The Frogs Fall Silent

Posted on by David Gelber

Margaret Atwood is a virtuoso of the key change, and her range of key is nowhere better demonstrated than in her short stories. At one level, the changes arc effected through shifts of vocabulary: in each story the language of the protagonist – an adolescent, a political activist, a housewife suppressing anxiety through facetiousness – […]

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He Danced with Molotov

Posted on by David Gelber

Anyone who believes that Gorbachov’s reforms can really change any thing would do well to ponder the contents of this book. Communism, according to Stefan Staszewski, is ‘the rule of the minority over the majority. The restructuring of society against the wishes of the population. Absolute intolerance towards other social and political conceptions. Finally, communism […]

The Playhouse Called Remarkable

Posted on by David Gelber

I was telling my friend Moon Biglow the other day that I was going to Hampstead to see some literary people. ‘Oh, littery people,’ said Moon – because that’s how he talks. ‘Oh, Hampstead!’ said Moon. ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘I’m going to read a story to illustrate the Uprise of my Downfall.’ Moon turned a […]

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Minnesota Man

Posted on by Tom Fleming

These two books are the faint traces of a long obsolete argument that nevertheless refuses to die. It was Dylan’s distinct misfortune to become a wordy, allusive pop star at the very point when early pop culturists were attempting to stake out pop’s position among the ‘fine arts’ of literature and poetry. Yet as time […]

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