Nicholas Lezard is a literary critic for the Guardian and also writes for the Independent. He writes the Down and Out in London column for the New Statesman.
Why is it that when people answer the question “What’s the worst thing anyone’s ever said to you?” in the Guardian questionnaire they never say, “You’ve been served”?
My bedroom is in a state of such grisliness that I ask myself whether I have now hit A New Low.
Yes, my love life may be in need of a spark, but I won’t use Tinder to get the flames going.
At least I’ve mastered Italian. Well, enough to sing “Jealous Guy” and discuss the works of Caravaggio.
One does not, for example, read a thoughtful column about Brexit only to stumble across the words, three-quarters of the way through, “And on top of this all, I’m not even Getting Any.”
Between football, Westminster and Brexit, there seems to be little good news at the moment. And now it looks like Linda is hanging up her apron.
A drink with her reduces me to a nine-year-old boy recounting his cricketing triumphs.
Lord, has the political sky been foul lately.
It is shut. I can see this from some way off. The familiar lights are dark, the outside tables no longer there. I press my nose against the window.
Where would I not go for £300? I struggle to think.
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