The idea of The Great American Novel feels like an albatross around the neck of that country’s literature. Sooner or later every white middle-class male writer with any kind of reputation feels obliged to have a stab at it, usually with limited success. Eventually they think it’s time to pack away all the fun stuff like storytelling, energy and plot, and make some big state-of-the-nation address, telling people exactly how things stand in the good ol’ US of A. Interestingly, America’s women writers don’t tend to feel the obligation to grandstand so strongly, and their novels are usually all the better for that.
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Saturday 18 January 2014
The rose gardens and parks of the US capital are under attack and only lethal force can save them from the doe-eyed assailants
Friday 17 January 2014
The waiting is the hardest part. Thirty-five players, led by the reappointed national captain Chris Robshaw, will arrive in the England camp between Sunday evening and Monday morning as attention switches from the Heineken Cup – or rather, what is left of the Heineken Cup – to the Six Nations, which begins in a fortnight's time. How many will be in a condition to train before the middle of next week at the earliest? Not as many as the head coach, Stuart Lancaster, would like, almost certainly.
Dissident Gardens, By Jonathan Lethem: Book review - insightful look at radical politics in New York
Friday 17 January 2014
Music looms large for Jonathan Lethem. In the past, citing Walter Pater's dictum that "all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music", he has said that he tries to make his prose "as musical as I can".
Tuesday 07 January 2014
Thursday 12 December 2013
Barely a police officer in sight as 2,000 student protesters take to London's streets
Thank you, Mr Mugabe: Zimbabwe’s forced land redistribution led to huge controversy - but it has transformed the lives of thousands of small farmers
Tuesday 05 November 2013
The tobacco industry is no longer marked by the pattern of large, white-owned farms, which have been seized and resettled
Sunday 29 September 2013
(Clockwise from top) 1. Fall in Rose Lipstick, £21, lancome.co.uk
Monday 16 September 2013
Series still to play for after another thrilling innings from England’s fastest run-maker
Tuesday 13 August 2013
History: In 1908, Bedford Ladies’ College established a campus in Regent’s Park. The campus went on to house Rockford College Illinois’ study abroad programme, The European Business School London, and the London campus of Webster University, USA. In 2006, a number of different institutions on campus merged to become Regent’s College London. In 2012, Regent’s College London gained its own taught-degree awarded powers, and in 2013, University status was granted, and the institution became Regent’s University London.
Saturday 10 August 2013
What to do
Friday 09 August 2013
History: Founded in 1954, as the Flintshire Institute of Horticulture. Merged with Deeside College and transferred Higher Education provision to Glyndwr University in 2009. Formerly known as the Welsh College of Horticulture.
Tuesday 06 August 2013
Retailers enjoyed their best July for seven years after the heatwave drove scorching sales of barbecue food, summer clothing and outdoor furniture in a “golden month”.
Wines of the week: Riscasoli Albia Rose 2011; Santa Digna Rose Reserva 2012; Les Dauphins Côtes Du Rhône 2012
Sunday 07 July 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Friday 05 July 2013
Slowly, almost imperceptibly, over the last couple of decades the children have disappeared from our streets
Friday 07 June 2013
Tom Sharpe (obituary, 7 June) arrived in Dorset shortly after the publication of Wilt, settling in a house on the edge of Bridport.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
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If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
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White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
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