There is frequent reporting of local news, often betraying a hobbit-like
preoccupation with the availability of beer

The wisdom of someone who has lived a little is at the heart of the verse of the ancient poet who was adopted as the mascot of the Enlightenment

What arouses such fascination in this obscure literary figure?

There is a jarring disconnect between Michel Houellebecq’s critiques of sexual liberation and his dissolute lifestyle

Their lurid covers were catnip to bloodthirsty, impressionable teenagers

Books, beaches and a beloved bullet

Italo Calvino’s imagination spanned the cosmos but his concerns were very human

The Narnia author deserves to be remembered as a seer and a sage

Public life is becoming uglier, duller and more soul-destroying

The true scale of his legacy is gradually becoming apparent