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A weekly culture and ideas podcast brought to you by the Times Literary Supplement.

    Slave driver, the table is turn

    Slave driver, the table is turn

    Colin Grant on several hundred years of Jamaican excellence and dysfunction; fifty years since the death of E. M. Forster, Michael Caines considers Forster’s legacy as a novelist and critic; the poet A. E. Stallings on an Athens slowly emerging from lockdown
     
    The Confounding Island: Jamaica and the postcolonial predicament by Orlando Patterson
     
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    How to be alone

    How to be alone

    The poet and novelist Adam Foulds on the evolution of loneliness and its traditionally privileged cousin, solitude; Sam Leith on thrills, spills and racism in Willard Price’s children’s Adventure series; Molly Guinness dips into 300-odd years of children’s books and finds leaden instruction, radical ideas and pure nonsense




    A History of Solitude by David Vincent
    A Biography of Loneliness: The history of an emotion by Fay Bound Alberti
    Discovering Children’s Books, the British Library online
    British Literature Catalogue, Peter Harrington
     
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    Townies and gownies

    Townies and gownies

    Hirsh Sawhney files a lockdown dispatch from New Haven, Connecticut, the uneasy home of Yale University; Arin Keeble talks us through the tricksy, rewarding and under-known work of Percival Everett; Lauren Kassel on the history of astrology, one of the oldest, most complex, intellectually powerful – and controversial – sciences
     
    Telephone by Percival Everett
    A Scheme of Heaven: Astrology and the birth of science by Alexander Boxer
     
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    ‘How does it smell?’

    ‘How does it smell?’

    The TLS’s philosophy editor Tim Crane guides us through a selection of reviews and essays from this week’s issue, including on the future of AI and what Thomas Hobbes, Susan Sontag, Montaigne and the trolley problem can tell us about our present predicament; the novelist Will Eaves re-reads Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, “a caravan of episodes, made up of people going through the same horror in different ways”, and ponders a big-screen adaptation…
     
     
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    Grotesquely good

    Grotesquely good

    Ian Buruma on the twentieth-century Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, a fascist and a fabulist with a hunger for war and a remarkable way of capturing it; Sue Stuart-Smith on gardening in the trenches of the First World War and the concept of horticultural therapy; to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the TLS's history editor David Horspool talks us through a range of books, articles and essays covering the Second World War


    Selected books
    Diary of a Foreigner in Paris, by Curzio Malaparte, translated from the Italian and the French by Stephen Twilley
    The Well-Gardened Mind: The restorative power of nature, by Sue Stuart-Smith
    Dresden: The fire and the darkness, by Sinclair McKay
    The Volunteer: The true story of the resistance hero who infiltrated Auschwitz, by Jack Fairweather
     
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    • 59 min
    Easy as ABC?

    Easy as ABC?

    James Waddell on the disorderly history of alphabetic order; Beejay Silcox, who fled Cairo for Western Australia as the coronavirus spread, tells a tale of star-crossed lovers; Jordan Sand gives a short cultural history of mask-wearing


    A Place for Everything: The curious history of alphabetical order by Judith Flanders
     
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4.4 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

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I enjoy the show but please, what’s with the name? It makes me cringe every time

Isabel Croz ,

Gets better and better

Stieg annoyed the hell out of me for the first 3 or 4 episodes, but now I love him. The genuine warmth in the relationship between he and Thea shines through and makes this an intelligent show that I also enjoy spending time with.

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Great eclectic podcast

Great eclectic literary podcast covering wide range of topics. Very educational- at least for me. Thea and Stig great interviewers and I love the canine backdrop. Highly recommended.

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