Bertolt Brecht’s Marie-Antoinettism (Features) , November 2014, 4
The German poet, playwright, and Marxist.
Not a leg to stand on (Notebook) , October 2014, 75
On the one-legged poets W. E. Henley and W. H. Davies.
Genetic disorder (Books) , May 2014, 66
A review of A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History by Nicholas Wade
The tragi-comedy of A. E. Housman (Notebook) , March 2014, 74
A book by its cover (Notebook) , February 2014, 77
On the pleasures and pains of judging the Hippocrates Prize in poetry.
The appreciative Auden (Books) , January 2014, 83
A review of What W. H. Auden Can Do for You (Writers on Writers) by Alexander McCall Smith
Grape vines & chrome bumpers (Features) , December 2013, 22
Contrasting an exhibition of El Labrador at the Prado and a hyperrealism show at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Walking in Lenin’s footsteps (Letter from Zurich) , November 2013, 29
What would Solzhenitsyn's Lenin have thought about modern Zurich?
The mighty men of Whitby (Letter from North Yorkshire) , September 2013, 34
A small town in North Yorkshire has turned out a surprising number of artists.
Yue Minjun's haunting laughter (Reconsiderations) , June 2013, 31
Chinese artist Yue Minjun speaks out about China’s problems in his paintings.
The French connection (Features) , February 2013, 22
On relations between the French intelligentsia and the Soviets.
Banal memories of fatwa (Books) , December 2012, 77
A review of Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie
The digital challenge, I: Loss & gain, or the fate of the book (Features) , November 2012, 4
The first entry in our series "The digital challenge." What does the future hold for printed books?
Gray's sterility (Letter from Dublin) , September 2012, 34
On Eileen Gray and her cold aesthetic.
And eating it, too (Books) , May 2012, 88
A review of Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion by Jean H. Baker
The murals of Diego Rivera (Art) , April 2012, 50
On “Diego Rivera: Mural for The Museum of Modern Art” at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
A grim & bleak beauty (Letter from Coventry) , March 2012, 34
On architecture and art in Coventry.
Future tense, VI: Under the scientific Bo Tree (Features) , February 2012, 4
On the meaning in material world.
Brutal blueprints (Letter from Brasilia) , October 2011, 34
On the architecture of Brasilia.
Points of View (Letter from Provence) , September 2011, 86
Reconsidering the power of photography.
Connoting without denoting (Notebook) , June 2011, 86
On a disheartening trip to the Whitworth Gallery of Art, Manchester.
Brown the brilliant (Features) , May 2011, 12
On the ex-PM's new memoir.
On the doorstep of Valhalla (Features) , March 2011, 11
Is it true that undisturbed on the dusty shelves of obscure bookshops lie poems of some merit?
Exhibition note (Art) , February 2011, 52
On "Felix Nussbaum 1904–1944” at Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaisme, Paris.
Britain, benign & proud (Features) , January 2011, 85
On public virtue in the Victorian era.
A taste for wormwood & gall (Features) , November 2010, 4
On the masochism of John Stuart Mill.
Dr. Jones's Hamlet complex (Features) , October 2010, 4
Should we psychoanalyze the Bard?
Sisyphus goes to school (Books) , September 2010, 61
A review of Bad Students, Not Bad Schools by Robert Weissberg
Flaubert's simple heart (Features) , June 2010, 15
On a master's lesson in true tolerance.
A shared wretchedness (Features) , May 2010, 10
On the Swift-Johnson dialectic.
Knight of the white elephant (Reconsiderations) , March 2010, 28
On the life & times of the great McGonagall.
Ayn Rand: engineer of souls (Features) , February 2010, 4
A critical account of the "Chernyshevsky of individualism."
Loose ends in Liverpool (Notebook) , December 2009, 77
Reflections from the Walker Art Gallery.
The costs of abstraction (Features) , November 2009, 19
On the intellectual irresponsibility of Soviet sympathizers.
The prophet of personal space (Features) , October 2009, 5
D. H. Lawrence reconsidered.
Always in the wrong place (Notebook) , June 2009, 85
On the relics of oppression.
Bollocks to vulgarity (Notebook) , May 2009, 75
On lowness that proclaims itself.
Cats may look at kings (Notebook) , April 2009, 76
On the cult of celebrity.
Boxing with Mailer (Notebook) , March 2009, 75
On the ignoble science of boxing's hangers-on.
Do we own our lives? (Features) , February 2009, 21
On the play, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, by Brian Clark and the morality of patient autonomy.
Guarding the boundaries (Features) , January 2009, 9
On the moral consequences of relativism (from "The Dictatorship of Relativism.")
Exhibition note (Art) , November 2008, 46
On "Black Is Beautiful" at De Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam.
Lessons of the long-distance runner (Features) , September 2008, 23
On the impact and errors of Alan Sillitoe's The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.
A tale of two countries (Letter from France) , June 2008, 34
On England, France, and Ruskinian delusions.
Ionesco & the limits of philosophy (Notebook) , May 2008, 91
On Le roi se meurt by Eugène Ionesco and the philosophy of Owen Flanagan.
The sound of silence (Books) , April 2008, 63
On Manifesto for Silence: Confronting the Politics and Culture
of Noise by Stuart Sim.
At the forest's edge (Features) , March 2008, 16
On José Ortega y Gasset and Sigmund Freud.
Fear of regress (Books) , February 2008, 64
On La stratégie des antilopes by Jean Hatzfeld.
The false prophet (Reconsiderations) , December 2007, 35
On the false profundity of Kahlil Gibran.
Who shall ’scape whipping? (Features) , November 2007, 36
On Ted Honderich's strange thoughts on punishment.
The cure for Bernard Shaw (Features) , October 2007, 4
On the crank medical theories of George Bernard Shaw.
Another side of Paradise (Features) , September 2007, 12
On the questionable legacy of Jack Kerouac and "On the Road."
Diagnosing Lear (Features) , June 2007, 8
On discovering what ails Shakespeare's king.
Blood & smashed glass (Manners & morals) , May 2007, 33
On dystopian novels.
Hypocrite lecteur (Books) , April 2007, 84
On Pierre Bayard's Comment parler des livres que n'on la pas lus.
Revisiting "Catalonia" again: A reply (Letters) , April 2007, 96
A reply from Anthony Daniels.
Finding his way (Books) , March 2007, 69
On Nick Cohen's What's Left?: How Liberals Lost Their Way.
Revisiting "Catalonia": A Reply (Letters) , March 2007, 80
A response from Anthony Daniels.
Orwell's “Catalonia” revisited (Features) , February 2007, 11
On reexamining George Orwell's classic tale of the Spanish Civil War.
Pound's depreciation (Features) , January 2007, 31
On whether Ezra Pound will stand the tests of time.
All bark, no bite (Books) , November 2006, 77
On "The Yage Letters Redux" by William S. Burroughs & Allen Ginsberg.
The higher destruction (Features) , October 2006, 4
A review of John Carey's "What Good Are The Arts?"
The enigmatic R. S. Thomas (Features) , May 2006, 16
On the Welsh poet.
Exhibition notes (Art) , September 2005, 67
On “Joshua Reynolds: The Creation of Celebrity” at Tate Modern, London, from May 26 to September 18, 2005 and “Frida Kahlo” at Tate Modern, London, from June 9 to October 9, 2005.
Mau Mau revisited (Features) , June 2005, 21
On Kenya’s significant but barely remembered Mau Mau rebellion.
Chekov & Tolstoy (Reconsiderations) , April 2005, 31
On two stories in which we “see encapsulated the tragic predicament of modern man.”
Pundits & panjandrums (Notebook) , March 2005, 77
How being a pundit stands in the way of spelling out proper distinctions in a clear and honest manner.
Butler's unhappy youth (Features) , January 2005, 11
On Samuel Butler’s autobiographical novel The Way of all Flesh.
Barbarity without vigor (Books) , December 2004, 71
A review of The Strange Death of Moral Britain, by Christie Davies.
The real Che (Features) , October 2004, 22
On the cult of Ernesto Che Guevara; irrational reflection “kept alive by a good dose of commercialism.”
Ulcers past & present (Features) , July 2004
The man who made Scouting (Features) , June 2004, 22
On Robert Baden-Powell and the founding of the Boy Scout movement.
Reflections on the black cap (Features) , March 2004, 27
On Scott Turow’s attempt to tackle the subject of capital punishment in his new book, Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer’s Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty.
How good was Maugham? (Features) , February 2004, 19
On Jeffrey Meyers's new biography of this author whose “soul is a secret garden into which the elect may penetrate only after overcoming a number of perilous obstacles.”
Booker vs. Goncourt; or, when silence is a duty (Features) , January 2004, 24
Considering two literary prizes & the different ways in which they were undeserveded.
Carl Jung: the Madame Blavatsky of psychotherapy (Features) , November 2003, 23
Carl Jung was one of the great gurus of the twentieth centruy. Is he still worth reading?
History by other means (Uncategorized) , October 2003, 39
Reflections on how this peaceful country sowed the killing fields.
His father's son (Books) , September 2003, 65
A review of In Praise of Nepotism: A Natural History, by Adam Bellow.
Up from communism (Features) , May 2003, 28
Reflections on growing up in a communist household.
I spy (Books) , April 2003, 84
A review of The Unsleeping Eye, by Robert J. Stove.
Ivan Illich, 1926-2002 (Notebook) , January 2003, 78
Dubai, Havana & choosing between evils (Features) , October 2002, 29
Book browsing in these unenlightened cities.
The Baroness Munchausen of sex (Books) , September 2002, 73
A review of The Sexual Life of Catherine M. by Catherine Millet, translated by Adriana Hunter.
A contented mandarin (Books) , March 2002, 65
A review of Darwin’s Audubon: Science and the Liberal Imagination, by Gerald Weissmann.
Guerrillophilia & the sincerely frivolous (Features) , February 2002, 27
On Senior Service: A Story of Riches, Revolution & Violent Death, by Carlo Feltrinelli.
The felicific calculus of modern medicine (Features) , November 2001, 4
The third in a series titled “The survival of culture.”
Shorter notice (Books) , September 2001, 118
Anthony Daniels on The Politics of Sex and Other Essays: On Conservatism, Culture, and Imagination, by Robert Grant.
How to murder a Bolivian boy (Features) , June 2001, 31
Considering bioethics & Peter Singer upon the publication of Culture of Death: The assualt on Medical Ethics in America by Wesley J. Smith.
Frantz Fanon: the platonic form of human resentment (Features) , May 2001, 15
Upon the publication of Frantz Fanon: A Biography, by David Macey.
Morality for solipsists (Features) , February 2001, 19
Occasioned by PC, M.D.: How Political Correctness is Corrupting Medicine, by Sally Satel.
No idiocy like educated idiocy (Books) , January 2001, 67
A review of The Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, by Plinio Alueyo Mendoza, Carlos Alberto Montaner, and Alvaro Vargas Llosa & In the Shadow of the Liberator: The Impact of Hugo Chavez on Venezuala and Latin America, by Richard Gott.
W. Somerset Maugham: the pleasures of a master (Features) , February 2000, 23
The perils of activism: Ken Saro-Wiwa (Features) , January 2000, 4
Literary victimhood (Features) , September 1999, 4
Regarding victimhood and its literary cachet