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Roundup: “The Waste Land” Centenary

–The centenary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land has been marked in several print and broadcast media. The Washington Post notes the poem’s appearance in Brideshead Revisited: First published in the inaugural October 1922 issue of Eliot’s literary magazine, the Criterion, … Continue reading

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Roundup: Boris Johnson, Arcadia and a Feghoot

–The New Statesman mentions Waugh twice in separate articles recounting the last days of Boris Johnson’s premiership. The first is by Jason Cowley and is entitled “In 2019 Boris Johnson had everything he wanted. But the gods were waiting for … Continue reading

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P J O’Rourke 1947-2022 R.I.P.

American satirist P J O’Rourke died earlier this week at the age of 74. He made his name as a conservative commentator but was an equal opportunity satirist. For example,  according to the obituary in the Washington Post, he once … Continue reading

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MLK Birthday Roundup

–In the Daily Telegraph, combining elements of the travel and gardening columns, Matt Collins describes a recent trip to the Atlantic island of Madeira: Upholding at least six of writer Paul Theroux’s 10 golden rules of travel, I went alone … Continue reading

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Brideshead Floribundum

Waugh’s most popular book Brideshead Revisited seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. Much, but not all of this is directed to prior and projected film and TV adaptations: —The Spectator’s supplement Spectator Life several weeks ago posted … Continue reading

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Roundup: Boyd, Banville and Paper Hats

–Novelist William Boyd is interviewed in The Times by Robbie Millen. This is on the occasion of the publication of Boyd’s new novel Trio  which is about the creation of a film in the late 1960s. After establishing Boyd’s somewhat … Continue reading

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Early November Roundup

–The Daily Mail reprints extracts from the gossipy personal diaries of journalist and biographer Kenneth Rose. These are from the second volume entitled Who Wins, Who Loses? covering the period 1979-2014: March 29, 1982. Geoffrey Warnock [Oxford vice-chancellor] tells me … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Roundup

–The Washington Post has an op-ed article by Anne Applebaum that opens with this comparison between Donald Trump and Lord Copper from Waugh’s novel Scoop: “A few sharp victories, some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the Patriot side and … Continue reading

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J D Salinger Centenary Observed

Today is the centenary of the birth of US novelist J D Salinger. This is marked in a retrospective article by Martin Chilton in today’s issue of The Independent that opens with this: The Manhattan-born author notoriously went into suburban … Continue reading

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Mr Trump Puts Out More Flags

The Washington Post earlier this week revealed that Donald Trump was planning a huge military parade like those previously mounted following the victorious end of a war. In response, one of their columnists (Dana Milbank) suggests what Trump needs is … Continue reading

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