Issue: July/August 2011

German Hysteria

‘In Germany, whether it’s a matter of beansprouts or nuclear power plants, moral superiority can quickly turn into self-centred hysteria’

East End Extremism

‘When a journalist who runs an investigative website dedicated to the Islamisation of Tower Hamlets attempted to interview Anjem Choudary, he was told, “Rot in hell or embrace Islam”’

Cannes Do Better

‘The writer’s place in a movie is somewhere between the second assistant cameraman and the catering staff’

Arab Spring Sprung?

‘The Arab Spring may turn out to be a big disappointment for the promoters of democracy and their Western supporters’


From a fragment of an ancient manuscript recently discovered in the ruins of Los Angeles. Edited by Clive James

The Erotic Inferno

Book review of Dante in Love by A.N. Wilson

A Life Less Ordinary

Book review of G.K. Chesterton: A Biography by Ian Ker

Ode to Joyce

Book review of James Joyce: A Biography by Gordon Bowker

Star-crossed Purposes

Book review of The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama

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"