Joe Treasure

August 27, 2016
August 27, 2016

When your word is someone else's bond

Within minutes of Melania Trump finishing her speech at the US Republican Convention, the news was out that she had plagiarised a

June 18, 2016
June 18, 2016

Drone strikes and authorial intentions

I saw Eye in the Sky the afternoon it opened in London. I went with few preconceptions, knowing only that it was about drones and

May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016

Reading Bellow in Chicago

Last month Donald Trump and I happened to be in Chicago at the same time. He was there for the Republican primary. I wasn't.

March 5, 2016
March 5, 2016

A living celebration of Shakespeare's sonnets

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare's works still seem inexhaustible as a source of pleasure and a spur to creative

January 23, 2016
January 23, 2016

Recycling Shakespeare

Hogarth Press has commissioned a series of 'retellings' of Shakespeare plays. First to appear is Jeanette Winterson's take on The Winter's Tale.

December 5, 2015
December 5, 2015

Undergraduate poem comes to light

In 1811, Percy Bysshe Shelley was expelled from Oxford for writing a pamphlet promoting atheism. This wasn't his first offence.

November 7, 2015
November 7, 2015

Strange motivations

I'm grateful to the novelist James Meek for introducing me to a new critical term. Reviewing Jonathan Franzen'sPurity (“From Wooden to Plastic”, LRB, 24/09/15), Meek writes that the first appearance of Leila Helou“is couched in the leaden terms of the Unaccountably

August 1, 2015
August 1, 2015

Truth-telling and the right to publish

The career of the British concert pianist James Rhodes has been anything but conventional. He was more or less self-taught until he was 13.

June 20, 2015
June 20, 2015

Hard times revisited

For three impressive London women born in Bangladesh there were cheering results in the UK election.