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Anne Summers

25 March 1993
Rules of Desire: Sex in Britain, World War One to the Present 
by Cate Haste.
Chatto, 356 pp., £14.99, June​ 1992, 9780701140168
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Marie Stopes and the Sexual Revolution 
by June Rose.
Faber, 272 pp., £14.99, September 1992, 0 05 711620 2
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Familiar Exploitation: A New Analysis of Marriage in Contemporary Western Societies 
by Christine Delphy and Diana Leonard.
Polity, 301 pp., £45, June​ 1992, 0 7456 0858 2
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The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Societies 
by Anthony Giddens.
Polity, 212 pp., £19.50, July 1992, 0 7456 1012 9
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... A shorter time-span and a more restricted topic might have offered a more manageable opportunity to relate individual experience to statistical indicators. Such an opportunity was available to JuneRose, and unfortunately she has missed it. There has been a need for a new study of Marie Stopes for some time, one which could relate the by now familiar personal biography to her professional work for ...

Two Poems

Alice Oswald

23 January 2003
... of his sighs’ small hollows in the air. then in the half light, it half thawed, he half, with a mist-hand, waved alive in his skin-ruins. at last at last he could think clearly Walking Past a Rose This June Morning is my heart a rose? how unspeakable is my heart a rose? how unspeakable is my heart folded to dismantle? how unspeakable is a rose folded in its nerves? how unspeakable is my heart ...

Dressed in Blue Light

Amy Larocca: Gypsy Rose​ Lee

11 March 2010
Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose​ Lee 
by Noralee Frankel.
Oxford, 300 pp., £12.99, June​ 2009, 978 0 19 536803 1
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Gypsy: The Art of the Tease 
by Rachel Shteir.
Yale, 222 pp., £12.99, March 2009, 978 0 300 12040 0
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... If Gypsy Rose Lee had been born about 60 years later than she was, she would most probably have had a reality show, something like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which is about three Los Angeles sisters whose ...
19 June 1997
Ulysses 
by James Joyce, edited by Danis Rose.
Picador, 739 pp., £20, June​ 1997, 0 330 35229 6
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... On the morning of 16 June, in city after city throughout the world, small groups of people will gather to engage in curious rituals. In New York, some fifty people will each pay $25 to breakfast on mutton kidneys and slightly ...

Short Cuts

Danny Dorling: Life Expectancy

16 November 2017
... In almost every other affluent country, apart from the US, people live longer than in the UK, often several years longer and the best countries are pulling away. Between 2011 and 2015 life expectancy rose by a year in both Norway and Finland. It rose by more than a year in Japan, despite the Japanese already having the highest life expectancy in the world. In the UK official projections have now been ...

Two Poems

Mark Doty

21 September 2000
... Principalities of June Original light broke apart, the Gnostics say, when time began, singular radiance fractioned into form – an easy theory to believe, in early summer, when that first performance seems ...

Three Poems

Simon Armitage

22 July 1993
... window seat. And you have crossed your heart and hoped to die, promised that this cover, blanket, bedspread, when completed, will envelop me with you.             Penelope, one night last June I came for fruit, and from the crow’s nest of the cherry tree I made you out: back stitching one day’s work, releasing knot from thread, unhitching weft from warp from weft ... I dropped down ...

Merely a Warning that a Noun is Coming

Bee Wilson: The ‘Littlehampton Libels’

8 February 2018
The Littlehampton Libels: A Miscarriage of Justice and a Mystery about Words in 1920s England 
by Christopher Hilliard.
Oxford, 256 pp., £30, June​ 2017, 978 0 19 879965 8
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... heard his daughter use indecent language. ‘Never,’ he said. ‘She was brought up quite differently. I have never heard such language from her or any others of my family of nine children.’ Rose Gooding, Bill Gooding and Ruth Russell. Edith Swan, a 30-year-old laundress from the seaside town of Littlehampton in Sussex, was accused of sending a letter to a sanitary inspector called Charles ...

Diary

Paul Foot: Windsor Girls School on 22 June

4 July 1985
... All through his short life Shelley loved bizarre happenings and unpredictable human behaviour, so he would have enjoyed himself a lot at Windsor Girls School on 22 June. About a hundred and fifty people came together to celebrate his work. Was this an academic gathering, a place where scholars could show off their latest pedantry to their peers? Not at all. It was ...

At the Royal Academy

Jeremy Harding: Botticelli

5 April 2001
Botticelli's Dante 
Royal Academy, 360 pp., £48, March 2001, 0 900946 85 7Show More
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... consternation. The work for Canto xxxii of the Paradise is incomplete, leaving the Queen of Heaven, Christ and Gabriel stranded on the rim of a monumental blank which would have been the Celestial Rose. They are diminutive figures in a daunting emptiness created by large-scale erasures: proof that the Empyrean is beyond depiction or description. As for the preceding Canto, there is nothing at all ...

Subjective Correlative

Mary-Kay Wilmers

10 August 2016
... In January​ 1961 I came to London and started looking for a job. I’d graduated the previous June and been told by the person in charge of women’s appointments that the best I could hope for was a job as a typist. In March I started work at Faber, as the advertising manager’s secretary. Faber ...

At the V&A 1

Nick Richardson: Disobedient Objects

8 October 2014
... see instantly who your friends are – a visual identity helps, the curators say, to ‘cement a movement’. There are black and white photos and a video of the ‘Revolution of the Dwarves’ of June 1988, when ten thousand members of the Orange Alternative gathered in Wrocław to protest against the communist regime, wearing orange Phrygian caps and chanting: ‘We are the dwarves!’ A good ...

Deadly Embrace

Jacqueline Rose: Suicide bombers

4 November 2004
My Life Is a Weapon: A Modern History of Suicide Bombing 
by Christoph Reuter, translated by Helena Ragg-Kirkby.
Princeton, 246 pp., £15.95, May 2004, 0 691 11759 4
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Army of Roses: Inside the World of Palestinian Women Suicide Bombers 
by Barbara Victor.
Robinson, 321 pp., £8.99, April 2004, 1 84119 937 0
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... had to’ – is crucial. She was not sympathising: she was trying to imagine what it was like to be a Palestinian in the Occupied Territories. (She condemned the bombings.) When Cherie Blair said in June 2002, ‘As long as young people feel they have got no hope but to blow themselves up you are never going to make progress,’ Downing Street apologised. What need never be apologised for is the ...
22 February 2001
... Name: Meme Jumai. Occupation: Farmer.Residence: Ikerre-Oti, Delta State, Nigeria. Date of Birth: 5 June 1950. Date of Death: 15 June 2000. Cause of Death: Awaiting Inquest. 1 June 2000. When I woke, I was sweating as if I were on the farm. Yet it wasn’t the sweat of hard work that wet my bed-sheet so. It was the sweat of fear. I was feeling as if a witch had poured fear ...

Manila Manifesto

James Fenton

18 May 1989
... from hand to hand And your song was in their mouth And they went to war with the Tadtad gang And the Ativan gang In Alabang By the Superhighway, South. ‘For seven days and seven nights Your voice rose o’er the fray And you would tremble had you heard The things I heard you say.’ *** I saw Emily Dickinson in a vision, and asked if it was merely by coincidence that so much of her poetry could be ...

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