Food and Drink
01 October 2009
24 September 2009
10 April 2008
To the sickest-looking building in London, Portcullis House, to be interviewed by Ed Vaizey (Con, Wantage), for the...
12 July 2007
Roger Deakin's Waterlog was the literary gem of 1999. The conceit was simple: the author set out from his moated...
08 January 2007
One day in the early 1980s, the public-affairs office of the FBI asked Agent Robert Ressler to take a researching...
30 October 2006
What a seductive price £19.99 is. If this book were £20, I wouldn't advise anyone to buy it (although it is a very fine...
10 July 2006
Heading out from Gatwick to Ireland through security, I am struck by the large numbers of forks that have been dumped...
27 March 2006
The day before the deputy editor of this magazine asked me to write this piece, I coincidentally ran into Bruce Kent,...
The first literary celebrity . Portrayed by Boswell as an idle pensioner, Samuel Johnson in fact spent most of his life working furiously as a hack. It was the 18th century's burgeoning print culture that made him famous - and which created the need for h
16 May 2005
Reading is my second favourite pastime - but rereading is my favourite. Henry Hitchings's book on Samuel Johnson's...
31 May 2004
I'm cool about global warming. I don't doubt that it's going to happen and I confidently expect that the forecasts of...
05 January 2004
A 6am start to get the plane to Edinburgh. I've never flown from London's City Airport, and even at this hour, with...
How the left always loses. In being so right about so much that has gone wrong, Nick Cohen shows exactly why new Labour has thrown itself in the dustbin of history. But he's not quite negative enough, writes Will Self
22 September 2003
In his introductory remarks to this exercise in sustained rage, Nick Cohen writes: "As a believer in the basics of news...
07 July 2003
I wonder what Lewis Mumford, the great doyen of urban studies, would have made of the Oscar Niemeyer pavilion currently...
The drowned world. When Sir Joseph Bazalgette built the Victoria Embankment, he "placed chains upon the river". But, warns Will Self, London's resurgent waters will have the final revenge
16 June 2003
The Thames tends to be dismissed by Londoners of all stripes. I well remember taking my children on one of the big...
Music and Performance
03 March 2003
Massive Attack, or even massiveattack, for the very name is a semantic compound synthesised from two equally stressed...