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‘Every holiday of my childhood was spent either looking at art or making it. I remain helpless to resist the pull of the landscape on one side and lure of galleries on the other’
Hot for lunch
If there is an art to writing after three courses and wine, I never mastered it. But now that the long, boozy lunch is endangered, I’m having serious second thoughts
Stick to singles
‘If Pliny the Elder were alive today he’d be fronting Frack Off’
"We do so love a literary rejection, provided it isn’t our own, of course."
Miniature paintings suit the modern world — we live in a miniaturised world
"Every time I read of a new algorithm for producing a hit pop song, or software for writing a Man Booker-worthy novel, I know I’m in for a disappointment"
Minotaurs, Muses and modernity
Classical scholarship for love, not money, leads to some liberating interpretations
Deepdene: Rise and Fall of the House of Hope
The magnificent palazzo where Disraeli’s Young England group used to gather is long gone, but its grounds have now been restored
Maths For Girls
Talking about maths on aesthetic terms might make it more appealing to reluctant teens
Heaney’s Virgil Is Our Virgil
The posthumous publication of
for Heaney's father
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above