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The Person in the Phone Booth

David Trotter: Phone Booths, 28 January 2010

... a listed building. By that time, British Telecom had become British Telecom plc, flagship of the Thatcher government’s ambitious privatisation programme. In 1987, BT’s phone box monopoly ended. So began the conversion memorably described by Patrick Wright in A Journey through Ruins (1991), of the only remaining ‘public’ element of a now otherwise ...

Get a Real Degree

Elif Batuman, 23 September 2010

The Programme Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing 
by Mark McGurl.
Harvard, 480 pp., £25.95, April 2009, 978 0 674 03319 1
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... Morrison, Sandra Cisneros) and ‘lower-middle-class modernism’ (Raymond Carver, Joyce Carol Oates), with Venn diagrams illustrating the overlap between these groups, and their polarisation by aesthetic sub-tendencies such as maximalism and minimalism. Despite his professed indifference to the pro-con debate, however, McGurl also sets out to defend ...

Art and Mimesis in Plato’s ‘Republic’

M.F. Burnyeat: Plato, 21 May 1998

... her baby, In a manger for his bed. Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ the little child. This carol is a third-person narrative, all the way through. Listeners hear about the birth of Jesus. But when someone reads the Lesson from the Gospel and their voice modulates to express kindness or anger in words that Jesus speaks in the first person, or when in ...

The Olympics Scam

Iain Sinclair: The Razing of East London, 19 June 2008

... Lane brewery, a significant territorial marker, appears like an accusing finger in stills from Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out, which was released in 1947. Bethnal Green masquerades as an expressionist Belfast. James Mason is an IRA gunman on the run. Twenty years later, his Hollywood career in decline, Mason returned once more to an East End of smoky ...

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