Be my character

Is the book you are holding art, or just merchandise? Why is J. M. Coetzee's work literature while Dan Brown's isn't?


Everyman’s day

Cultural fast food joints, the Kentucky Fried Chicken of the human spirit, have banished any foolish optimism about enlightenment


Brod insults Brod

‘Magma’ is a powerful send-up of the hogwash that dominates the "literary life" of our times


The McGuffin

The paradigm of the McGuffin is in The Maltese Falcon, perhaps the most garrulous movie in the history of cinema