28 April 2016

The waltz of censorship

For the likes of Flaubert and Baudelaire, evading the censors was a very serious game.

25 February 2016

TS Eliot: public poet, private agony

A new volume of Eliot’s letters charts his inner turmoil.

12 February 2016

Manos: rediscovering the world’s worst film

The re-release of Manos: The Hands of Fate allows us to appreciate better its unique awfulness.

28 January 2016

Review: Iris Murdoch’s letters

A new edition of private correspondence hides as much as it reveals.

2 October 2015

Pound: poet and political prisoner

A new biography shows us just how brilliant, and dangerous, Ezra Pound was.

28 September 2015

In praise of
Brutalism

We should celebrate the daring spirit of this unloved school of architecture.

7 September 2015

Charles Bukowski: distortion of a dissident poet?

A new Bukowski is set to emerge, free of his editor's heavy hand.

28 August 2015

The Islamic Republic of France

Michel Houellebecq’s Submission is a powerful novel about the fragility of Western culture.

14 August 2015

Islamism and identity politics – a destructive mix

The strange alliance between leftists and extremists is eroding free speech.

19 June 2015

A Nazi-baiting master of the photomontage

John Heartfield made mocking tyrants an artform.