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Jonathan Pie, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 3 March 2017

4 March 2017

Driving common sense into smart but obstinate people is enough to drive anyone mad. Jonathan Pie is the angry, frustrated journalist trying to make some inroads. Continue reading →

Marvell, Dryden, and the Horatian Ode

16 February 2017

There is no hard evidence that Andrew Marvell’s 'Horatian Ode' ever left his hands. Yet, it may have come to John Dryden’s attention. How is Dryden the privileged one? A...

Dealing with inadequacy: Apple Tree Yard

24 January 2017

There’s no escape from growing old, but can we escape the sense of inadequacy it can bring? Watching this unfold is perhaps the most uncomfortable aspect of the BBC's new drama,...

Create Chaos to Find Quiet: An Epilogue, 2016

11 January 2017

It’s not often that I greet New Year with indifference. On the contrary, I’m notorious for indulging in it. But a change of attitude is exactly what’s needed - so...