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Posts added in May 2008

Fair Play – a review

Jim Murdoch on The Truth About Lies, has an interesting review of Fair Play, a collection of short stories or a novel by Tove Jansson: The little red light came on. Fassbinder confronted them in all his exquisite, controlled violence. It was very late when he was done. Jonna switched on the lamp, slipped the […]

A Poem by Billy Collins

Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking. He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark that he barks every time they leave the house. They must switch him on on their way out. The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking. I close all the […]

Being Average in Germany

Kate Connolly in Berlin for The Observer, reports on Der Spiegel magazine’s comprehensive study into the ‘typical German’. The average Teuton family goes on holiday for two weeks a year, mainly within Germany, although their favourite destination is Majorca. He (45 years old) is 5ft 10in, she 5ft 5in. He is invariably overweight (83.5 kg) […]

Being Badgered by the Wild Child

I was sitting at one of the open tables of Browns pavement café in St. Sampson’s Square surrounded by Plane trees with their nuts ripening in the pale spring sunshine. Twenty people on the kerb were demonstrating about sixty years of ethnic cleansing in Israel. They had banners and Palestinian flags and their protest was […]

Read for Peace

The Los Angeles Times have published an adaptation from Amos Oz’s acceptance speech in Spain last week for the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. I believe in literature as a bridge between peoples. I believe curiosity can be a moral quality. I believe imagining the other can be an antidote to fanaticism. Imagining the […]