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Naipaul Dismisses Women Writers
VS Naipaul has had a tumultuous week. On Monday, he patched up a feud with Paul Theroux. On Tuesday, he said he knew of no woman writer, including Jane Austen, who could match his talent. Of Jane Austen in particular, he spoke dismissively of “her sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world”. “Women writers,” said the 78 year-old, “are different, they are quite…
‘Mensch’s Men’ Show Characteristic Condescension
When Jonnie Marbles attacked Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie during Murdoch father and son’s appearance before a parliamentary committee last week, he chose a fine time to do it. It was just after Conservative MP Louise Mensch had asked James Murdoch a pointed question: “Can you just tell me whether or not the Taylor settlement included a confidentiality clause?” It turns out that…
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