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Blowhard

Remind you of anyone? More fascinating satirical images of Il Duce here. HT @CurseandtheCure

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Good vibes, bad sound

A mixed bag at the Festival Hall. My review of the latest Transatlantic Sessions roadshow: In the end the joie de vivre pouring forth on the stage made up for the oddly harsh sound mix. Amplification isn’t usually a problem … Continue reading

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Careers advice

Courtesy of Nigel Molesworth.

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The Nix, the hype

My Times review of the much-lauded debut novel from Nathan Hill: Can a novel attract too much attention? That might sound like a foolish question in the age of digital distraction, when writers know they are competing with the cookbooks of … Continue reading

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Winter mist

The Thames near Cliveden.

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Notebook

The most striking novelty of the American landscape today, to anyone who knows it pretty well, is a little box about as big as a prairie schoolhouse. These boxes are trim and white and you see them every thirty miles, … Continue reading

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Notebook

Often, even in court, one had to pinch oneself to realize the enormity of the events we were discussing. Much of the time, however, merely to keep oneself from becoming uncontrollably angry, it was necessary to erect some kind of … Continue reading

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The best (and worst) of 2016

I’ve already posted my favourite folk/world music and jazz albums of the year, so here are my  other cultural highs and lows. Best gigs. Audra McDonald, Leicester Square Theatre, Jan. I’ve always found her studio recordings too icily perfect, but … Continue reading

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Notebook

Leipzig dominated the conversation at the Steinitzes yesterday. A married sister of the wife lives there. When the warning came, the couple ran down to the cellar, the bombs started exploding, and most of their house collapsed. They were rescued, … Continue reading

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Morning fog, Cookham Bridge

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