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Steve Fraser: 1970s America

17 March 2011
Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the 1970s 
by Judith Stein.
Yale, 367 pp., £25, May 2010, 978 0 300 11818 6
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Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class 
by Jefferson Cowie.
New Press, 464 pp., £19.99, September 2010, 978 1 56584 875 7
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... and that the American working class underwent a makeover that would soon render it virtually invisible. And it was during this decade that the labour question was asked for the last time. As JudithStein observes in Pivotal Decade, the 1970s was the only decade except for the 1930s during which Americans grew poorer. By the late 1960s, around a quarter of all new investment by US companies in ...

Old Gravy

Mark Ford

7 September 1995
Robert Graves: Life on the Edge 
by Miranda Seymour.
Doubleday, 524 pp., £20, July 1995, 0 385 40423 9
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Robert Graves and the White Goddess 
by Richard Perceval Graves.
Weidenfeld, 618 pp., £25, July 1995, 0 297 81534 2
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Robert Graves: His Life and Work 
by Martin Seymour-Smith.
Bloomsbury, 600 pp., £25, June 1995, 0 7475 2205 7
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Robert Graves: Collected Writings on Poetry 
edited by Paul O’Prey.
Carcanet, 560 pp., £35, June 1995, 1 85754 172 3
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Robert Graves: The Centenary Selected Poems 
edited by Patrick Quinn.
Carcanet, 160 pp., £15.95, April 1995, 9781857541267
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... Not much until I came to you And saw it then, furred on the bone, With as much horror as your own. You were born clean ... Graves turned against England also. On the recommendation of Gertrude Stein, he and Riding settled in 1929 in the small Majorcan village of Deyà, which was to remain, apart from the war years 1936-45, Graves’s home for the rest of his life. Graves suffered countless ...
7 May 1987
Selected Poems 1964-1983 
by Douglas Dunn.
Faber, 262 pp., £9.95, November 1986, 0 571 14619 8
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Terry Street 
by Douglas Dunn.
Faber, 62 pp., £3.95, November 1986, 0 571 09713 8
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Selected Poems 1968-1983 
by Paul Muldoon.
Faber, 109 pp., £8.95, November 1986, 0 571 14603 1
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Essential Reading 
by Peter Reading and Alan Jenkins.
Secker, 230 pp., £9.95, October 1986, 0 436 40988 7
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Stet 
by Peter Reading.
Secker, 40 pp., £5.95, October 1986, 0 436 40989 5
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... with an IRA terrorist – to end up blown to bits on a garage forecourt, with the pebble still clutched in his hand. Muldoon contrives his own head-on collision of art and politics, as Ovid, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Edward Hopper and Picasso share the stage with the stolen car, the road block, the strip search, the milk-churn booby-trap, and the ‘perruque of tar and feathers’.Poems like ...
3 October 1985
... testing its reverberations each night afresh. Of all the theatre groups which have sustained a fruitful continuity within the past twenty years, Brook’s is the most ample and open. Julian Beck and Judith Malina’s Living Theatre floundered in the counter-cultural pieties of Paradise Now. Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil shows signs of an etiolated aestheticism in its recent Orientalised ...

Wild Hearts

Peter Wollen

6 April 1995
Virginia Woolf 
by James King.
Hamish Hamilton, 699 pp., £25, September 1994, 0 241 13063 8
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... for Omega. The impact of the Ballets Russes on Bloomsbury was enormous and lasting. Omega’s first major commission came in 1913, from Lady Hamilton, whose niece worked for Diaghilev, and who, in Judith Collins’s words, wanted to turn her own home into ‘the approximation of a stage-set for a Diaghilev ballet’. The influence of the Ballets Russes went much deeper than décor, however. As Peter ...

All That Gab

James Wolcott: The Upsides of Sontag’s Downsides

24 October 2019
Sontag: Her Life 
by Benjamin Moser.
Allen Lane, 832 pp., £30, September 2019, 978 0 241 00348 0
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... books by Northrop Frye. ‘Notes on “Camp”’ transmits on an entirely different frequency, its sentences tapping to a snappier syncopation. Inspired by gay friends and confidants such as Elliott Stein, whose Paris hotel room was a campy shrine of sacred knick-knacks, ‘Notes on “Camp”’ was ‘the product of years of reflection’, according to Moser, but it gave the impression of being ...

The Life and Death of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Adam Shatz: A Death in Jenin

21 November 2013
... women’s liberation, freedom from religious oppression, personal and sexual freedom. Everyone who met Juliano in New York was beguiled: Danny Glover, Tony Kushner, the philanthropist and writer Jean Stein. Julian Schnabel cast him as a sheikh in Miral, Juliano’s last performance on film. Eve Ensler invited him to stage The Vagina Monologues in Jenin. In a city of hyphenated identities his mixed ...

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