One of the more entertaining typos I have seen recently was in a press release about a man who was said to be available for interview although “based (...)

Whale of a time: Customers drink at the Somewhere bar in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, earlier this month, after the state’s supreme court struck down governor Tony Evers’s stay-at-home order. Photograph: Tannen Maury/EPA

The writer and philosopher John Moriarty regarded Moby Dick by Herman Melville as “the best diagnosis and prognosis we have of the Western adventure i(...)

Ad Astra marks director James Gray’s second collaboration with Brad Pitt

The film industry is seldom a cake-walk, but even by the various standards of the “biz”, James Gray’s career has been a fraught one. His second film, (...)

As first published in 1851, the title of Moby-Dick has a hyphen, something since dropped by many reprints, all film versions, and now – accidentally – by me. Photograph: iStock

It seems that in writing about a certain literary masterpiece yesterday, and to the great annoyance of at least one admirer of the book, I omitted a s(...)

Herman Melville: bicentenary of birth

The bicentenary of Herman Melville’s birth on August 1st reminds me, among other things, of why I stopped reading library books. This is because abou(...)

Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), which he also co-directed and choreographed

It’s 8am local time in Los Angeles, and Patricia Ward Kelly has already been out, walking her two rescue dogs, Isabella and Francesco. “Isabella is f(...)

Yale University, whose alumni include more than 20 Nobel Prize-winners, is located in the gritty city of New Haven, Connecticut. Photograph: iStock

Our flight destination in the US is to Bradley International. That would make an excellent pub quiz trivia question: in which US state is Bradley Inte(...)

Marion Cotillard in Ismael’s Ghosts

We all like films that ask questions. The weirder and more slippery the questions the better. Right? The problem comes when we’re not sure if the ques(...)

Claire Denis with Juliette Binoche, who stars in her latest film Let The Sunshine In

“When you say ‘female director’ I already want to stop this conversation!” Claire Denis almost yells. “Female director? I feel like I am an animal. I (...)

 Karl Ove Knausgaard: ‘All the great writers were meant to be sparse and minimal, like Beckett. That... completely f**ked my writing up. It didn’t suit me.’   Photograph: Simone Padovani/ Awakening/ Getty Images

I am sitting opposite Karl Ove Knausgaard, the best-selling Norwegian novelist, and he has just told me that toast – as in, lightly grilled breakfast (...)

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