Jack London

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Battling a wildfire in Anaheim Hills, California, in October. Photograph: Jeff Gritchen/ AP

‘Ever get the feeling God has a secret plan for California?” asks my godson Dara, deadpan Dub wit that he is. You think you have it bad? For months (...)

Author Philip Roth, at home in Manhattan’s Upper West Side in January 2018. Photograph: Philip Montgomery/The New York Times

With the death of Richard Wilbur in October, Philip Roth became the longest-serving member in the literature department of the American Academy of Art(...)

“Alas, my knock on the door of No 15 went unheard, except apparently by a giant papier maché head of Joyce that leered at me from a ground-floor window”

Rain was general all over Ireland on Wednesday night. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly up(...)

Hubert Mingarelli: “I prefer not to invite writers, for fear of being disappointed”. Photograph: Ji-Elle

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Martin Eden by Jack London. What was your favourite book as a child? I do not rem(...)

The best dystopian novels are really about the societies in which they are written and not exercises in futurology

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. It inspired the title of Ray Bradbury’s novel about a future in which firemen (...)

If, as the American philosopher William James observes, “the stirring of our flesh with picturesque mystery and gloom” makes “a work of art romantic”,(...)