The opening to Philip Larkin’s poem ‘This Be The Verse’ is the most famous f-word in English poetry. It can survive parodies and remixing.
The battle between Hinault and Lemond in the 1986 Tour is an archetypal story: the old king and the young pretender.
Aretha brought gospel into popular music—and with it the whole history of Black America. On that lies her claim to greatness.
A fictional detective who tracks down lost records and gets into—and out of—trouble as a result. What’s not to like?
In their different ways, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein’s West Side Story are the sound of 20th century New York.
The great civil engineer Thomas Telford wasn’t admired by all of his contemporaries.
The playwright Alan Plater drew on jazz to inspire and improve his own writing. Some notes on his book Doggin’ Around.
Geraint Thomas’ tips on climbing, from his 2015 book, suddenly have a yellow-hued cachet.
Ragnar Johansson’s novel ‘White Out’—part of his ‘Dark Iceland series—is a dark and clever reworking of the country house murder mystery.
A poem can be improved by a mistake: W.H.Auden and Sheenagh Pugh.