Food and Drink
18 December 2000
When Keith Douglas was killed in action, a few days after the first Normandy landings, he was just 24. He left behind...
Books
11 December 2000
Anthologising must be a hellish business. First, you have to come up with a coherent organising principle, preferably...
Books
18 September 2000
What would drive a fastidious, fattish, fortyish man to clamber into a small canoe and spend two months paddling his...
Books
31 July 2000
The Holocaust is one of those subjects that tends to make otherwise reasonable, intelligent individuals go a little bit...
Culture
24 July 2000
What!? A history of shit? Can Dominique Laporte have been serious? This book was written in 1978, long before Alan...
Books
19 June 2000
Once upon a time, there was a foreign correspondent called Fergal Keane. He was a good and brave man, who reported with...
Books
24 January 2000
The poetry of a far-off time or place, Ezra Pound wrote, "requires a translation not only of word and of spirit, but of...
Books
09 August 1999
There were moments, reading Michael Hofmann's new book of poems, when I felt I'd strayed into a private conversation,...
Culture
26 March 1999
If poetry, as Auden wrote, "makes nothing happen", what is it for? If it has no public or political function, is it...
Culture
19 February 1999
Mr Spock was always my favourite character in Star Trek: a self-styled biological computer whose thought waves flowed...

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