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Loathed by Huysmans

Julian Barnes

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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 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


Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster


I don’t know which pronunciation either
but will trust an advert that chooses semicolons over em dashes,
little Basil Bunting beards in favour
of shattered thistledown’s propellers.
Language as capillary action rising through
a sugar cube, growing heavy, placed on the tongue –

this is easier to explain in pidgin pillowtalk,
the link between grammar, glamour, grimoire,
mammoth (adj.) and slighted wheels of cheese,
appeasing hierarchies of action –
prowess is not just the female, foremost part of a ship’s bow,
the coffee cart, the obvious similes about Kintsugi, startling
the sun through clouds, through kite-marked windows.

I start and end days with you        isn’t that silly
conceits easily conceded by bus centres every day.
The ease with which kids can find new mouths,
loyalty only to low-slinged words and their balsamic notes –
300,000 birds yet still we get to call it murmuration –

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