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Botanic Macaroni

Steven Shapin

What made the Vikings tick?

Tom Shippey

In the Lab

Rupert Beale

Will there be a Brexit deal?

Anand Menon

Short Cuts: Under New Management

Rory Scothorne


Bridget Alsdorf

Sarah Moss

Blake Morrison

Poem: ‘Country Music’

Ange Mlinko

On the Trail of Garibaldi

Tim Parks

Art Lessons

Peter Campbell

You’ll like it when you get there

Tom Crewe

Early Kermode

Stefan Collini

‘The Vanishing Half’

Joanna Biggs

At the Movies: ‘The Truth’

Michael Wood

The Suitcase: Part Two

Frances Stonor Saunders

Poem: ‘Siri U’

Jorie Graham

Diary: Getting into Esports

John Lanchester


I go out to post a letter get gunned down
To purchase milk in a bottle get gunned down

Go to the festival in Fordsburg to see a film
About Langston get a bomb thrown at me

Take a taxi from Bok Street with a dozen
Others get picked off arbitrarily

Squat on the banks of Benoni
Get shack raised skull stoved

Take the Soweto train get evicted
Before New Canada by vigilantes

Clubbed by police necklaced
And ridden over by an Armskor Buffalo

I go to make my complaint at Union Building
Get mugged on the lawn left for dead

Dead me do not speak so what can I say?
This letter will have to do:

I go out to post a letter get gunned down
Get gunned down.

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