Language

“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

‘Trigger warnings are not merely tools for censoring febrile material for the few, but a complaint about the dominance of Western thought’

The conjunction of barbarism and civilisation

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

Three books offer fresh and enchanting views on the ancient past and how it can still live

Horace, the great poet of wine

Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today’s self-regarding pundits and politicians

‘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.’

‘The fashionable claim that “God loves all her children” is simply ridiculous. Accepting there is one, God doesn’t have genitals’