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Tuesday 30 December 2003

... December 30th ...

Some great stuff arrived in the (post)Christmas post ... An important title for next year (March) is Granta's The President of Good and Evil by Peter Singer ("[h]ow well do the ethics of George W. Bush stand up to scrutiny by one of the world's leading philosophers?"). Other books include Canongate's reissue of cult favourite Jim Dodge's Stone Junction (out 22nd January) and the paperback of the widely praised I'm Not Scared (which does look brilliant) by Niccolo Ammaniti (out 12th February). Geoff Dyer's much vaunted Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered to Do It (Abacus) looks great and I indulged myself by buying Lynne Truss's runaway punctuation success Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Profile). Routledge sent through Nigel Warburton's The Art Question which is a lovely looking primer on art theory. I finished Michael Marr's Bluebeard's Chamber (Verso) which I found rather dense. There is no doubt that this is an intelligent and well-written essay but I cannot seeing it being widely read outside of the (presumably rather small) circle of Mann fanatics ...

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