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Clive James and the Oxonian Review
« : 13.06.11 at 09:04 »
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Benjamin Jellis, the Melbourne lawyer and commentator on legal issues, now reading for a BCL*at Magdalen College, Oxford, has written a nicely judged assessment of Clive James's achievements for the current issue of the Oxonian Review**.
 
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Part of James’s appeal is that he is a Cambridge-educated thinker who will use any medium available, from poetry to magazines, from travel-writing to television appearances, to speak to the public. James is an elite talent who has always refused to become elitist, driven foremost by the desire to be heard...........................
 
...............James understood that a man cannot be outlasted by a greatness that never existed in the first place. Such is his skill and the joy already provided to decades of readers, he needn’t worry about his own legacy
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**The Oxonian Review features essays and reviews of recently published work in literature, politics, history, science and the arts. It is published by graduate members of the University of Oxford, although it welcomes contributions from other University members and non-Oxford affiliates. Contributors bear sole responsibility for its content, which in no way reflects the views of the University of Oxford.
 
Founded as the Oxonian Review of Books at Balliol College, Oxford, in 2001, the Oxonian Review publishes biweekly, on Mondays, with a yearly print edition released at the end of each year. Published in print on a termly basis from 2001 to 2008, the Oxonian Review relaunched in January 2009 as an online biweekly with a yearly print run.
 
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Re: Clive James and the Oxonian Review
« Reply #1: 15.06.11 at 23:31 »
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Hi Kevin,
 
***Post 601, but who's counting?
 
not counting, no just admiring.
 
 you are I must say a prolific talent without any sign of being profligate, your postings have been a pleasure to read, and as I'm no longer lurking in the bible black morass of the ether, would hope to one day (give or take a decade)  emulate your acheivement.
 
Yet another fascinating posting, as an 'Oxford Man' ( town not gown only had the pleasure to live and work there for a while). It was nice to be reminded of the 'Oxonian Review', There was also another publication during the 80's which carried critical reviews, not as polished as the 'Oxonian' but still produced some good work.
 
 does anyone remember what it was called?  
 
 and was it ever transfered to the web?
 
all the best
 
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Re: Clive James and the Oxonian Review
« Reply #2: 16.06.11 at 09:22 »
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on 15.06.11 at 23:31, Steve Bennett wrote:
Hi Kevin,
 
[................. There was also another publication during the 80's which carried critical reviews, not as polished as the 'Oxonian' but still produced some good work.
 
 does anyone remember what it was called?  
 
 and was it ever transfered to the web?
 
all the best
 
Steve Bennett

 
on 15.06.11 at 23:31, Steve Bennett wrote:
Hi Kevin,
 
[................. There was also another publication during the 80's which carried critical reviews, not as polished as the 'Oxonian' but still produced some good work.
 
 does anyone remember what it was called?  
 
 and was it ever transfered to the web?
 
all the best
 
Steve Bennett

 
Is it possible that you confusing the Literary Review, the literary magazine founded in the late 1970s by an Edinburgh-based academic which has in its time published contributions from  Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, John Mortimer, Malcolm Bradbury, AS Byatt, Paul Johnson, David Starkey and Derek Mahon, and which is best known for its annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award, with the more specialist, because  "concerned especially with the history and development of deconstructive thinking in all areas of intellectual, cultural and political life", Oxford Literary Review?  
 
Have the deconstructionists not produced "some good work"?  In the immortal of the famous fictional Conservative Chief Whip, Francis Urquhart, I can only say "you might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment."  
 
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Re: Clive James and the Oxonian Review
« Reply #3: 16.06.11 at 10:03 »
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Thanks Kevin,  
The Grey matter is not as good as it once was...
still it was nearly 30 years ago!!
 
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