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Blog entries on '31 January 2006'

Tuesday 31 January 2006

Television

Jean-Philippe Toussaint's Television was reviewed (principally by Paul Morley) on Radio 4's A Good Read last week (see the complete-review's review). Astonishingly, this was apparently enough to move it into Amazon.co.uk's top 10.

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Tuesday 31 January 2006

Stand up!

Epigraph to the 18th century French revolutionary newspaper Les Révolutions des Paris (via Thivai Abhor's Dialogic):


Those above us look powerful only because we are on our knees. Let's stand up!

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Augustus

As you sow, so shall you reap. The bags packed,
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