Cultural Capital
11 September 2014
A kind of one-man UN.
Books
05 June 2008
"What do you think of my setting up in the magnetic line," Charles Dickens wrote to a friend in 1845, "with a large...
Books
29 November 2007
So here it is. Eleven years after the second book in John Richardson's planned four-volume A Life of Picasso, the third...
Books
04 October 2007
On the front cover, an Austin 1100 and an overturned police van going up in flames. On the back cover, an empty...
Books
20 September 2007
Frank Sinatra was the first singer who sounded like you. Bing Crosby can have you kidding yourself you can sing just as...
Books
06 September 2007
End games is right. Michael Dibdin died back in March, just nine days into his 60th year, so unless Faber...
Books
09 August 2007
One rereads Dickens, Chesterton said, because the books are so memorable. One rereads mysteries, on the other hand,...
International Politics
14 June 2007
For a book about an ugly subject, this is beautifully written. The lengthy description of the bombing of Hiroshima in...
Culture
07 June 2007
"I don't believe cinema can ever become an artistic form," bitched the 75-year-old Salvador Dalí. "It is a secondary...
Culture
04 June 2007
"How do you like your steak?" The question has to be asked of anyone thinking of seeing Lunacy. The bulk of Jan...
Books
28 May 2007
Rochester in late autumn 1945, and David Lean takes a break from filming Great Expectations to treat the locals to a...
Books
30 April 2007
Any time you find yourself thinking what a brilliant child you were (or have), read a chapter or two of this book and...
Books
19 February 2007
"Is he still alive?" Morrissey joked, after being told that Tony Visconti wanted to produce his latest album,...
Books
05 February 2007
Harry Houdini spent the best part of his 52 years travelling the globe boasting that he could get out of anything....
Culture
08 January 2007
You must remember this. Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) is looking tattered and torn, but pleased with himself all the...

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