Gifts at this time of year are traditionally fun and rather sparkly. So, this Christmas, here is my gift to […]
Finding Lorca in Leonard: Cohen’s invincible defeat.
My last column was about Being a Beast, Charles Foster’s brilliantly eccentric account of his attempts at transmogrification into a […]
Scandanavian Pain in a time of Brexit – a Postcard from London
My bookshelf is taking on a rather wild and shaggy aspect these days, not unrelated to the fact that I’ll […]
The play. The book. The twisty time-turning plot. The re-turn of Harry Potter, 2016
Swimming Upriver: Sometimes, a book will fall into your lap bearing a prescient message that helps you find yourself. It might be the Bible; it might be Who Moved My Cheese?
Books, sometimes, arrive as if hurled at your head by God. An answer to a question that you didn’t even […]
Walking ’round the room singing Stormy Weather At fifty-seven Mount Pleasant Street Well it’s the same room, but everything’s different […]
The recent film adaptation of The Jungle Book is not interested in providing allegories for human society. Its trump card is making a scarily believable simulacrum of the wild.