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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Friday 24 May 2013
If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.
Sunderland 1 Everton 0 match report: Stephane Sessègnon strike brings reward for Paulo Di Canio’s battlers
Sunday 21 April 2013
Stephane Sessegnon's second goal in a week handed Paolo Di Canio victory in his first home game as Sunderland eased themselves further clear of relegation trouble.
Wednesday 27 March 2013
Spending structure allows Llambias to show off a club in the black rather than deep in debt
Saturday 23 March 2013
What to do
Tuesday 12 March 2013
British Airways' takeover of rival airline BMI led to fuller and larger planes taking off and landing at Heathrow last month, taking the airport's passengers numbers up to a record 4.85 million.
Saturday 09 March 2013
What to do
Sunday 10 February 2013
Friday 08 February 2013
Where do you find love in a town with a heart as cold as iron?
Sunday 27 January 2013
Listeners tuned into today’s special edition of Desert Island Discs, recorded at the home of Burma’s pro-Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, could hear the excitement of the programme’s famously unflappable presenter Kirsty Young as she introduced the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights campaigner “known in Burma simply as ‘The Lady’”.
Sunday 27 January 2013
Given their ancient associations with beauty, it's not surprising that roses turn up in your bathroom cabinet more than any other flower, and in so many forms. In cosmetics, it's a conceptual thing – how many lipsticks, glosses, blushers and primers come with rose-based names, promising velvety, petal-softness and delicate hues?
Tuesday 08 January 2013
Cameron and Clegg insist coalition is 'steadfast and united'
Friday 04 January 2013
IAG could avert strike at Iberia
Saturday 29 December 2012
Supermarkets have devoted less space to organic food as customers have reined in their spending
Tuesday 11 December 2012
This may not be a happy Christmas for Newcastle. The team who threatened the Champions League last season have turned into something quite different. Last night, they did almost nothing right, and were flattered by their 2-1 defeat to Fulham.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Our diarist reports some deeply felt remarks by the former Tory MP
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
Emergency data law: David Cameron plots to bring back snoopers’ charter
NUT strike: David Cameron announces crackdown on strike action ahead of mass industrial action
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