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Writing Worth Reading
* Could Liverpool Do A Leeds?
David Conn | FourFourTwo | 24 September 2010
Financial chicanery, a trail of debt, broken dreams. Magisterial,
damning account of the decisions that have taken Liverpool football club
to its current precarious position
* Tales Of Freddy Maertens
FMK | Podium Cafe | 24 September 2010
Bike-racing anecdotes from the 1970s, when races were routinely fixed
and cyclists experimented with all manner of performance enhancers.
Maertens favoured champagne mixed with fructose and caffeine
* Lennon At 70
David Kamp | Vanity Fair | 24 September 2010
What if he'd survived the shooting? In this imaginary interview, he's
doing just fine—reforming the Plastic Ono Band for a 40th anniversary
performance, despite turbulent divorce from Yoko in 1983
* Sinister Influence Of Left Hand
Anatoly Liberman | OUP Blog | 24 September 2010
Essay on etymological aspects of left- and right-handedness.
Indo-European languages have many more words for left-handedness, most
of them connoting weakness, wrongness, or an association with the north
* Touch And Go
Basharat Peer | Open | 24 September 2010
Report from Indian Kashmir. Brutal police clampdown feeds rebellion.
Suffocating curfew. More than 100 killed in past three months, including
eight-year old boy beaten to death for carrying a cricket bat
* After "Born To Run"
Keith Cameron | Guardian | 23 September 2010
"People thought we were gone, finished." Bruce Springsteen on turning
away from the urban romance and glamour of his breakthrough album, and
the downbeat social realism that's marked his work since
* The Divine Sarah
Graham Robb | NYRB | 24 September 2010
More superb writing from latest NYRB. Unexpurgated life of Sarah
Bernhardt. Sold shares in herself to lovers to finance her acting
career. Was presented with a carload of guano while touring Peru
* In The Life Of "The Wire"
Lorrie Moore | NYRB | 24 September 2010
Outstanding critical appreciation. Cumulative effect more like that of a
novel than of a TV series. Scriptwriting has been rightly and highly
praised, but acting makes an equal contribution to overall triumph
* The Pirates Are Winning
Jeffrey Gettleman | NYRB | 24 September 2010
Great colour piece, even by Gettleman's exalted standards. Pirate
economy so big, entrenched, popular, that it would have captured the
state, if only there were a state in Somalia to be captured
* It's A Them And Us Situation
Stephen Moss | Guardian | 24 September 2010
What will the Ryder Cup do for Newport? Lovely combination of gentle
humour, sense of social justice as writer revisits housing estate where
he grew up, now overlooked by luxury golfing resort
* Getting Made The Scorsese Way
Nicholas Pileggi et al | GQ | 21 September 2010
Making of modern-classic mob movie, "Goodfellas", retold through
intercut interviews with cast and crew, including writer Nick Pileggi,
director Martin Scorsese. And actor John Malkovich, who turned down a
* Higher Spleen
Leon Wieseltier | New Republic | 22 September 2010
Literary editor defends negative review of Jonathan Franzen's
"Freedom"—and negative reviews in general, where there is something
worth arguing about. "Disturbance of the peace" is the critic's vocation
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