Language

Writers In Residence

"The only thing worse than living in the mausoleum of a dead writer is living with a bunch of living ones"

Close Encounters

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

Carpe Vinum

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

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'

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"
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