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Dirty Jokes

Julian Symons, 13 September 1990

Brief Lives 
by Anita Brookner.
Cape, 217 pp., £12.95, August 1990, 0 224 02747 6
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by Philip Roth.
Cape, 208 pp., £12.95, September 1990, 0 224 03000 0
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by Seth Morgan.
Chatto, 390 pp., £12.95, August 1990, 0 7011 3664 2
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... no joke. Homeboy, on the other hand, though in substance horrific, is in manner distinctly jokey. Seth Morgan, his publisher tells us eagerly, is ‘a survivor of the San Francisco street drug culture and a former convict’, and ditto his central character, dope addict Joe Speaker. To describe the activities of Joe and his acquaintances ...

Bad Dreams

Robert Crawford: Peter Porter, 6 October 2011

The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems 
by Peter Porter.
Picador, 421 pp., £12.99, May 2010, 978 0 330 52218 2
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... into the Thames, the couple had split up. In her 1966 novel Fall-Girl, Neville depicted Porter as Seth, a knuckle-cracking, gawky Australian detester of ‘the English Class Thing’. Jannice went on writing to Micklem after her marriage. She and Porter had two daughters, but there were quarrels, resentments, silences. Each had affairs. By the 1970s, when ...

It’s me you gotta make happy

Andrea Brady: John Wieners, 29 July 2021

Yours Presently: The Selected Letters of John Wieners 
edited by Michael Seth Stewart.
New Mexico, 333 pp., £60, December 2020, 978 0 8263 6204 9
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... selections from his working drafts. Yours Presently, the new volume of letters edited by Michael Seth Stewart, shows Wieners cutting across various groups in American avant-garde writing.‘A homosexual,’ Wieners wrote, ‘since he has been a stigma or outcast freak for so long, does not [usually] have a chance to meditate upon himself, even as a ...

Dark Markets

Donald MacKenzie, 4 June 2015

... have launched investigations of the dark pools run by Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Schneiderman isn’t the first New York attorney general to show his unwillingness to leave the policing of financial markets to federal bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission. Eliot Spitzer, who was elected attorney general ...

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