Nostalgia’s comeback

‘The urge to renew tussles with the impulse to preserve’

Judaism, literary lust—and ‘fat camp’

‘Discovering Judaism has been a profound and fascinating process, from celebrating festivals to the spiritual joy of synagogue’

Train trouble

‘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’

Mocktails and deferred adulthood

‘Every alcohol substitute I’ve ever tasted has the flavour roughly of fake grass blended with lemon pips’

Stick to singles

‘If Pliny the Elder were alive today he’d be fronting Frack Off’

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"