Books
02 January 2012
While Byron was separating from his wife, a few months before he took off for the Continent (never to return), he...
Books
23 April 2009
I don’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse for a writer to have a style that is immediately identifiable. Colm Tóibín...
World Affairs
15 January 2009
On the eve of the election, Barack Obama and John McCain were both interviewed on the half-time show of Monday Night...
Sport
21 August 2006
I got a call from an old friend last week. The duties of the telephone are among those we both tend to shirk, but we...
Sport
07 August 2006
I went to Wimbledon for the first time this summer. I had a seat in the press rows, but it struck me, as I squeezed in...
Lifestyle
24 July 2006
One of the things I was taught at my basketball club was how to injure people. Our manager, a guy called Kampf - an...
Sport
05 June 2006
The art of losing, Liz Bishop once wrote, isn't hard to master. She could have written "arts". There are many different...
Sport
29 May 2006
Last week, for the second time in (that limited field of study known as) "baseball history", an African-American player...
Sport
22 May 2006
In last week's sunshine, I played basketball for the first time in ages - under the shadow, it should be said, of...
Lifestyle
06 February 2006
There's a Dan Flavin exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. He had a simple idea: that shop-sized tubes of neon light could...
Society
30 January 2006
On the number 16 bus, two boys talking. A fat boy and a skinny boy. First, the fat one. - I'm no smoker. Don't put that...
Lifestyle
23 January 2006
I've started to watch darts: the world title at the Lakeside in Frimley Green. It's the first sign, I think, that I've...
North America
16 January 2006
My wife, for Christmas, bought me NASN: the North American Sports Network. I felt a little like a recovering alcoholic...
Books
12 September 2005
J M Coetzee's new novel, Slow Man, reads a little like a short story. You can see the idea behind it; or rather, the...
Books
06 June 2005
Novels tend to be a game for the middle-aged: it is mostly poets who can get away with dying young. When Jonathan...

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