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An Ordinary Woman

Alan Bennett

Anglo-America Loses its Grip

Pankaj Mishra

Short Cuts: John Bolton’s Unwitting Usefulness

Mattathias Schwartz

Smells of Hell

Keith Thomas

Mrs Oliphant

Tom Crewe

Tippett’s Knack

Philip Clark

At Tate Modern: Steve McQueen

Colin Grant

Catherine Lacey

Nicole Flattery

Churchill’s Cook

Rosemary Hill

The ‘Batrachomyomachia’

Ange Mlinko

On Dorothea Lange

Joanna Biggs

Paid to Race

Jon Day

Poem: ‘Traveller’s Tales: Chapter 90’

August Kleinzahler

The Soho Alphabet

Andrew O’Hagan

Old Tunes

Stephen Sedley

Victor Serge’s Defective Bolshevism

Tariq Ali

The Murdrous Machiavel

Erin Maglaque

Diary: Insane after coronavirus?

Patricia Lockwood

Tom and TVAnne Carson
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Out of the folds of the heavenly things I was
dreaming of Tom Stoppard in a car saying do
you want to come look at my etchings and I
thought here at last is someone who will know
how this drear phrase came to refer to close acts
of humankind so I said what does that really
mean do you think and he said sex and I awoke
in tears because I suddenly remembered when
my Dad died I had to pawn his TV, which I did for
not enough money then after midnight I went
out walking the streets of his small town and
there it was Dad’s TV on a shelf in the shop in the
dark with others.

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