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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

Revism

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

Tom and TVAnne Carson
Close
Close

Out of the folds of the heavenly things I was
dreaming of Tom Stoppard in a car saying do
you want to come look at my etchings and I
thought here at last is someone who will know
how this drear phrase came to refer to close acts
of humankind so I said what does that really
mean do you think and he said sex and I awoke
in tears because I suddenly remembered when
my Dad died I had to pawn his TV, which I did for
not enough money then after midnight I went
out walking the streets of his small town and
there it was Dad’s TV on a shelf in the shop in the
dark with others.

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