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Low Hum & Little Lo | Martin Amis
Humbert Humbert, narrator of 'Lolita', is a sadist, narcissist and sexual deviant: so why should we think Nabokov's novel morally acceptable?
25th  october  1992  independent  martin  amis  vladamir  nabokov  literature  lolita 
6 weeks ago by pnjman
After nine years, the Tories say "Britain deserves better" than them | Mark Steel
The Conservative campaign seems to be based on the idea that only they can be trusted to fix the problems they’ve caused. Okay then.
mark  steel  independent  politics  31st  october  2019  brexit 
october 2019 by pnjman
Is Britain really so bored we'll let a sociopath PM do whatever he wants? | Mark Steel
This is Boris Johnson’s selling point. He gets on with it. He’s not like those other stodgy politicians, bound by elitist codes, like the one that suggests if you print something as a fact in huge letters it ought to be true.
24th  october  2019  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2019 by pnjman
Rejoice! We finally have a Brexit deal that makes us poorer and hands power to sociopaths | Mark Steel
This is only the start, we can and must build on this now we’re free to shrink our economy by however much we choose, without having to consult the Germans first.
17th  october  2019  independent  mark  steel  politics  brexit 
october 2019 by pnjman
No wonder Extinction Rebellion is unpopular, they're trying to make us care about humanity | Mark Steel
The protesters can make their point, they should just do it without disrupting anything, maybe by drawing a turtle or looking out of the window. Only then can we contemplate giving up a few bad habits.
mark  steel  independent  10th  october  2019  climate  change 
october 2019 by pnjman
The government’s Brexit plans are sillier than we knew possible | Mark Steel
Now we can enjoy the thrill of wondering what else will be revealed. It might even be a giant mechanical parrot that flies across Europe identifying goods heading for the Irish border, squawking ‘that needs VAT paying on that, truckload of onions, truckload of onions’.
mark  steel  independent  3rd  october  2019  politics  brexit 
october 2019 by pnjman
The Two Sides of Diego Maradona | Brian Phillips
The lifelong story of Maradona is that the more broken and ugly something is when it enters his sphere of influence, the more beautiful and joyous that thing tends to become. The opposite is also very often true.
1st  october  2019  ringer  brian  phillips  football  diego  maradona  profile 
october 2019 by pnjman
Burgess Memories | Jonathan Meades
This is an edited version of a talk given at the National Portrait Gallery in London in March 2017.
23rd  october  2017  jonathan  meades  talk  anthony  burgess 
april 2019 by pnjman
Point of View | Frank Kermode
Atonement by Ian McEwan, Cape, 372 pp, £16.99, September 2001, ISBN 0 224 06252 2.
4th  october  2001  lrb  literature  book  review  ian  mcewan  atonement  frank  kermode 
january 2019 by pnjman
In search of Dieguito | Martin Amis
He rose from the slums of Buenos Aires to become the world's greatest footballer - then spectacularly self-destructed. Now, from his Cuban hospital bed, Maradona has published a remarkably frank autobiography.
1st  october  2004  guardian  martin  amis  football  maradona  diego  literature  book  review 
january 2019 by pnjman
How the Chile Pepper Took Over the World | Matt Gross
Until 500 years ago, the spice as we know it was confined to Central and South America. Travels to Jamaica, Hungary, and Thailand to uncover how that heat wave came, saw, and conquered.
23rd  october  2018  medium  airbnb  matt  gross  food  travel  chile 
october 2018 by pnjman
So many people are employed selling arms to the Saudis and sending bombs to CNN, it would be unfair to kick them out of a job | Mark Steel
This is a different situation to Iraq, because the arms we sell to Saudi Arabia are real, and therefore fairly harmless, whereas Saddam had those non-existent ones, and those things are lethal.
politics  mark  steel  independent  2018  october  25th  saudi  arabia 
october 2018 by pnjman
From Lithuania, with love | Ann Cooper
In February 2015, a cryptic email reached me from around the globe and across 28 years. It would pull me back into one of the most extraordinary reporting jobs in my career.
18th  october  2018  roads&kingdoms  ann  cooper  lithuania  ussr  politics  history 
october 2018 by pnjman
A view from the border: Ireland on the brink of Brexit | Matthew Engel
With a declining Catholic church, a gay premier and a politically astute citizenry, Ireland has come of age. But on the border old wounds are reopening.
17th  october  2018  matthew  engel  new  statesman  politics  europe  ireland 
october 2018 by pnjman
Who's to say it wasn't the Belgians who are responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance? Let's not jump to conclusions | Mark Steel
Trump has stayed as friendly as ever with the Saudi prince, and if he was shown film of the Saudis executing Khashoggi, he’d probably say, 'Well, let’s not jump to conclusions. We haven’t seen what he did to irritate them'.
politics  mark  steel  independent  2018  19th  october 
october 2018 by pnjman
Why not let the DUP run the whole of the British government? At least they're united | Mark Steel
The good news is that instead of dull press conferences, the Bank of England will be asked to announce all future changes in interest rates by painting them on a mural in East Belfast with someone on a white horse.
11th  mark  steel  politics  independent  2018  october 
october 2018 by pnjman
The Suffocation of Democracy | Christopher R. Browning
Whatever secret reservations Mitch McConnell and other traditional Republican leaders have about Trump’s character, governing style, and possible criminality, they openly rejoice in the payoff they have received from their alliance with him and his base: huge tax cuts for the wealthy, financial and environmental deregulation, the nominations of two conservative Supreme Court justices (so far) and a host of other conservative judicial appointments, and a significant reduction in government-sponsored health care (though not yet the total abolition of Obamacare they hope for). Like Hitler’s conservative allies, McConnell and the Republicans have prided themselves on the early returns on their investment in Trump.
25th  october  2018  nyrb  christopher  browning  politics  usa  history  germany 
october 2018 by pnjman
Theresa May admitted it ‘makes no sense’ to do what she's insisted on for the past decade – does that really deserve praise? | Mark Steel
Of few meaningful announcements, the prime minister promised to allow councils to borrow money to build houses, which councils have been demanding – and the Tories have opposed – for decades.
4th  october  2018  independent  mark  steel  politics  conservatives 
october 2018 by pnjman
Trump’s America Is Following a Pattern Europe Knows All Too Well | Anne Applebaum
Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. History can tell us where this leads.
anne  applebaum  atlantic  october  2018  politics  poland  hungary 
september 2018 by pnjman
Haleiwa, Hawaii | Paul Theroux
When people in Hawaii first learned of North Korea’s latest threat — that it might soon launch a preemptive strike that could obliterate our lovely islands with a nuclear bomb as powerful as those that wiped out Hiroshima and Nagasaki — it was news for a few days. Older people mumbled about Pearl Harbor. Then we islanders went back to the issues that really concern us: the terrible traffic, the chronic homeless problem, the unfunded Honolulu Rail Transit project, the cost of gas, and the surf report — not necessarily in that order. “How often do you go to the States?” tourists sometimes ask, to the great annoyance of people here, which though very distant from the mainland is no stranger to the mainland’s woes.
october  2017  paul  theroux  hawaii  harpers 
may 2018 by pnjman
The a yahoo With the Microphone | Martin Amis
Ranting in the rust belt with Donald Trump's perpetual-validation machine.
23rd  october  2017  esquire  martin  amis  politics  usa  trump  donald 
october 2017 by pnjman
The Labour Party's got so sexist that Trump and Weinstein will release a joint statement condemning its behaviour | Mark Steel
If you were a cynic you might suggest that sometimes the people professing outrage aren’t really all that horrified at all.
26th  october  2017  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2017 by pnjman
The slow train to Tallinn | Matthew Engel
The Baltic state of Estonia, where people place great trust in technology – but not the motives of their neighbours.
24th  october  2017  new  statesman  matthew  engel  travel  politics  estonia 
october 2017 by pnjman
In the Loop | Jonathan Meades.
The gulf between the arts and art
tls  jonathan  meades  talk  art  18th  october  2017 
october 2017 by pnjman
Cultural regeneration is a racket | Jonathan Meades
A moratorium on landmark architecture and garish shelters for art like Bilbao's Guggenheim.
jonathan  meades  spectator  21st  october  2017  architecture  politics 
october 2017 by pnjman
People should run through fields of stinging nettles naked for their benefits | Mark Steel
If your electricity has been cut off, you have to screw your application form into a ball and dribble it through a line of cones before kicking it into a bucket. That way you can soon come off benefits and earn £5m a year as a winger for Manchester City.
12th  october  2017  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2017 by pnjman
What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution? | Ian Frazier
We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century ago.
october  2017  smithsonian  ian  frazier  politics  history  russia  communism 
september 2017 by pnjman
Pardon the American Taliban | Paul Theroux
In the mid-1960s a young American teacher in a small central African country became involved with a group of political rebels — former government ministers mostly — who had been active in the struggle for independence. They had fallen out with the authoritarian prime minister, objecting to his dictatorial style. The country was newly independent, hardly a year old. The men advocated democratic elections and feared that the prime minister would declare himself leader for life in a one-party state.
22nd  october  2016  nyt  paul  theroux  politics 
june 2017 by pnjman
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors | Jack Losh
In a tranquil village more than 600 miles from Ukraine’s front line, locals feel the war.
31st  october  2016  roads&kingdoms  jack  losh  travel  ukraine 
october 2016 by pnjman
Toby Young's I, Daniel Blake review in the Daily Mail is truly magnificent | Mark Steel
I’ve never reviewed a film and I’ve not seen it yet, so I’m highly qualified to tell you how miserable Ken Loach’s latest offering is.
politics  mark  steel  independent  october  27th  2016 
october 2016 by pnjman
We need to test refugee children to make sure we’re getting the ones we ordered | Mark Steel
It makes you proud that we’re a Christian nation, acting on the words of Jesus when he said: ‘Let the suffering children come, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these – but not that bastard, he’s 19 if he’s a day’.
20th  october  2016  mark  steel  independent  politics 
october 2016 by pnjman
Who could have guessed that Donald Trump was sexist and uncouth? | Mark Steel
To Trump’s credit, though it was expected that once he won the nomination he’d abandon his rough style and aim to appear more statesmanlike, he’s avoided that trap and stayed true to himself – even heading the other way. So there must be more to look forward to yet.
13th  mark  steel  october  2016  independent  politics  donald  trump 
october 2016 by pnjman
The Mystery of Old Chimneys | Jessica Boak
How did this British beer rise from obscurity to Internet stardom?
2016  all  about  beer  12th  october  jessica  boak  ray  bailey 
october 2016 by pnjman
Cape Adare | Maciej Cegłowski
When we are twenty-seven nautical miles north of Cape Adare, whatever entity is in charge of Antarctic ambiance wakes up in a panic and starts mashing buttons on its console.
7th  october  2016  idle  words  maciej  cegłowski  travel  antarctica 
october 2016 by pnjman
Thank God Theresa May is continuing the historic Tory tradition of fighting the elite | Mark Steel
Whenever an elite is unjust, anywhere in the world, from South Africa to Chile to Saudi Arabia, it’s been the Conservative Party that has bravely fought them by selling them weapons and inviting their leaders to dinner.
6th  october  2016  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2016 by pnjman
Newsflash for Tories: Being On the Dole Sucks | Clive Martin
It's not the paradise for young shirkers that David Cameron imagines it to be.
3rd  october  2013  vice  clive  martin  politics 
october 2016 by pnjman
The Hypocrisy of ‘Helping’ the Poor | Paul Theroux
Every so often, you hear grotesquely wealthy American chief executives announce in sanctimonious tones the intention to use their accumulated hundreds of millions, or billions, “to lift people out of poverty.” Sometimes they are referring to Africans, but sometimes they are referring to Americans. And here’s the funny thing about that: In most cases, they have made their fortunes by impoverishing whole American communities, having outsourced their manufacturing to China or India, Vietnam or Mexico.
2nd  october  2015  nyt  paul  theroux  politics  usa 
september 2016 by pnjman
Damned Old Graham Greene | Paul Theroux
The Life Of Graham Greene Volume Three: 1955-1991. By Norman Sherry. Illustrated. 906 pp. Viking. $39.95.
17th  october  2004  paul  theroux  nyt  literature  book  review  graham  greene 
august 2016 by pnjman
The Wizard Of Kansas | Paul Theroux
Prairy Erth (A Deep Map). By William Least Heat-Moon. 624 pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. $24.95.
27th  october  1991  nyt  paul  theroux  literature  review  book  travel 
august 2016 by pnjman
An Affair She Seems Not to Have Remembered | Paul Theroux
DIANA The Goddess Who Hunts Alone. By Carlos Fuentes. Translated by Alfred Mac Adam. 218 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $22.
22nd  october  1995  paul  theroux  literature  nyt  book  review 
august 2016 by pnjman
Finding Room at the Top | Paul Theroux
Soaring Spaces for a Collector's Residence High Above Columbus, Ohio.
31st  october  2003  paul  theroux  architectural  digest 
july 2016 by pnjman
Inn on the Blue Horizon | Paul Theroux
An Intimate Escape off the Coast of Puerto Rico.
31st  october  2000  architectural  digest  paul  theroux  travel  puerto  rico  vieques 
july 2016 by pnjman
Lunch with Sepp Blatter | Malcolm Moore
His reputation may be spoiled but his legacy remains intact, the suspended president of Fifa insists over ‘Mama Blatter’s salad’ in Zuric.
29th  october  2015  ft  malcolm  moore  interview  sepp  blatter  football 
october 2015 by pnjman
Chinese Goulash | Cher Tan
Life hasn’t always been easy for Budapest’s Chinese migrants, but food is helping bring two cultures together.
29th  october  2015  roads&kingdoms  cher  tan  food  china  hungary 
october 2015 by pnjman
So, Lord Lloyd-Webber, what would Jesus do about tax credits cuts? | Mark Steel
If there’s one thing he couldn’t stand, it was the poor whining on about being hungry.
29th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
If trade helps improve human rights, it's time Isis ran a UK industry | Mark Steel
Then we’ll be in an ideal position to chat to them about the ways they kill all their innocent people.
22nd  steel  mark  china  politics  independent  october  2015 
october 2015 by pnjman
There Once Was a Dildo in Nantucket | Ben Shattuck
On The Wives Of Whalers And Their Dildos, Aka "he's-At-Homes".
16th  ben  sexuality  october  nantucket  literary  hub  2015  relationships  shattuck 
october 2015 by pnjman
On Tinder, Off Sex | Ali Rachel Pearl
Living a life where secondary abstinence isn’t exactly a first choice.
pearl  2015  october  15th  rachel  ali  relationships  nyt 
october 2015 by pnjman
Saudi Arabia is our friend. It's just a bit difficult to love | Mark Steel
If Corbyn wants to be taken seriously, he really needs to sell planes and arrange deals on human rights with a King who beheads people.
15th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics  saudi  arabia 
october 2015 by pnjman
Is the difference between a bar and a pub becoming irrelevant? | Pete Brown
Why the difference between a bar and a pub is becoming less relevant as venues like award-winning Purecraft proves being both is a way of enticing all types of custom.
13th  october  2015  morning  advertiser  pete  brown  beer  birmingham 
october 2015 by pnjman
The Unbearable Lightness of Klopp | Brian Phillips
What Liverpool’s New Manager Could Mean for the Premier League.
brian  phillips  grantland  9th  october  2015  football  liverpool  jürgen  klopp 
october 2015 by pnjman
Of course it doesn't matter what words Corbyn actually says | Mark Steel
Like Cameron, everyone can just make pretend the Labour leader said something totally different.
9th  october  2015  independent  mark  steel  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
Labour’s haunted tennis ball and the Slytherin chancellor | Frankie Boyle
At this year’s party conferences, the Lib Dems looking like a cargo cult, Labour saddled with a listener not a leader and the Tories happy to bung equality on the pyre.
8th  october  2015  guardian  frankie  boyle  politics 
october 2015 by pnjman
Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare’s Language | Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Until the late Victorian era, the Bard’s plays were often heavily edited for the stage. What changed?
6th  october  2015  new  yorker  daniel  pollack-pelzner  shakespeare  literature  language 
october 2015 by pnjman
What's that? Jeremy Corbyn doesn't want to cause a nuclear holocaust?? | Mark Steel
It’s such a shame Labour didn’t elect somebody more moderate who would be willing to press the button, such as Kim Jong-un.
october  independent  politics  mark  Jeremy  2nd  2015  steel  corbyn 
october 2015 by pnjman
Back Burnley? | James Meek
In May the BNP sent shockwaves through the country by capturing five council seats in the depressed former textile town of Burnley. But what happened next?
16th  october  2003  guardian  james  meek  politics  bnp  burnley 
april 2015 by pnjman
Who should be the next Archbishop of Canterbury? And why can't we run railways like the French? | Jonathan Meades
The big questions of the week - including one that members of the National Secular Society might not describe as top priority.
jonathan  15th  meades  october  2012  independent 
march 2015 by pnjman
Why should Fiona Woolf be expected to remember every dinner date? | Mark Steel
If they have to replace her they could always get Lady Brittan to do the job instead.
23rd  october  2014  mark  steel  independent 
october 2014 by pnjman
Why Guinness is late to the craft beer party | Pete Brown
It’s a little-known fact (outside beer geek circles) that stout, the beer that defines Ireland, has its origins not in Dublin but London.
15th  october  2014  londonlovesbuisness  pete  brown  beer  guinness 
october 2014 by pnjman
Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman | Charlie Brooker
It’s a stealth adventure with nowhere to hide and hundreds of respawning enemies waiting to attack you the moment you stand out in any way.
20th  charlie  brooker  2014  october  gaming  guardian 
october 2014 by pnjman
With Scotland, Cameron’s taken broken promises to a whole new level | Mark Steel
Whatever you think about Scottish independence, doing the opposite of what is pledged or vowed appears to be the rule now.
politics  steel  indpendent  2014  16th  october  mark 
october 2014 by pnjman
I Spent a Day Pretending to Be a Tourist in London | Clive Martin
I wanted to see what it's like to be a stranger in my own city.
october  london  martin  travel  13th  2014  clive  vice 
october 2014 by pnjman
Why vote Labour if they plan to keep all the Tories’ policies? | Mark Steel
With no distinct ideas to promote, Ed Miliband is bound to come over as pointless
9th  october  2014  independent  mark  steel  politics  labour  ed  miliband 
october 2014 by pnjman
The Ball is the End | Brian Phillips
Assessing Lionel Messi’s Career on the 10th Anniversary of His Debut for Barcelona.
2014  october  7th  grantland  brian  phillips  football  lionel  messi 
october 2014 by pnjman
Tales of the Trash | Peter Hessler
A neighborhood garbageman explains modern Egypt.
13th  october  2014  new  yorker  peter  hessler  egypt  travel 
october 2014 by pnjman
This awesome dissection of internet hyperbole will make you cry and change your life | Charlie Brooker
Exaggeration is the official language of the internet. Only the most strident statements have any impact. Oversteer and oversell, all the time.
6th  october  2014  charlie  brooker  guardian 
october 2014 by pnjman
In Farageland | James Meek
Thanet, where Nigel Farage will try to win a Westminster seat at the next election, lies nicely along the axis of his commute between his home in South London and his office at the European Parliament in Brussels. If Kent, cartographically speaking, is England’s right foot, the Isle of Thanet is its big toe, pointing east into the sea towards Belgium. It hasn’t been an actual island since the 15th century, when the channel separating it from the English mainland silted up, but it’s still surrounded by water on three sides, and when the sun shines in summer, the light suffusing the air over the chubby peninsula has a vertiginous depthlessness, as if you’d come to the rim of the world and a few steps forward would take you into some infinite, radiant void. It’s easy to see why Turner told Ruskin that the skies over Thanet were the most beautiful in Europe.
9th  october  2014  lrb  james  meek  politics  ukip  kent 
october 2014 by pnjman
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