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May 2021, Issue 496 Dmitri Levitin on Dante * Tanya Harrod on Barbara Hepworth * Jonathan Sumption on catastrophe * Caroline Moorehead on Napoleon's love of gardens * Andrew Gailey on the partition of Ireland * George Prochnik on German Jerusalem * David Wheatley on D H Lawrence * D J Taylor on Monica Jones & Philip Larkin * Bridget Kendall on translation * Anthony Cummins on Sunjeev Sahota * James Womack on Spanish short stories * Piers Brendon on Churchill's history of Sudan * Wendy Moore on mystery illnesses * Ange Mlinko on Louise Glück *  and much, much more…

David Wheatley

Burning Man: The Ascent of D H Lawrence

By Frances Wilson

Half a century ago Oliver Reed and Kate Millett each had a career-defining moment involving D H Lawrence: Reed when he played Gerald in Ken Russell’s 1969 film adaptation of Women in Love, with its celebrated wrestling scene, and Millett the following year, when she staged one of the great critical assassinations of Lawrence, in her Sexual Politics. Reed’s character in Women in Love feels humiliated by Gudrun’s attacks on his masculinity, tries to kill her and ends up slipping into a snowdrift, where he freezes to death. Reed had his own well-documented problems with toxic masculinity, notably when his encounter with Millett on Channel 4’s After Dark descended into a drunken assault. I wonder how much distance there is these days, in the public mind, between Reed’s brainless aggression and Lawrence’s patriarchal dogmatism, so memorably skewered... read more

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Jonathan Sumption

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

By Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson (the historian, not to be confused with Neil Ferguson the epidemiologist) has written an interesting but peculiar book. It professes to be a ‘general history of catastrophe’. Wars, famines, floods, earthquakes, epidemics, exploding nuclear reactors, rail and air crashes and disasters at sea are all here. But in fact, it is mainly about epidemic disease, in particular Covid-19. Even the parts that are not... read more

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