Being Beta

Exercises in the higher banter with One of 26. Elsewhere called 'poet of adland'. By a whipple-squeezer. Find out why being beta is the new alpha: betarish at googlemail dot com

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Common times

Or, a review from Saturday's Thunderer. Also below:

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COMMON GROUND
ed. Simmons, Williams, Rich

Cyan, £10

Readers travelling hopefully along the literary heritage trail in search of writers may sometimes arrive in places where they’d really rather not be and from which the literary spirit has long departed. Nevertheless, 26 scribblers were invited by the editors of this anthology to visit a BritLit place of their choice and write about the common ground they share with another writer. They didn’t all connect with dead, high-tone authors: here, too, are living punk-rock lyricists in Essex, modernists on the M40, surrealists in Swindon and an enchanter in Cheshire. Good fun.

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