Issue: September 2018

Vidia’s vision

"V.S. Naipaul is an irreparable loss, but his astonishingly rich and varied corpus of works will live on to nourish the hearts and minds of posterity"

Corbyn’s cunning plan

The British media has labelled anti-Semitism in the Labour Party a “scandal”. This seriously understates the problem

Programmed poetry

"Every time I read of a new algorithm for producing a hit pop song, or software for writing a Man Booker-worthy novel, I know I’m in for a disappointment"

Be civil to siblings

"The government seems to have set itself on a course to discriminate against one minority group: cohabiting blood relatives"

Write on

What are the duties of the modern author? To tweet hourly, to Instagram daily, to podcast weekly, to pen a monthly TinyLetter

Remembering my friend Vidia Naipaul

‘The Vidia Naipaul I knew was friendly, warm-hearted (not quite the same as kind-hearted), curious, responsive, humorous (and able to laugh at himself), convivial, mischievous, never hypocritical’

Britain’s obsession with Latin verse still lingers

‘Like a strict dress code, or refined form of dance, the myriad rules of ancient versification prove to be liberating’

Deficits — indefinitely

‘Trump’s fiscal largesse will expand the US’s external deficits at just the same time that the tariff increases are supposed to be reducing them’

The moral death of the Labour Party

‘Every day this summer marked another development in the moral death of the Labour Party’

Boundary benefits

‘What is the basis for Owen Jones's claim that the Tories are trying to rig the next election?’

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"