American Tabloid

Good to see some active collaboration between two satirists and commentators who cut their creative teeth in the 1990s, Irvine Welsh and Bret Easton Ellis. As I say in my book, there’s little doubt that BEE’s American Psycho was an influence on IW when he...

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

Following Michael Holding’s powerful speech about taught racism before the first England v. West Indies test Match, I’m reminded of a little-known song in South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1949). With incipient racism running through the whole show,...

Of last journeys and shoes

On the opening day of the Test match series England v. West Indies, let me make this contribution to Black Lives Matter and to Israel/Palestine. Two personal memories, thirty years apart. In 1978 I was in Senegal, the most westerly country in Africa. I came across...

Lazy journalism

Oh dear. Lara Feigel  is trying to assemble 10 novels that explore character and friendship. Included are Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, book of the year Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, various other classics – and Trainspotting. Oh dear. The claim...