...

The American Virus

Eliot Weinberger, 4 June 2020

... time home-schooling than they themselves are.On the day the confirmed death toll reaches 75,000, Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign manager with an evidently shaky memory of Star Wars, tweets: ‘For nearly three years we have been building a juggernaut campaign (Death Star) … In a few days we start pressing FIRE for the first time.’ Widely ridiculed, he ...

Worm Interlude

Patricia Lockwood: What is a guy for?, 17 November 2022

Liberation Day 
by George Saunders.
Bloomsbury, 238 pp., £18.99, October 2022, 978 1 5266 2495 6
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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain 
by George Saunders.
Bloomsbury, 432 pp., £10.99, April 2022, 978 1 5266 2424 6
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... out of the poverties and privilege of your own life – hinge on the redeemability of a guy called Brad? Then again, dispatches from a conflict in progress will always be hazier, less shapely. The Civil War of the past is more comfortable, and we know it better, don’t we?The alternative title of a first short-story collection is always ‘Stories for ME You ...

All in Slow Motion

Dani Garavelli: The Murder of Nikki Allan, 15 June 2023

... a small garden with decking and rattan furniture and a little patch of soil, presided over by stone angels, which is dedicated to Nikki. Bolstered by social media, her campaign now has a mass following. Every time she posts on Facebook, she receives hundreds of likes and messages; every time she goes into the city centre, passers-by want to shake her ...

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