The monotonous sublime. Dan Jacobson on the New York writer who wanted to be "the Lindbergh, Moses, Siegfried, the Odysseus of America" but ended up a defeated drunk
31 March 2003
The year: late 1965. The city: Syracuse, NY. The scene: a large but under-patronised diner or student hang-out just...
09 December 2002
Here are three disconnected notes or "speculations" by T E Hulme: ''Smoothness. Hate it. This is the obsession that...
10 June 2002
The publication of the 12th and final volume of the Pilgrim Edition of Dickens's letters is an occasion: it is like a...
Towards arrogant eternity. Philip Larkin is often caricatured as a model of English miserabilism. But for Dan Jacobson he is a writer of grace and mystery, a master of self-division
22 October 2001
Philip Larkin's poetry is never obscure, but it is more complicated than either his admirers or his detractors would...
Food and Drink
30 July 2001
Tzvetan Todorov is both a historian and a moralist. Unlike many other modern historians, he sees no contradiction in...