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Blog entries on '11 April 2006'

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Through A Glass Darkly

A reminder to the London-based: Through A Glass Darkly, a joint reading from the folks at 3:AM, Scarecrow and the Sohemians, will take place this Thursday in the upstairs room of The Wheatsheaf, 24 Rathbone Place, London W1, starting at 7.30pm. Its free.

3:AM have just published their list of the 50 Least Influential People in Publishing. I am in the enviable position of being both in 3:AM's list and in the Observer list they are rightly taking the piss out of. Surely, then, I win!

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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Tuesday 11 April 2006

Two new destinations

Two new - to me - book destinations worthy of your attention: ("The Online Home of New Fiction"), which includes some nice, short reviews by Harpreet Singh; and The Poem, which is "a taster of contemporary poetry in Britain and Ireland."

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Tuesday 11 April 2006

Larkin on 3QD

Nice post on Hull's most famous son, Philip Larkin, over at 3 Quarks Daily, from Australian poet Peter Nicholson:

For Gerard Manley Hopkins there was Heaven-haven, when a nun takes the veil, and perhaps a poet-priest seeks refuge, but for Philip Larkin there is no heaven. There is Hull, and that is where Larkin, largely free of metropolitan London’s seductions, finds his poetry and his poetics.

Posted by Mark Thwaite
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Tuesday 11 April 2006

Three new reviews

I've just published three new book reviews here on RSB. All very different and all very good: Stuart Watkins provides a detailed and damning review of Daniel C. Dennett's Breaking the Spell; Ken Worpole reviews Jaroslav Andel's beautiful The New Vision for The New Architecture: Czechoslovakia 1918-1938 and Max Dunbar writes about Ed Trewavas's grim debut Shawnie.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

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The stubble burns a hole in summer's pocket;
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-- Peter Scupham
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