Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

23 Apr

They say Housman was clinically depressed when he penned the sixty-three poems of his anthology, A Shropshire Lad. But isn’t depression an entry level requirement for poets? Loveliest of trees is the best known poem from those blue remembered hills … Read More »

Steve McCurry in Taipei

31 Mar

Unsurprised is not unthrilled though. Given my love of photography and travel – including the Afghanistan and Rajasthan of his most mesmerising images – McCurry’s subjects speak to me more directly, more fully and more durably than those of any … Read More »

The Wave, Arizona

7 Mar

My denunciations of America – with “the planet’s most rapacious capitalism” at the kinder end of the spectrum –  refer to its ruling class, not its people. But here’s a thought. Their country’s diversity of climate, and plethora of mind-blowing … Read More »

#academia too?

5 Feb

A few years ago I heard a veteran journalist on how, with pounding heart and now-or-never audacity as his one and only interview with Woody Allen drew to a close, he’d asked: How come someone as ugly as you attracts … Read More »