identity politics

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Harpsichordists at war

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Harpsichordists are supposed to make love, not war: Sir Thomas Beecham famously compared the sound they make to ‘two skeletons…

Hari Kunzru’s White Tears feels like a racial revenge fantasia

1 April 2017 9:00 am

The title might be taken as a provocation. In the compressed language of digital media, white tears, like first-world problems…

Stop being politically correct about the working class

26 November 2016 9:00 am

The self-appointed defenders of the working class are elitists, too

I thought I was British. Until I took a DNA test

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Will genetic testing change how we think about nationality? It has certainly changed how I think about mine

Oh joy! Sean Penn has tried to crack a joke

28 February 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it is to see the Hollywood actor Sean Penn neck deep in PC ordure. The rodentine thespian…