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And now for something entirely Dante

Inspired to revisit Dante Alighieri by two books that came out at approximately the same time, I found my experience greatly enriched. I do not read or understand Italian and so although I do have one volume with a dual text, it is not entirely useful. 437 more words

I have done a good thing

Through a set of circumstances too personally humiliating to relate, I was in Manchester this morning and paying my earliest ever monthly visit to Pizza Hut… 222 more words


Unreliable Memoirs

On the whole I find memoir a tricky genre to read and interpret. Any memoir seems to be at the mercy of two elements it seems to me – the memory of the author and how they select, reflect and analyse said memories. 536 more words

Book Club

Only Marcus knows: Sex in fiction

‘The sex in your novel I can understand,’ said a friend as we stood in adjoining lanes in the shallow end of Civic Pool. ‘The sex in A.S. 1,117 more words

A.s Byatt

My Top Five: Centerpiece Covers

As any true UNC-TV viewer knows, Centerpiece is our monthly programming guide. You probably have a subscription if you’ve been a donor for any measurable amount of time. 368 more words


A journey through Luna Park

The River in the Sky, Clive James, Picador.

Clive James has made a late career of dying, though modern medicine has given him a reprieve, enough to resume his critique of modern culture and to give unexpected time to indulge more in his first love, poetry. 679 more words

Pete Atkin to perform at Alstonefield

Alstonefield’s concert series is staging a show featuring Pete Atkin, on March 23, for a unique evening of what has become a defining example of English Chanson. 73 more words