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Julian Barnes

Too early or too late?

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Five Victorian Marriages

Tom Crewe

Society as a Broadband Network

William Davies

Fifteen days from now

Thomas Jones

In 1348

James Meek

The Yorkists

John Guy

At the Movies: Pasolini’s ‘Teorema’

Michael Wood

Whitehall Spookery

Neal Ascherson

Poem: ‘The Bannisters’

Paul Muldoon

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen

Marius Petipa

Simon Morrison

At the Foundling Museum: ‘Portraying Pregnancy’

Joanne O’Leary

Gordon v. O’Connor

Rupert Thomson

Revism

Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

Nature NotesAnthony Edkins
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Homosexual cows – one sees –
are usually half-hearted.
The cry of the peacock
corresponds ill with its colours.
One said: They sleep in trees, you know.
(He also knew the mating practices
of bees.) Another insisted:
You must tell me what you want me to do.
She knew so well how to pronounce
the names of flowers and lovers.

The sun sets behind that darkening hill
having of course risen over those fields;
between – talking in terms of space and time –
much burgeoning but death lies in ambush.

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