Pearls: The Week in Brief, 16/06/10

Joyce in Trieste, 1915. Image:

Happy Bloomsday!

I wonder what it was like to study English Literature at an Egyptian University. Hmm.

This seems quite a pertinent question to ask at the moment: will we ever escape Facebook?

Adam Mars-Jones, twice selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists (in 1983 and 1992), writes about what he’s listening to.

Why seeking out that mythical and elusive beast, the Literary Hero, is like conversing with a goose.

Football is only going to get more boring, apparently. And it is all globalization’s fault.

The coalition government has got itself into a right old pickle about universities.

Has anyone seen Marco Materazzi? Or, for that matter, Italy’s fans?

J.G. Ballard was a sneaky, sneaky man.

Picked by Daniel Davies


One response to “Pearls: The Week in Brief, 16/06/10

  1. Also, if you were hoping for some radical political change soon, I’ve got some bad news for you. It’s not going to happen, and it’s football that’s stopping it. (So says that old Marxist Catholic agitator Terry Eagleton)

    Special mention should also go to the address the Guardian has used for that article. It looks like a flow diagram of sorts: football -> socialism -> crack cocaine.

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