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The object of love

In the mutable world of pop Morrissey maintained a fixed vision for more than a decade. In return for his articulate expressions of angst, his fans have offered as dogged an appreciation as the themes of their hero The Guardian, 26 February 1994 I was never interested in The Smiths. My brother gave me a […]

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I run, you run…

Interview with Usain Bolt I run. You run. He runs. Equality as well as rhythm inhabits those inflections. Everything a human being can do is shared out in them. Whatever the verb – talk, sleep, eat, breathe, walk, run – they demonstrate that our actions are gestures in common. They define our activity, our energy. […]

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Constantinople on foot, Antibes in a Jaguar

Interview with Patrick Leigh Fermor Guardian, London October 1992 10 June 2011 – Nearly twenty years ago I interviewed Patrick Leigh Fermor when he was awarded a small but lustrous French literary prize by the town of Antibes in the south of France. He died today at the age of ninety-six and this account is […]

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