David Barrett

Pynchon’s 9/11: Things Fall Apart

Thomas Pynchon’s new novel displays all the bravura imagination of the rest of his oeuvre, but sees the elusive writer finally coming to terms with the world

A Novelist With Ice In His Heart

J.M. Coetzee is a curiously chilly author and his Kafkaesque new novel is a parable about the writer's place in a world ruled by cold rationalism

Clive’s Indian Summer

Book review of A Point of View by Clive James

Unquiet Flows the Don

Book review of The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories by Don DeLillo

ONLINE ONLY: Carmen’s Complaint

The judge who resigned over the Man Booker International Prize being awarded to Philip Roth wilfully ignored the author's enduring brilliance

Junk and Bunk

Damian Hirst's diamond-encrusted skull is a worthless as it is indulgent

ONLINE ONLY: Arguing About Amis

The tale of Martin Amis's dead talent is so popular in the press that it has become a cliché. But his detractors' criticisms increasingly focus on his private life, not his literature

ONLINE ONLY: An Unserious Man

Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding reveals the Wikileaks founder's facile politics and ignorance of history

Debasing Orwell

An "Orwellian" US-based company, which generates editorial content "without human authoring", highlights the difference between lazy journalism and sinister civil restriction

Underrated: Abroad

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"