Monthly Archives: April 2015

Günter Grass RIP

From the closing pages of his memoir, “Peeling the Onion” PS: And then, of course,  there was the young man who wore a uniform a decade earlier:  “The moral blindness of Gunter Grass” This NYT piece by Grass’s friend, John … Continue reading

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One to the heart

Remember her name. My album of the week in today’s Sunday Times [£]:  Indra Rios-Moore’s “Heartland”.

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How to be a pundit

From Oliver Burkeman’s interview with David Brooks, Obama’s favourite conservative and occupant of one of the uppermost perches at New York Times: Thus Brooks mounted the treadmill of finding two opinions per week to air in the nation’s most influential … Continue reading

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Sathnam Sanghera [£] on the Oxbridge tutorial and the art of blagging: Though, of course, the third and most serious problem with the Oxbridge tutorial system is that it does not nurture intelligence as much as teach people how to act … Continue reading

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One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. (For more on that famous artefact, see Gay Talese.) I couldn’t … Continue reading

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