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S J Birkill
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Clive James -- twelve months gone
« : 24.11.20 at 21:27 »
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Today is the anniversary of Clive's death. We should contemplate again the under-recognised beauty and brilliance of the songs he wrote for Pete Atkin, alongside the other outlets he found for his skill with words. I'm still working to preserve the legacy of his dazzling eloquence in poetry and prose, and the wit, wisdom and humanity of his cultural commentary, by attempting to collect all of his output -- an immense body of work -- into the thousands of pages which constitute what I'm calling "Phase 2" (being the augmentation process) of my Clive James Website Archive at https://archive.clivejames.com. Cultural Amnesia is currently under way in the "Books" section. Note that once you've selected a section and menu item you can use the blue 'Previous'/'Next' buttons to sequence through the other pages in the section with minimum delay.
 
Please take a moment to see how it's coming along. If you like it, tell your friends.
 
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Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone
« Reply #1: 03.12.20 at 01:12 »
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Thank you for resurrecting Clive's website in its former splendor!
And thank you for reminding us of the anniversary of his death. It's still hard to accept that we can never again look forward to a new review or book from him.
 
However, I am surprised that a collection of Clive's fugitive essays has not been published. I'm thinking of all the work collected in the "Other Recent Articles" section of his website. As Clive wrote, "All the articles in this section have been written since The Revolt of the Pendulum came out in 2009, and are thus queuing up to be loaded aboard a collection of their own, which might not be assembled in my lifetime."
 
I hope they'll be assembled sometime, nevertheless!
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Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone
« Reply #2: 16.12.20 at 15:30 »
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The website is looking great, Steve. And yes, a posthumous collection of the fugitive essays (which would be a great title) is necessary.
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Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone
« Reply #3: 16.12.20 at 19:23 »
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The Fugitive Essays -- splendid title, Rob. I see it has been used before (Royce, Chodorov), but then most of the good ones are worthy of re-use, aren't they. I'll mention it to Claerwen, in case she hasn't thought of it already, or indeed got something lined up for 2021 release.
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Re: Clive James -- twelve months gone
« Reply #4: 28.01.21 at 21:19 »
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Ian Shircore recently published the article "The Enduring Prose and Poetry of Clive James" in Quadrant: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2021/01/the-enduring-prose-and-poetry-of-clive-james/
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