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In Defence of Ignorance

I don’t regret going to university. Given the almost unbearably limited and provincial background I came from – and the fact that I was, let’s face it, never going to be a lumberjack – university was a necessary escape. My life would have been very different had I never boarded that train one morning early…
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The Glint of Light on Broken Glass

David says: “I have a notebook called, pretentiously no doubt, my ‘Commonplace Book.’ I took the title from E. M. Forster, the first writer – so far as I recall – whose book-length biography I read (the one by P. N. Furbank). Forster’s Commonplace Book was published, long after his death, by an American university…
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The Greatest Movies Never Made

It’s said that only bad books make good movies. I’ve never believed it myself. It’s true that certain types of popular novels make stunning movies: The Godfather, Psycho, Giant. Whether the original books in these cases (by, respectively, Mario Puzo, Robert Bloch, and Edna Ferber) are “bad” is debatable: if a book has a terrific…
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