Jack Kerouac

After the breakthrough: Jack Kerouac photographed by John Cohen, 1959

The picture that captures why Jack Kerouac will last forever

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Why Jack Kerouac’s fleeting moment will last for ever

Oh no: On the Road’s a masterpiece. So what else have I missed?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This week’s column is dedicated to all those of you who have never read Catcher in the Rye and who,…

Chatting up Katherine Mansfield

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I like the New Zealand writer Katherine Mansfield, who according to Virginia Woolf smelt like a civet cat and had…

Hotel Chelsea

Where artists went to drink and die

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Once below a time (to quote the man himself) the bloated poet Dylan Thomas slouched back to New York’s Chelsea…

Critics can be creative - look at Malcolm Cowley

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Even Spectator book reviewers have to concede that their craft is inferior to the creative travail of authors. Henry James…

American Smoke, by Iain Sinclair - review

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you have read Iain Sinclair’s books you will know that he is a stylist with a love of language.…