8th November 2016

A song for today. 'The greatest song ever written about America... and what's so great about it is, it gets right to the heart of what our country is supposed to be about." Live at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, 30 September, more

Faces of John Berger

31st October 2016

Yesterday's Observer carried a loving profile by Kate Kellaway of the writer John Berger. Berger's 90th birthday is this coming Saturday, and Kate Kellaway catches something of the achievement and significance of his life when she writes: Critic, novelist, poet, dramatist, artist, commentator more

Three things 18.

24th April 2015

Each day I try to highlight just three things. Sometimes there are connections between the three things, oftentimes there are not. • The River - a new authenticity: a very fine essay by Ian Christie for Criterion on Jean Renoir's more

Three things 7.

12th April 2015

A time there was when I would post a list of links on a Sunday morning, but over the past week I have been experimenting with a new approach by which I highlight just three things each day. Even collectively, more

On finding your second-hand self

7th November 2012

Wednesday morning, and to kill time I'm wandering around Stratford-upon-Avon. Oxfam Books is - as ever - alluring, and I make for the modest Film and Television section. Not that my shelves at home (or indeed the floors) have any more more

BBC: ‘bastion of mediocrity’

27th February 2012

I have been reading the late Tony Richardson's memoir Long Distance Runner. (I know I promised a Julius Caesar update, but that waits on a RSC press release - tomorrow, I hope.) It is not clear whether Richardson's more