Joan Didion: understands that, often, the only way to tell the truth is to be frank about the ways in which you are ill-equipped to do so.   Photograph: Neville Elder/Corbis Sygma

Eight or 10 years ago, I started to hear interesting reports from people I know who teach writing. Students, these writers told me, were expressing an(...)

The late British art critic and prize-winning author John Berger, who died aged 90,  on January 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Jacob Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Upon his death earlier this week, John Berger was described by British artist David Shrigley as “the best ever writer on art”. It was not the first o(...)