Sam Leith is the literary editor of the spectator, a columnist for the Evening Standard and author of You Talkin’ to Me?
You don’t need deckle edge books on your shelves to be glad that they exist. I fancy that Spear’s readers will, on the whole, number among those with the broadness of spirit to share that view
Now music – and, perhaps, poetry too – is just everywhere and always. Everything is the sound of now
Telly used to be a sort of cultural texture. Certain shows defined a generation because – even if they totalled only 15 or 20 hours of screen time – they were on constantly
Some of the selections here might have the effect, as well as whiling away the hours, of making us count what remains of our blessings
Its popularity might have dwindled as the show went on, but Homeland was a show that tracked the temper of our times: paranoid, cynical and surveillance obsessed