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  1. jenks

    Painting

    Bridget Riley. Maggie Hambling.
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    what are you reading now?

    I love a bit of Henry Green - Loving is always cited as his masterpiece but I really like the one where he’s a fire warden in WWII - Caught - I think.
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    Birds

    Bumped into this guy on my ride the other day - a marsh hawk - he works with it in the city, scaring pigeons away from office blocks etc.
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    Winter Warz

    Meredith Monk - Facing North - not merely wintery but positively arctic
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    what are you reading now?

    Along other bits and pieces (all of Gwendoline Riley, Barbara Skeleton’s diaries, The Dance to the Music of Time and. TJ Clarke book on Manet and after) my main focus is the new Olga Tokarczuk Books of Jacob which is loosely based on the story of Jacob Frank who claimed himself the Messiah to a...
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    Roiling football blather

    Sancho in particular- they spent a load of money on him then fuck him around because Ronaldo. It’s not like the way City slowly introduced Foden into the big time, reducing expectation until he was ready. Pep knows how to handle young talent - including taking Grealish down a peg or two when...
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    Roiling football blather

    Mate is a big Utd fan and he’s been screaming for over nearly two years to get rid. He said the biggest problem was that run they went on after Christmas last year. If there had been fans in the ground during their previous slump he suggests the board would have had to take action. Now they’ve...
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    The french

    There was a great discussion of his new novel on locklisted last week- some lovely clips about his writing process which is to just kind of let it happen. He also said he doesn’t make anything up which I also liked.
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    Detectives - the dominant characters of the 20th Century Discuss

    I think ex-coppers set up as private detectives. I know Graham Swift’s Light of Day uses that idea but it’s not crime novel really.
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    PREDICTION TABLET study & discussion group.

    It’s good but I think what followed is even better.
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    PREDICTION TABLET study & discussion group.

    I love that story. I heard him head it on a thing during lockdown. It was such a perfect lockdown moment. Wendy Erskine was doing a close reading of it. Just a perfect moment in a mad deranged time.
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    The french

    Just finally on Ackroyd…I was listening to this thing on Alan Garner and I was struck by how much had been stolen from him - the whole overlay of ancient and modern, the rituals of the past, the slippage and time travel between the two. It’s all there in the Owl Service and plenty of his stuff...
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    Detectives - the dominant characters of the 20th Century Discuss

    I think if Gawain is a detective then he’s very much in the mould of the set up detective where he becomes the fall guy. After all the quest he goes on ends with him avoiding sleeping with the femme fatale and then being made to kneel and wait literary for an execution which is called off right...
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    The french

    No you didn’t upset me. I am not invested either way in Albon and the Dee thing. Just thought I’d share that he did go ahead with it. I’m really interested in Higgs - he seems like someone who is quite happy not to write things just to be liked.
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    The french

    Hi did go ahead with a Dee opera
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    The french

    The one of his that I think is the most successful is Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem where he seems to strike a balance between his love of the arcane/secret knowledge strand of his work and being a proper story telling writer. English Music is an early one I enjoyed but he kind of went off...
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    what are you reading now?

    That’s very similar to how I felt after read the his last one - the sea will rise again or whatever it was called. It was very good but it was all about these aimless, washed up people, drifting, failing, slowly erasing themselves. He was very good at grubby rented rooms and tawdry caffs. I was...
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    Detectives - the dominant characters of the 20th Century Discuss

    Highsmith fits that description perfectly I think.
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    Detectives - the dominant characters of the 20th Century Discuss

    I don’t think the term literary fiction really existed before the eighties. Someone like Graham Greene was both serious and popular but the book trade seems to have forked with popular, bumpy cover books with gold titles, middlebrow sellers like William Boyd and then avowedly literary - ie not...
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