Here's a long read from 2020 about the restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin.
Here is a selection of my pieces for the art magazine
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
London Review of Books
in 2013. (You'll need to be a subscriber to read the whole of it.)
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
Times Literary Supplement
Back in 2000, I reviewed Dave Eggers's
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
, before Eggers had become a poster boy for literary cleverness.