Cheering for Thanatos

First published in The Hedgehog Review on 2nd June 2015 As if there weren’t enough mighty causes, age-defining campaigns, momentous movements coming to a head last week. As if the public square were not already deafened by the cacophony of acrimony, war cries, whoops...

June 2015 siiiicccckkkk playlist

The Vaccines, Dream Lover Kendrick Lamar I Mumford & Sons, Ditmas Imagine Dragons, Bet Your Life Florence & The Machine, Long & Lost Foy Vance, At Least My Heart Was Open Sufjan Stevens, There’s A World (Neil Young cover) Ike & Tina Turner, Too...

Woody Allen

“I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying…”

The Pope, the Jew and the vision of Blue Labour

First published by Standpoint magazine May 2015 In 2013 Lord Glasman of Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill was giving a lecture at the Vatican. He was expecting to speak to a handful of intellectuals. Hundreds of people turned up, including, in the third row, a man...

April playlist

Sufjan Stevens, No Shade in the Shadow of The Cross The New Basement Tapes, Lost on the River #20 Typhoon, Postscript Will Butler, Anna Odetta and Larry, Old Cotton Fields At Home Yo La Tengo, Pablo & Andrea Hollow Talk, Choir of Young Believers Bifrost Arts Psalm...

How I screwed up in Hollywood (and how not to)

First published in The Spectator, 28th March 2015 I took a trip to Hollywood because I’m a budding screenwriter. ‘Budding’ in this context means ‘unsuccessful’. Here’s Tennessee Williams on being an unsuccessful writer: ‘A life of clawing and scratching along a sheer...
Going to Church in America

Going to Church in America

First published by First Things We are late for church. It’s Sunday morning in Char­lottesville, Virginia, and we’re late for church. I pull up in the car park, and my wife and I get out. We rush to the entrance, and I swing wide the door and hold it open for her. And...

February 2015 Playlist

I’m excited about this one: some new discoveries as well as some classics. Enjoy! The Headlocks – Dream While You’re Awake Interpol – Hands Away Vampire Weekend – Worship You Alt J – The Gospel of John Hurt Kansas City – Marcus Mumford (Basement Tapes) Radiohead...