Nov, 2012

First appeared in The Guardian Photo Source: Wiki: Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve By Nigel Beale Reading biographies of writers affects the way we read their books. And, unlike Proust, I think it does so for the better During the past several months there has been an interesting conversation ping-ponging back and forth between literary blogs, on the utility [...]

Wyndham Lewis’s thorny persona means grudges are being held beyond the grave and we still don’t recognise the extent of his talent “A hundred books of fiction every month are referred to by eminent critics in language of such superlative praise that, were it the work of Dante that was in question, it would be [...]

One can find fault with his showy, wilfully obscure style, but the world he predicted 50 years ago is the one we live in Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan was musing about how media served to extend the human brain. At the time, though some had an inkling of his genius, few understood what he [...]