Culture
10 September 2009
When John F Kennedy ran for US president in 1960, to many his greatest liability was being Catholic; it was said that...
Books
18 June 2009
How often does a biography make you think better of a writer? Even those whose works leave us inspired or reverent are...
International Politics
05 March 2009
The moment the icy splinter of fear entered my heart, four years ago, occurred, as it has for so many of us, at a...
Culture
15 January 2009
Fans of Arthur Miller will greatly enjoy this biography and - surprise, surprise - the rest of us will, too. Though...
Culture
11 December 2008
He stands awkwardly as he lifts the spear, and he looks uncertain, as well he might. The young Zulu is pretending to be...
Politics
30 October 2008
"No Cross, no Crown!" declared the rebellious American colonists. Yet, for more than two centuries, Americans have been...
Books
18 September 2008
Complaint, like so much else, isn't what it used to be. The subtitle of Julian Baggini's book states that it deals with...
Ideas
10 April 2008
There is, in this final volume of the playwright Simon Gray's Smoking Diaries, an anecdote that beautifully sums up man...
Asia
28 February 2008
It took me about 11 seconds to fall in love with India. I staggered from the hot, hideous airport to a coach and...