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Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters With British Intellectuals


Publisher:Columbia Univ Pr



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Excerpt from Fly and the Fly-Bottle: Encounters With British Intellectuals

I've spent some happy years in Oxford, and to keep in touch with England I read her newspapers. I am most at home with the Guardian, but I also like to look at the correspondence columns of the Times, where, in an exception to the Times tradition of anonymity, the writers are identified by name and speak directly to the reader. I relish a contest of words, and the Times page of letters becomes for me a street where I can stroll each morning and see the people of England - lords and commoners - shake hands, spit at each other, and set off verbal barrages. I began taking this engaging daily walk during my undergraduate years at Balliol College, Oxford, and I've kept up the habit, whether I have found myself in Paris, Damascus, New Delhi, or New York.

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