Books
29 May 2000
Among the many myths perpetuated by cultural elitists is the idea that literature and genre fiction are antithetical....
Culture
10 April 2000
I first came across Peter Matthiessen's writing 13 years ago, while trekking in the Himalayas. The custom was for...
Books
03 April 2000
Spare a thought for Greta Waud. She loses her first husband to tuberculosis, then her second to transsexualism - he...
Food and Drink
06 March 2000
Buddhism tells us that if we wait on the river bank we will eventually see the corpses of our enemies float by....
Culture
01 November 1999
I don't know Magnus Mills' politics, but my guess is that he dresses to the left, as it were. I could imagine spending...
Culture
11 October 1999
A list of nations where a man might be glad to be gay would stretch a long way down the page before Ireland earned its...
Books
16 August 1999
Near the start of Timothy Mo's new novel, the narrator - Rey Archimedes Blondel Castro, aka Sugar, an illegitimate half...
Food and Drink
05 July 1999
Don't be misled by the title of Melissa Bank's debut collection into expecting tales of a young woman's adventures in...
Books
02 April 1999
Like most of us, I was still at school the first time I read The Diary of a Young Girl - a true-life adventure story,...
Books
19 March 1999
Imagine a world in which an ageing Arnold Schwarzenegger is the US president, Europe is terrorised by neo-fascists,...
Books
27 November 1998
A funny thing didn't happen to me on the way to this review. Three funny things, to be precise. I left a coin overnight...
Books
13 November 1998
I was living in Norwich in 1994 when the city's central library went up in flames. There was something upsetting about...

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