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Blog entries on '13 February 2006'

Monday 13 February 2006

Now with tags!

We (thanks Lee) have just added tags ("book and publishing news", "authors", "blogosphere", "events", "personal", "technical", "music" and "manchester" so far) to RSB to help you navigate the RSB blog content a bit better. You'll find the wee 'tag' link underneath the "posted by Mark Thwaite" bit on each blog entry. No doubt, you'll have seen the like before. If not, check out e.g. Technorati.

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Monday 13 February 2006

More from Mitchelmore

Regular readers of RSB will know how highly I rate the writing of fellow blogger Stephen Mitchelmore. Steve, who writes both at Splinters and at his own, superb blog This Space (and, I'm always thrilled to note, has contributed a number of reviews to RSB), has this week had his third article in the TLS in about as many months. This time Steve critiques Keith Ridgway's Animals in a fine piece of writing that is about as taut and as philosophical as it gets.

Posted by Mark Thwaite

Monday 13 February 2006

James Williams

This weeks' Books of the Week are Christine Brooke-Rose's last and latest novel Life, End of (Carcanet Press) and James Williams' Understanding Poststructuralism (Acumen). James, you'll also note, is this week's RSB interviewee. I'll be publishing an extract from his excellent Understanding Poststructuralism later in the week.

As I mention in my interview with James, Understanding Poststructuralism is bound to be sold as an introductory text for students, but it is actually an awful lot better than many such books are. James is obviously in full command of his material and his very clearly written book mounts a strong defence of the importance of poststructuralism and some of its key thinkers. I'd highly recommend it.

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As you sow, so shall you reap. The bags packed,
Umbers and gold swollen between the purse-strings,
Getaway cars nose on a hot scent.
Under striped canvas the patrons gather,
Staring at blue, incorrigible seas.
The stubble burns a hole in summer's pocket;
Upon the baked crust of their world, the mice
Scatter their ashes to the harvest moon.

-- Peter Scupham
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