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Dress for Success

P.N. Furbank, 2 November 1995

Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade 
by Gary Kates.
Basic Books, 368 pp., $25, May 1995, 0 465 04761 0
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... the psychoanalytical sense. (Havelock Ellis defined a syndrome that he entitled ‘Eonism’.) But Gary Kates, apparently the first thoroughly to have explored the d’Eon papers in the Brotherton Library, remarkably argues against this. He thinks that d’Eon deliberately encouraged the rumours about his gender for his own political ends, having the ...

Who’s the big one?

Irina Aleksander: Gary Shteyngart, 22 May 2014

Little Failure: A Memoir 
by Gary Shteyngart.
Hamish Hamilton, 368 pp., £16.99, February 2014, 978 0 241 14665 1
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... On the last page​ of Gary Shteyngart’s memoir there’s a photograph of his parents, Nina and Semyon, seated across a restaurant table from whoever took the picture (presumably Shteyngart). Nina – the book is dedicated to his analyst, so let’s look first at his mother – has a coquettish tilt of the head, cropped hair and a tight-lipped, sly smile ...

Sonic Foam

Ian Penman: On Kate Bush, 17 April 2014

... a look: Lenny Henry, Rolf Harris, Dave Gilmour, Nigel Kennedy, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Lol Creme, Gary Brooker, Andy Fairweather Low … I can’t be the only Kate fan who puts their fingers in their ears when Rolf Harris and Stephen Fry come in as guest vocalists.‘Hounds of Love’, though, is quite simply one of the most beautiful songs pop music has ever ...

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