A tale that proves the media and the public still thrill to an art theft…
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This article is taken from the February 2023 issue of The Critic. To get the full magazine why not subscribe? Right now we're offering five issues for just £10. “What is Enlightenment?
Avoid all the main streets, especially the ones you have heard of. If you are on one of them, go down a side street. Follow all curved passages and alleyways; go into any mews; make a route of…
The German composer Richard Wagner wrote seven operas in his mature style. I’ve been going to see them in live performances for the last forty years or so – my very first was Die Walküre at English…
“I am writing a book,” says the man at the drinks party, in the old Peter Cook cartoon. “Neither am I,” replies his companion. Still makes me laugh. But would now work with “I am reading a book”, too.
In 1973, Graham Greene wrote an introduction to a bookselling friend’s memoir. As Greene was one of the most respected writers of his day, this was no small gesture, but the author was also a…
A trek through the Hindu Kush to seek out the ancient Kalash people, who claim descent from Alexander’s army…
The literary rejection is almost a genre in itself. It has shaken the confidence of every writer in history. The best examples are to be found wherever there is a publisher armed with a power complex…
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