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Blog entries on '26 August 2005'

Friday 26 August 2005

Stewart Martin on Sebald

An abstract of Stewart Martin's W.G. Sebald and the modern art of memory is up on the Radical Philosophy site. I think Martin's piece is convoluted and, ultimately, wrong-headed, but it is a serious article and deserves a full response ...

The latest issue of Radical Philosophy (number 133; not listed on their site as yet) has an interesting article about David Peace's GB84, by Joseph Brooker, which is worth reading too.

GB84 deserves attention on the Left, since its political knowledge and commitment are relatively unusual in contemporary British fiction. Indeed, while not all its risks may be judged successful, the book's formal experiments merit the attention of anyone interested in the current possibilities of fiction - and of historical fiction in particular.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 26 August 2005

The Monster at our Door

Alarmingly in the news at the moment is the "global threat of Avian Flu". And that happens to be the subtitle of Mike "City of Quartz" Davis's new book The Monster at our Door.

Avian Flu is, according the to the front cover of the proof I have here in front of me a "terrifying story of a looming world pandemic that could kill 100 million people". I've never thought of Davis as a particularly alarmist writer, so I'll ignore the scary cover and melodramatic title and take a read of this this evening.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Friday 26 August 2005

Back from Austria

Well, I'm back from Austria (which was wonderful) and ready, I hope, to start blogging regularly again on the new look site.

I've still got a fair amount of work to do moving content over from the old site, but I'm also keen to crack on with bringing lots of new content, interviews, reviews and comment on board.

Inevitably, when on holiday, I read a few books, most noteworthy being JM Coetzee's novels Disgrace and The Life and Times of Michael K. I thought the latter was superb; I thought the former a little didactic ... but I'll comment more on both anon.

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