Books
04 December 2008
Being a poet himself, Percy Bysshe Shelley was fairly starry-eyed about poetry. Poets, he wrote in his celebrated...
Culture
17 July 2008
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) was one of the great literary, cultural and artistic polymaths of the 20th century. In...
Culture
03 July 2008
As I stare out to sea from the Leas, Folkestone, I think about how some old seaside towns seem to be living posthumous...
International Politics
24 April 2008
Look at any constellation up in the night sky. Some stars will be shining more brightly than others. I am standing in a...
Ideas
17 April 2008
Early this month, 20 new paintings by Howard Hodgkin went on show at the Gagosian Gallery in Britannia Street, one of...
Music and Performance
19 March 2008
Imagine you are constantly on the road. It is the life you have chosen. Every day brings a new city, the ghastly...
International Politics
13 March 2008
It seems fitting that W G Sebald's enthrallingly graphic and gruesome account of the firebombing of Hamburg in 1943...
Books
14 February 2008
The Chinese are coming, cry the commentators, economic and political. Hold on a minute, reply the poets, those...
Culture
31 January 2008
In Eastern Europe during the decades before communism fell, samizdat literature possessed a raw, pent-up energy...
Books
24 January 2008
What exactly are poems? And what are they good for? In the 20th century the pre-eminent poetic mode was the lyric, and...
Books
15 November 2007
Some poets are forever messing with their poems, trying to make them better. Or perhaps less bad. Think of W H Auden,...
Culture
08 November 2007
This major retrospective of the career of the sculptor Alberto Giacometti, which spreads across the entire top floor of...
Books
23 May 2005
I begin with a 10am call to John Ashbery's house in Hudson, upstate New York. "I'm afraid John is asleep at the moment...
Culture
04 December 2000
A major touring exhibition of the work of the Chicago-born painter Leon Golub has just closed at the Irish Museum of...
Culture
22 May 2000
The former Bankside power station, once a grim pile on the wrong side of the Thames, is now universally regarded as a...

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