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...
How poetry became just an appendix. When do you hear anybody quote a line from a contemporary poet? Yet you hear Bob Dylan, and other songwriters, quoted all the time. By Will Self
06 January 2003
I regret reading this book, and were I not quite certain that I'll forget the bulk of its content within the next few...
Don't have any more, Mrs Moore. Is Peter Ackroyd a cockney mystic or one of our greatest scholars? A visionary or bombast? Will Self on the man who would be king of literary London
04 November 2002
I feel my grandfather would have appreciated this book. Albert Henry Self was the son of the conductor on the Number 11...
The road as metaphor of itself. Iain Sinclair may be a fellow-traveller of cranks and eccentrics, but he is also one of our most original and talented writers. Will Self celebrates a self-styled psychogeographer
30 September 2002
What is Iain Sinclair up to? Or, put more pertinently, what is he on? He is at an age when, with any justice, he should...
Ingenious bubble wrap. The 1990s revelled in decadence and imposture. Sadly, this clever cultural history is as superficial as the era it recalls, writes Will Self
15 July 2002
Now - in 2002 - comes a cultural history of the 1990s. Quite rightly, it is written by Michael Bracewell, whose tensely...