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Preview: Times Literary Supplement – July 8, 2022

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This week’s @TheTLS , featuring @Godwin_lives on Shelley’s unfinished poems; @devoneylooser on Charles Austen and the slave trade; @jeres on the life of a plongeur; @Mika_R_S on Anna Wintour; @RozKaveney on Samuel R. Delany; @nheller on the Buddha’s tooth – and more.

Preview: Times Literary Supplement – July 1, 2022

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@TheTLS – July 1, 2022. Featuring Kenneth Rogoff on inflation; @KuperSimon on the Tour de France; @natsegnit on the ultrawealthy; Terry Eagleton on Geoff Dyer; @amyhawk_ on Hong Kong; @scheffer_pablo on climate change in medieval literature – and more.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – July 4, 2022

Two neighbors sit on their respective porches. One house has socially progressive signage in the front yard and the...

Chris Ware’s “House Divided”

The artist discusses America’s fractured present and his fears for the future.

By Françoise Mouly, Art by Chris Ware

“Am I laughably naïve to think we might all somehow grow up and continue this relatively youngish two-hundred-and-forty-six-year-old experiment? I’m starting to think I am,” the artist Chris Ware said. His cover for the July 4, 2022, issue of the magazine captures the divides underlying this year’s Independence Day celebrations. As suburban real-estate agents prepare to carpet the nation’s lawns with miniature flags, millions of Americans are riveted to the proceedings of the House select committee investigating the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Down the street, the Supreme Court struck down, on June 23rd, a New York state law restricting the ability to carry a gun in public, even as the Senate voted to pass gun-control legislation in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting

Reading: New York Times Book Review – June 26, 2022

Ten Books to Understand the Abortion Debate in the United States

Nearly 50 years ago, the Supreme Court legalized abortion. The decision has since divided the country. Now that the court has overturned Roe v. Wade, here are 10 books that outline the history and the terms of the debate.

Dorset Views: Is This Thomas Hardy’s Wessex?

Thomas Hardy’s depictions of a fictional Wessex and his own dear Dorset are more accurate than they may at first appear, says Susan Owens.

We feel a frisson when a real place plays a key part in a novel. The Cobb at Lyme Regis will always be associated with silly Louisa Musgrove and her tumble in Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Knole in Kent with Virginia Woolf’s hero-heroine Orlando. Thomas Hardy, however, took the use of known locations to another level. He may have invented the characters in his novels, but he made them walk along actual roads, look across valleys at real views and live in recognisable villages and towns — sometimes, even in identifiable buildings.

For all its operatic symbolism, Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891) is a novel in which practical footwear matters. Among its heart-breaking moments is when Tess’s walking boots are discovered stuffed in a hedge where she had hidden them, mistaken for a tramp’s pair and taken away, forcing her to walk many miles back home along a rough road in pretty, but thin-soled, patent-leather ones.

A map depicting Hardy’s Wessex by Emery Walker, drawn for Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Credit: BBC / Album

Those who live in the country come to know land by ear as much as by eye. Hardy’s characters are expert in this — even in the dark and when drunk, as in Desperate Remedies (1871): ‘Sometimes a soaking hiss proclaimed that they were passing by a pasture, then a patter would show that the rain fell on some large-leafed root crop, then a paddling plash announced the naked arable.’

Preview: London Review Of Books – June 23, 2022

In the latest issue – 23 June 2022

Preview: Times Literary Supplement – June 17, 2022

This week’s Times Literary Supplement @TheTLS, featuring @muldoonpoetry on Ulysses at 100; John Fuller on Auden; @MatthewReiszTHE on science reporting; @MalikShushma on elite women in Rome; @majorjonnyd on Yorkshire – and more.

Preview: Times Literary Supplement – June 10, 2022

Times Literary Supplement (TLS), June 10, 2022 – This week’s @TheTLS, featuring @ianground on Wittgenstein’s notebooks; @CaroDuttlinger on Kafka’s drawings; @wander2wonder on Budapest; Emily Barton on Mieko Kawakami; @sophieolive on fabric; @TobyLichtig on Jarvis Cocker – and more.

Preview: The New Yorker Magazine – June 13, 2022

Preview: London Review Of Books – June 9, 2022

London Review of Books, June 9, 2022 –

The new issue is now online, featuring Jonathan Meades’s #platinumjubilee tribute,

@mmschwartz on the Bataclan trial,

@MJCarter10 on Desert Island Discs, Colin Burrow on Stanley Cavell, Jo Applin on Judy Chicago and a cover by Naomi Frears: http://lrb.co.uk