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May 16, 2017
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Poets with Cellphones

Stephen Collins for The Guardian. 

November 2, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

A rather brilliant cover for The Yellow World by Albert Espinosa, reminiscent of a Matisse cut-out or a Paul Rand illustration, designed by Jon Gray. The Sickly Glow — John Banville, author most recently of Ancient Light, reviews The Big … Continue reading

April 11, 2012
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Midweek Miscellany

A.S. Byatt by reviews Peter Carey’s latest novel The Chemistry of Tears for the Financial Times. Also at the FT: Jennie Erdal, author of The Missing Shade of Blue, on philosophical novels: The more novels I read at university, the more I … Continue reading

January 27, 2012
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Something for the Weekend

Typographica’s favourite typefaces of 2011 (pictured above: A2 Beckett designed by Henrik Kubel for A2-TYPE). The Coroner`s Report — John Banville reviews The Complete Poems by Philip Larkin for The Guardian: A “Complete Poems” is a death certificate and memorial … Continue reading

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