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About clivedav184z

Journalist and reviewer for The Times & Sunday Times, etc Twitter: CliveDavisUK Facebook: www.facebook.com/clive.davis.10 Instagram: clivephotos

Final lap of the Olympics

He appeared at the opening ceremony in Rio, so I’m assuming he won’t be in tonight’s closing show too. But who needs an excuse to play some Gilberto Gil?  This is my favourite version of “Expresso 2222”, performed live with … Continue reading

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The man who stopped remembering

In today’s Times, my review of “Patient H.M”,  Luke Dittrich’s book about the strange life of Henry Molaison: He remains a ghost in the end. The only photograph of the adult Henry Molaison to appear in this ambitious, impassioned but frustrating book … Continue reading

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Trifecta

Now that’s what you call a publishing triple-whammy: Hitler, golf and the Olympics, all in one book.

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Outsider

I should have paid more attention. Until this morning, I had no idea that the economics editor of the Guardian was in the anti-EU camp: When I voted for Brexit on 23 June, I did so for three reasons: because … Continue reading

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Waters of March revisited

The advent of the Rio Olympics has given me a good excuse to link some of my favourite Brazilian music on Twitter. This one is slightly different: the multilingual Stacey Kent sings a French version of one of Jobim’s greatest … Continue reading

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Notebook

That was the whole point, after all. To do with a few swipes of a blade what years on an analyst’s couch, or in an asylum’s cell, failed to accomplish. Freeman expended a great deal of energy trying to gather … Continue reading

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Going up or coming down?

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Over-hyped & over here

Every critic in America seems to be raving about Paul Beatty’s novel, “The Sellout”. I wish I knew why. My review in The Times: “Swiftian satire of the highest order,” declared The Wall Street Journal. “Among the most important and difficult … Continue reading

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Readers vs burners

In honour of #NationalBookLoversDay, the Japanese poster for Truffaut’s  adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451”. [HT: @41Strange]

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Nina’s man

The arrival of “The Philips Years” – seven albums spanning the mid -1960s – gave me the perfect excuse to revisit some of Nina Simone’s most idiosyncratic recordings. The “Pastel Blues” set, for instance, seems to get overlooked nowadays, but … Continue reading

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