Philip Larkin

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Getting to know Philip Larkin with a new edition of his poems

"A smash of glass and a rumble of boots/Electric trains and a ripped-up phonebooth/Paint-spattered walls and the cry of a tomcat/Lights going out, and a kick in the balls." These lines are not by Philip Larkin, of course — they're by Paul Weller.
Philip is a punk rocker
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 27, 2012

The worst word

Then it happens: you look up at the TV screen and see Bono, the lead singer of U2, step up to the podium to accept a statuette for recording the Best Alternative Music album. "We shall continue to abuse our position," he says, "and fuck up the mainstrea
How F**K became our top taboo term -- and why we need it to stay that way
By TIMOTHY GOWER  |  April 03, 2009

Class acts

The cast of Bridge of Sighs — Russo’s first novel since his 2001 Pulitzer winner, Empire Falls — may have benefitted from a refresher course with Emerson.
Richard Russo’s family tidings
By JOHN FREEMAN  |  September 26, 2007

The poetry of music

Music is like poetry without words.
And vice versa, at the 2007 Gamper Festival
By BENJAMIN J. MEIKLEJOHN  |  July 25, 2007

Lucky leader

Eight hundred pages long, with another 200 pages of notes, The Life of Kingsley Amis is stunningly comprehensive.
A worthy life of Kingsley Amis
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 12, 2007

September 26, 2006

Waxing moon in Scorpio. Another excellent day for flirting, gourmandizing, or embarking on a completely bizarre diet that’s more about what you don’t do than what you do. “Deprivation is to me, what daffodils were to Wordsworth,” said Philip Larkin. “Les
By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  September 20, 2006