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Morrissey: The King of Bedsit Angst Grows Up

Will Self, Observer, The, 1995

Heaven knows he was miserable then. Morrissey was the archetypal mixed-up young man: anti-fun, seemingly tortured by his sexuality, with a detached and ironic worldview. His peculiarly English brand of Ortonesque camp has made him a national treasure. We find Morrissey in mature mode. Has the boy outsider become an adult and joined the rest of the human race?

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