The Corner

Start The Week…

With the following opening paragraph from an article in the March Literary

Review. This is one of the few remaining magazines with no web presence at all. It is also one of the few magazines I read cover to cover. You can

get a subscription ($84 per annum, airmail) from FREEPOST LON 17199, London

SW20 8BR. Here is the paragraph, from an article by Matthew Leeming: “I am

staying at the Kabul Intercontinental, which I can safely say is the worst

hotel in the world. Two guests have recently drowned in the swimming pool.

There is no cold water, let alone hot. Electricity is intermittent. The

lifts don’t work, so I must get to my room by the service staircase and the

kitchen. The only reason I stay here is that the bookshop is excellent and

sells Tajik vodka, which gives one a very specialised and unpleasant form of

hangover, like a new and even more unpleasant form of consciousness.

Journalists stay here because it is expensive and this, they feel, goes some

way towards punishing their employers for their discomfort.”

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