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Get the Mosquitoes!

John Whitfield: Selfish genes, 30 November 2006

Genes in Conflict: The Biology of Selfish Genetic Elements 
by Austin Burt and Robert Trivers.
Harvard, 602 pp., £21.95, January 2006, 0 674 01713 7
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... effects are strongly detrimental to the evolutionary interests of the organisms that carry them. Austin Burt and Robert Trivers call such genes ‘selfish genetic elements’. That such elements should evolve is no more surprising than that viruses should exist. An organism results from the co-operation of a set of genes, and natural selection favours ...

On the Dickman Brothers

Stephanie Burt, 2 February 2017

... and their simultaneous literary ascent (both attended the same creative writing programme in Austin, Texas). Their lives make good copy; but their lives alone couldn’t make the poetry popular – when I read with Matthew at a festival in 2013, the queue for his book seemed to run the length of the tent. In any case, if poets’ lives determined their ...

Trouble at the Fees Office

Jonathan Raban: Alice in Expenses Land, 11 June 2009

... in Clerkenwell, the Bentley in Kensington), they were prone to hit the minibar, like Alistair Burt, member for North-East Bedfordshire, whose late-night snacking on Pringles, mixed nuts, Coca-Cola, mineral water, gin and tonic, Heineken and lemonade is gleefully reported by the Telegraph in exhaustive detail over a period of nine months. The bills ...

Door Closing!

Mark Ford: Randall Jarrell, 21 October 2010

Pictures from an Institution: A Comedy 
by Randall Jarrell.
Chicago, 277 pp., £10.50, April 2010, 978 0 226 39375 9
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... concern for the helpless or voiceless or overlooked has elicited from critics such as Stephen Burt and Langdon Hammer and James Longenbach favourable comparisons with the predatory, will-to-power poetics of Lowell, or the rampant self-aggrandising confessionalism of Berryman and Plath. Assessments of Jarrell as a poet inevitably play him off against his ...

Retro-Selfies

Iain Sinclair: Ferlinghetti, 17 December 2015

I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career: The Selected Correspondence of Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Allen Ginsberg, 1955–97 
edited by Bill Morgan.
City Lights, 284 pp., £11.83, July 2015, 978 0 87286 678 2
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Writing across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010 
by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, edited by Giada Diano and Matthew Gleeson.
Liveright, 464 pp., £22.99, October 2015, 978 1 63149 001 9
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... of paper for a million-dollar pitch to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, or some other well-endowed coldstore vault. Not many living poets become streets. Nor should they. Ferlinghetti, international performer, painter and publisher, was so honoured, along with a catalogue of deceased luminaries: Mark Twain, Ambrose ...

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