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An Ordinary Woman

Alan Bennett

Anglo-America Loses its Grip

Pankaj Mishra

Short Cuts: John Bolton’s Unwitting Usefulness

Mattathias Schwartz

Smells of Hell

Keith Thomas

Mrs Oliphant

Tom Crewe

Tippett’s Knack

Philip Clark

At Tate Modern: Steve McQueen

Colin Grant

Catherine Lacey

Nicole Flattery

Churchill’s Cook

Rosemary Hill

The ‘Batrachomyomachia’

Ange Mlinko

On Dorothea Lange

Joanna Biggs

Paid to Race

Jon Day

Poem: ‘Traveller’s Tales: Chapter 90’

August Kleinzahler

The Soho Alphabet

Andrew O’Hagan

Old Tunes

Stephen Sedley

Victor Serge’s Defective Bolshevism

Tariq Ali

The Murdrous Machiavel

Erin Maglaque

Diary: Insane after coronavirus?

Patricia Lockwood

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You’re interrupted in the book of the film
By someone ringing who’s just seen your name

As the title of an opera. You remember that doctor in Mallaig
Born long before Disney and baptised Donald Duck.

What could he have felt? Normality’s strange –
Always more of it gets delivered in cartons

With the names washed off. Maybe next century
We’ll have extra labels: a noun for the sensation

Of hearing Philip Glass while being driven in a Citroen
Or of sitting down to eat a bag of chips

With two historians of mesmerism near Inverkeithing.
Meantime I’m adjusting to my newfound status

As a matinee for schools. I’m grateful to slip out quietly
By the cellar door and leave myself sometimes

Being private in a deckchair in the garden.

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