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(Message started by: Tiny_Montgomery on Today at 17:21)

Title: The Meaning of Recognition
Post by Tiny_Montgomery on Today at 17:21
Don't know if this has already been mentioned, but Clive has a new book of essays and reviews from Picador in October. The Meaning of Recognition: New Essays 2001-2005 is a 400-page volume, covering everything from The West Wing to Bing Crosby (a great and much underrated singer, admired by Bob Dylan, among others). Details about the new book can be found in the latest Pan Macmillan catalogue and online at Amazon.

Title: Re: The Meaning of Recognition
Post by Andrew_Curry on 30.10.06 at 20:25
This has now just come out in paperback.

The Guardian's lead paperback reviewer, Nicolas Lezard, wrote a pretty favourable column, which can be found here: http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1933202,00.html

Enough, possibly, to make even this mild Clive James' sceptic think it might be worth looking ouot for when I next found myself in a bookshop.  

An extract here:
"The writer's first duty, ahead even of getting the facts out, should be not to bore the reader, and people read James's essays because to do so is, almost all the time, fun. He also gets the facts out. I know very little about Formula One, beyond the information that it involves racing cars, but thanks to his essay here, "Formula Zero", I now consider myself basically primed on the subject and on the question of the sport's perplexing fascination for its fans. "It is all, inherently, fascinating to think about. Unfortunately it is also boring as hell to look at.""

Andrew
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