August 15, 2017

Who won the Man Booker prize last year? Or the year before?

Difficult to say. At least, without Google. Difficult to say anything much about the Booker prize any more. Somehow, it’s dug itself into a hole of obscurity.

When I was young, it was actually quite exciting. Th...

August 8, 2017

007 is the world’s most successful film franchise. Fifty years and counting, and doubly unique in being directly descended from its creator, Ian Fleming. A cultural phenomenon, whatever one may think of Bond. And difficult to imagine anything emulating it.

Arguably, how...

August 2, 2017

Every now and then, you come across something in literature that makes you stop and wonder. If it’s a ‘classic’ you’re reading, often it’s a distinctly odd passage no one in your experience ever seems to have commented on. Very occasionally, you get the eerie feeling y...

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