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Review of ‘Tiger Head, Snake Tails’ by Jonathan Fenby

This review was originally published by OpenDemocracy. Big-but-piecemeal reform will only exacerbate weaknesses elsewhere in the Chinese system, since everything is connected… Fenby isn’t just right about the biases and simplifications that are commonplace in airport-book ‘polemics’ about China – he is right for the right reasons. In recent years there has been…

Lionel Shriver is right.

‘A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.‘ – Samuel Johnson I’ve not read any of Shriver’s books. I’ve read her articles, seen her interviewed, and sat with delicious discomfort through the film version of ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin.’ Over time I have warmed to her public persona…

Booker Review: ‘The Sellout’ by Paul Beatty

Did you ever hear about the case of Me v. The United States? The defendant, a slave-owner, was accused of subverting the U.S. Constitution by attempting to re-segregate his home city. That the Supreme Court should have heard such a case whilst America had its first black Commander-in-Chief is pretty depressing. But perhaps even more appalling…

‘This Glass is Cracked’

This Glass is Cracked Four red glasses. The first to generosity, The last to spirituality. The second and the third to the fourth. The glass is cracked. Made to spill onto the table, Above the table, under it, And into the streets, this glass Seldom either full or dry. Always…

‘Mercury’

Mercury I run to the end, Sun-dulled, when the sweating ebbs And home matters more than rest, And the great salt plain lacerates My vision. I outrun myself. No finishing line, no line That holds still. The garden path throbs with weeds. Tongues through cracked lips. Between half-breaths, those trees,…

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