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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 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

Revism

Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

Four PoemsBarbara Everett
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Pictures

A picture book of
Churches makes clear that the one
Stone for the floor is

A broken Peter.
Overhead vacuity
Lifts up the great dome.

Pecunia non olet

Vespasian taxed
Sewage, laughed at his son’s fuss –
‘Money doesn’t smell’.

It’s true. Human words
And actions can smell worse than
Money’s likely to.

In All Saints

Up in the roof large
Human birds hover, there to
Look after people.

But something is wrong.
They very nearly know that
Angels don’t exist.

Exile

Through youth and middle
Age she missed London, and found
It no comfort when

On a sole late trip
In old age she looked around
And it wasn’t there.

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