Jay Nordlinger

Encore! Encore!

Encores are an adornment to concert life — like a dessert, completing a meal, or an after-dinner mint

Varsity Matchless

University Challenge is a novel delight for an American

Thanks, Ma

The great cellist Yo-Yo Ma at 60 is still phenomenal

The Write Stuff

Is it ever worth the trouble reading journalism whose politics you fundamentally disagree with?

Privileged Outsider

The cult of Benjamin Britten lives on in Paul Kildea's new biography, painting the composer as a perennial victim

Mazower’s New World Order

Reading Mark Mazower is like being lectured by the best left-wing lecturer you'll ever have: he is brilliant but tiresome

New York: A ‘Post-racial’ American vs an Old Coot

‘The Obama campaign will be touted as “historic,” and how do you run against history?’

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"