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Norman Dombey: Saddam’s Nuclear Incapability, 17 October 2002

Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Net Assessment 
IISS, 104 pp., £40, September 2002Show More
Saddam’s Bombmaker: The Daring Escape of the Man who Built Iraq’s Secret Weapon 
by Khidhir Hamza and Jeff Stein.
Touchstone, 342 pp., £10, April 2002, 0 7432 1135 9
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Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Assessment of the British Government 
Stationery Office, 53 pp., September 2002Show More
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... and to arrange for his family to be transported to the United States. Hamza’s ghost-writer is Jeff Stein, who, according to Google, contributes to intelligence stories for a range of print and Internet media. Usually, it isn’t clear in the book what is Hamza’s and what is Stein’s. But sometimes it is: ‘The ...

Mother

Wendy Steiner, 19 October 1995

Gertrude Stein in Words and Pictures 
by Renate Stendhal.
Thames and Hudson, 286 pp., £14.95, March 1995, 0 500 27832 6
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‘Favoured Strangers’: Gertrude Stein and Her Family 
by Linda Wagner-Martin.
Rutgers, 346 pp., $34.95, August 1995, 0 8135 2169 6
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... Gertrude Stein knew how to make herself happy. Sometimes she was heroic, as when she delivered medical supplies to soldiers during the First World War by toddling over enemy lines in an old Ford. And in World War Two, she was honoured by the French Resistance for transmitting information during the Occupation. ‘Gertrude Stein, safe, safe, is safe’, came the press release from liberated Culoz ...

My Heroin Christmas

Terry Castle: Art Pepper and Me, 18 December 2003

... with the laptop on my stomach – my mother had put me in the little upstairs room that used to be Jeff’s – I would reach over and unroll one in a smarmy, bourgeois, sugar-dazed languor. It was a heroin Christmas because I was reading the greatest book I’ve ever read: the jazz musician Art Pepper’s 1979 autobiography Straight Life: The Story of Art ...

Long live the codex

John Sutherland: The future of books, 5 July 2001

Book Business: Publishing Past, Present and Future 
by Jason Epstein.
Norton, 188 pp., £16.95, March 2001, 0 393 04984 1
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... back into worthier literary ventures. This is the essence of GTP. Edna Ferber paid for Gertrude Stein. Ferber has been forgotten; Stein is eternalised in the Norton Anthology of American Literature. The ‘Jewish publishers’ appreciated that the important thing was to keep their great books in print. For bookmen like ...

White Hat/Black Hat

Frances Richard: 20th-Century Art, 6 April 2006

Art since 1900: Modernism, Antimodernism, Postmodernism 
by Hal Foster, Rosalind Krauss, Yve-Alain Bois and Benjamin H.D. Buchloh.
Thames and Hudson, 704 pp., £45, March 2005, 0 500 23818 9
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... tart summation of a succès de scandale like Hirst’s sliced pig in formaldehyde (1996) or Jeff Koons’s ironico-kitsch porn from the early 1990s. Both artists, Foster observes, ‘presented … hype as the contemporary substitute for artistic aura’, and their ‘outraged opponents played … right into their hands, for together they produced a ...

Travels with My Mom

Terry Castle: In Santa Fe, 16 August 2007

... was the raddled and raspy Suzuki; my mother a much abused Cio-Cio San.After my stepbrother Jeff killed himself in 1982 my mother made the little upstairs room that had once been his into her creative lair – nine feet square of dense, paint-flecked, Crazy Glue squalor. Francis Bacon’s famously naff South Ken studio (now re-created in a Dublin ...

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