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Goodbye Moon

Andrew O’Hagan: Me and the Moon

25 February 2010
The Book of the Moon 
by Rick Stroud.
Doubleday, 368 pp., £16.99, May 2009, 978 0 385 61386 6
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Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon 
by Craig Nelson.
John Murray, 404 pp., £18.99, June 2009, 978 0 7195 6948 7
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Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon 
by Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham.
Bloomsbury, 336 pp., £16.99, July 2009, 978 1 4088 0402 5
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... looking up at the sky and wondering how the Earth would survive our curses. But where the ancients had gods, we have public relations. In Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, CraigNelson tells the tale in a way that seizes the spirit of the age: A central reason for the creation of the federal space agency was to prove to both the citizens of the United States and the world ...

At the New Whitechapel

Peter Campbell: Isa Genzken

30 April 2009
... on the library building). Much of what has been set up to celebrate the reopening looks to the past. In the new gallery on the ground floor you find the tapestry of Guernica, commissioned in 1955 by Nelson Rockefeller and lent in 1985 by the Rockefeller estate to the United Nations in New York. The installation by Goshka Macuga links the painting’s showing at the Whitechapel in 1939 with more recent ...

Disaster

Ronan Bennett

16 December 1993
De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow 
by Tim Pat Coogan.
Hutchinson, 772 pp., £20, October 1993, 9780091750305
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... Michael Collins brought these killings to the attention of Winston Churchill during the London negotiations, Nixon was never arrested or charged. He became an embarrassment only when Sir James Craig and the Unionist hierarchy got involved with the Governments of the Irish Free State and Britain in the delicate negotiations about the border. Nixon was forced out of the police, although not before ...

Diary

David Craig: Scotland Changes Again

20 December 1990
... and my parents’ disquieting reassurances. Today, just north of the bridge, I’m an adult again – sucked backward to the years when each trip saw the great squat capital-ships, the Rodney and the Nelson, sink nearer the waterline in the dock at Inverkeithing as the ship-breakers stripped them down. Fifteen years before, I had pushed them, miniatures made of lead, across the playroom floor, knowing ...

Who’s Got the Moxie?

A. Craig​ Copetas

23 March 1995
The Mexican Tree Duck 
by James Crumley.
Picador, 247 pp., £15.99, May 1994, 0 330 32451 9
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One to Count Cadence 
by James Crumley.
Picador, 338 pp., £5.99, May 1994, 0 330 32450 0
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... more hideout than state. Montanan James Crumley is a detective writer, but The Mexican Tree Duck is as much a detective novel as The Man with the Golden Arm is a heroin story. In fact, Crumley – a Nelson Algren of the North Country, you could say – has unintentionally and magnificently enlarged the Algren adage ‘never eat at a place called Mom’s, never play cards with a man called Doc and never ...
21 March 1996
... early Seventies had links with Loyalist paramilitaries. After the abolition of the Stormont Government in 1972 Vanguard’s massed ranks lined up and fell in infantry-style to be reviewed by William Craig, masquerading as a latter-day Carson. In the North of Ireland, it is better not to throw stones: many political houses are made of glass. The North is, unhappily, a special case: were it not, there ...

Diary

Craig​ Raine: In Moscow

22 March 1990
... I find myself sceptical of all analysis and inclined to make the international football match an exemplum. Stay at home and see more on television. It isn’t until we return to England that we hear Nelson Mandela has been released. The Prague correspondent I mentioned earlier describes the phenomenon perfectly: ‘our Polish printing house went on strike and hot on the heels of that little rebellion ...

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