Beating is Not The Same Thing as Buggery

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Since, so far as I can tell, all 5 million of the Literary Review’s readers – with the sole exception of myself – are writing/have written at least one book, they will know what I mean by ‘the myths of publishing’. One of the most enduring and fatuous of these myths is the notion that […]

Sweetly Vicious Old Lady

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

This is a terrible tale of decline. Long before the end of his life Truman Capote was detested by virtually everyone he knew. His closest friends and his lifelong enemies were finally united in their contemptuous dismissal of him as a little shit, a snake, or ‘that little toad’. Yet it had not always been […]

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