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Come in! The kettle's on the boil!

Some of our new fellow Europeans don't like the government knowing their business. Sure, they're only human.
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Kneeling in the Ghetto

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt, now 94, insists that the proper attitude for his countrymen and women to adopt to Poland involves a continuing humility and patience.
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Against Theory

Noam Chomsky is unimpressed by the great minds of European postmodernism.
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Press Button B

Terry Eagleton will have no truck with the modern world and its noise and its gadgets and its silly babbling. Fair play to him.
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C'est la meme chose

Some non-Anglo-Saxon cultures, and particularly the French, seem prone to national panic in the face of la globalisation. But rumours and fears of cultural extinction are greatly exaggerated.
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Poet, translator, patient, sinner

Oliver Bernard was a poet and an acclaimed translator of Rimbaud. He got up to a few other things as well.
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Lydia Davis wins International Man Booker

The American minimalist short story writer follows Ismail Kadare, Chinua Achebe, Alice Munro and Philip Roth.
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Speak the Best Word

Margaret Fuller, writing in 1840, had some very pertinent things to say about people who have opinions and like to sound off.
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No talent? His eyes flashed angrily

There is still time to book for Dan Brown in Dublin and hear how he does it.
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Saloon Bar Blues

Philip Larkin is still among Britain's most read poets, which must testify to a certain appetite for gloom. Alan Bennett however finds it is sometimes all a little too much.
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Friday Night and the Lights are Low

Dancing in the Regency period may have looked from a distance like a straitlaced and buttoned-up affair, but it was vital to the reproduction of 'good society' and charged with excitement and sexual energy.
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Quiet Please

A new study examines silence in the Christian tradition and its use for good and evil.
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Carson shortlisted for RSL Prize

Liam Carson has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature/Ondaatje prize for his memoir of his parents, Call Mother a Lonely Field.
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The Beautiful German Language

Some people think it sounds harsh, and some very eminent Germans historically thought it wouldn't do, but spoken by the right person it will make you swoon.
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Those who can teach

Remembering the wonderful English actor Richard Griffiths, who died last week aged sixty-five.
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European Anti-Semitism

American novelist and short story writer Cynthia Ozick claims to find an ineradicable anti-Semitism at work in Europe. But her definition of the phenomenon may not be the same as yours or mine.
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Gentleman At Arms

Evelyn Waugh writes to his friend Dorothy Lygon about his wartime adventures and work on what was to become Brideshead Revisited.
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Moscow Year Zero

A detailed study of Moscow in the year that Stalin's purges got into full swing is, writes one reviewer, an almost impossibly rich masterpiece.
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Dreamtime in Llareggub

A little bit of Under Milk Wood for St David's Day. Mrs Ogmore-Pritchard rehearses her two late husbands.
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Was the Famine a Genocide?

Two historians clash in a Belfast radio interview on the Famine. Did the British deliberately plan for genocide by 'allowing nature to run its course'?
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