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54Oxford’s poetry revolution Forty years ago, inspired by the 1968 revolts in Paris, I tried to get the glamorous Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko elected as Oxford’s professor of poetry. BERNARD WASSERSTEIN
10Matters of taste The day Idismembered a pig. ALEX RENTON
20Washington watch Latest on the Iowa caucuses. TUMBLER
30This sporting life Life after doping. GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT
37Letter from Jerusalem My fight for freedom of information. GERSHOM GORENBERG
46Lab report A surfer’s theory of everything. PHILIP BALL
53Rivers of Babylon Iraq’s revolutionary television. NIBRAS KAZIMI
58Brussels diary Slovenia’s troubles. MANNEKEN PIS
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60The wink In the old people’s home, Jean saw him again. This time, she knew what to do. RUTH RENDELL
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66The pricks of conscience Why are writers expected to comment on political issues? LINDA GRANT
68Grandmasters of war Daniel Johnson’s history of cold-war chess is muddled and biased. ERIK TARLOFF
69Stages of history Why does Michael Billington’s story of British postwar theatre ignore musicals? ROBERT GORE-LANGTON
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What next for Kosovo? MARY FITZGERALD on the other side of the Irish success story ANDREW JACK looks ahead to life in Russia after Putin
70Grandstanding pity More preening self-regard and rancid bad faith from John Berger. FREDERIC RAPHAEL
64Widescreen Faces in films. MARK COUSINS
72Private view Sickert’s Camden town nudes. BEN LEWIS
77Smallscreen Cranford’ s a cracker. CHRISTOPHER HIRD
80Performance notes The meaning of Stockhausen.
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RADEK SIKORSKI recalls his time as a Polish defence minister in the early 1990s
BEN LEWIS tells communist jokes ERNEST GELLNER on what was left after the collapse of communism
CHAKRAVARTHI RAM-PRASAD asks why western philosophers ignore eastern thinkers
BRYAN MAGEE laments the quality of philosophical writing
HANS-JOHANN GLOCK tries to bridge the gap between the continental and analytic traditions
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