Here's an interview from August 2015 with the playwright Simon Stephens.
Here's another interview, also published in August 2015, with the creators of the theatrical experience You Me Bum Bum Train.
A book about the
Oxford English Dictionary
prompted this review essay for the LRB in 2013. (You'll need to be a subscriber to read the whole thing.)
In 2010, I wrote about Jonathon Green's magisterial
Dictionary of Slang
, which I described as "an astonishingly detailed register of creativity in all its hues".
Here's something I wrote in 2008 about the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, "master of the suggestive non sequitur".
I used to review art exhibitions. Few examples can be found online, but here's one from 2005, in which I get to grips with "Degas, Sickert and Toulouse-Lautrec" at Tate Britain.
In 2004 I reviewed Alan Hollinghurst's novel The Line of Beauty for the TLS. I enjoyed the novel more than the review might lead you to suppose.
Back in 2000, I reviewed Dave Eggers's
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
, before Eggers had become a poster boy for literary cleverness.