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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...

“Of the highest class.” A moment on A.A. Gill

11 December 2016

A.A. Gill's short article about a talented young colleague who passed away in 2012 remains one of my favourite pieces of writing. Continue reading →