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Writers In Residence
"The only thing worse than living in the mausoleum of a dead writer is living with a bunch of living ones"
Catcalling isn't so bad — until it crosses the line
Snakes In The Grass
‘Trigger warnings are not merely tools for censoring febrile material for the few, but a complaint about the dominance of Western thought'
Antechamber Of Modernity
The conjunction of barbarism and civilisation
Do we value freedom of speech in Britain?
Our feeble reaction to assaults on liberty in Paris and Copenhagen reveals this country's terrible betrayal of the principle we did so much to establish
The Case For The Classics
Three books offer fresh and enchanting views on the ancient past and how it can still live
Horace, the great poet of wine
The New Language Of Political Narcissism
Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today's self-regarding pundits and politicians
Peter Oborne and Anne Williams
England’s Dammed Stream Of Poetry
'Good writing, like clear thinking, is very hard to teach or to learn. If the writer has something to say, the words come naturally; if not, no amount of instruction will help.'
Grammar and Genitals
'The fashionable claim that “God loves all her children” is simply ridiculous. Accepting there is one, God doesn’t have genitals'
On the Contrary
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