Sun, sea, sensation, servants (Notebook) , March 2010, 74
On what to make of Dubai.
Small acts of disdain (Books) , November 2008, 68
On Mrs. Woolf & the Servants: An Intimate History of Bloomsbury by Alison Light.
Forced smiles (Books) , September 2006, 135
A review of Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class by Ronald W. Dworkin
Out of the time machine (Features) , June 2006, 17
On H. G. Wells's clairvoyance.
Bang or whimper? (Reconsiderations) , March 2006, 30
On the Centre Pompidou's "Creation and Destruction in Twentieth-Century Art."
Know when to fold 'em (Notebook) , February 2006, 77
Gambling with Dostoyevsky.
Kathmandu-sur-Rhone (Notebook) , December 2005, 93
Theodore Dalrymple on the turmoil in France.
Holmes & his commentators (Features) , November 2005, 4
On a new annotated edition of Conan Doyle's "Holmes" novels.
The end of virtuous Albion (Features) , September 2005, 29
Britain Today: Part V
On some British virtues, once commonplace, that are today increasingly hard to find.
Bad Counsel (Books) , June 2005, 85
A review of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance, by Sally Satel & Christina Hoff Sommers.
An imaginary "scandal" (Notebook) , May 2005, 90
On literary scandals real and trumped up.
Desert-island reading (Features) , February 2005, 21
On a few works from the desert-island genre of literature and the lasting impressions they are capable of making.
The saddhu of sodomy (Notebook) , December 2004, 85
A review of Surrender: An Erotic Memoir, by Toni Bentley.
The lessons of (Features) , November 2004, 17
On the lessons of suffering we can learn from Nathanael West’s Miss Lonelyhearts.
Mr. Hyde & the epidemiology of evil (Features) , September 2004, 24
On a persistent misunderstanding of the story of Jekyll and Hyde.
Reflections on the oldest profession (Features) , April 2004, 43
On the ubiquitous subject of crime & prostitution in the literary world.
Priez pour lui (Notebook) , September 2003, 77
An “ideal bohemian couple,” and a sordid end.
Anglo-saxon attitudes (Letter from Paris) , April 2003, 44
What do unintelligent or uneducated Parisians read?
Cliquez ici for Alexandria (Notebook) , March 2003, 77
Exploring Alexandria’s library & the city, hometown of Cavafy.
The anatomy of murder (Features) , February 2003, 23
Considering murder in literature and life.
Arrested development (Notebook) , June 2002, 93
On Oscar Wilde.
Discovering LaRochefoucauld (Features) , April 2001, 28
Lessons from the great French master of the discomfiting aphorism.
Walsall redux (Notebook) , February 2001, 78
A response to his critics & the furor occasioned by “Crudity beyond belief” (September 2000).
Reticence or insincerity, Rattigan or Pinter (Features) , November 2000, 12
On the work of Terrence Rattigan and Harold Pinter.
Crudity beyond belief (Notebook) , September 2000, 77
On the English town Walsall, and its new art gallery.
Exposing shallowness (Books) , June 2000, 74
On Margo DeMello's Bodies of Inscription
Tiresias redux (Books) , April 2000, 68
A review of Crossing by Deirdre N. McCloskey
Bolívar's platter (Notebook) , March 2000, 77
Gooseberries (Notebook) , November 1999, 77
Reflections on Chekhov & the author's father