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Loathed by Huysmans

Julian Barnes

Too early or too late?

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Five Victorian Marriages

Tom Crewe

Society as a Broadband Network

William Davies

Indefinite Lent

Thomas Jones

In 1348

James Meek

The House of York

John Guy

At the Movies: Pasolini’s ‘Teorema’

Michael Wood

Secrets are like sex

Neal Ascherson

Poem: ‘The Bannisters’

Paul Muldoon

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen

Marius Petipa

Simon Morrison

At the Foundling Museum: ‘Portraying Pregnancy’

Joanne O’Leary

Caroline Gordon v. Flannery O’Connor

Rupert Thomson


Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

How to set up an ICU

Lana Spawls

MachinesAlan Dixon

Know them by their machines,
Machines of visiting friends,
As they want to be known.
Not beautiful, I think,
But elegant, I suppose,
She speaks if what I wear
Respects her neighbourhood.

My wellingtons and spade
Make me invisible;
Having no shiny shell
I take to camouflage.
Sometimes card-backs displayed
Like polished teeth show me
How popular they must be.

Outside her house I see
A slouchy yellow Dodge,
Licked, poisonous, chemical,
Or one of those high jeeps
With which they give away
Samurai swords, Koi sharks,
Live puppies of bronze dogs.

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