Criticism

When Fleabag was a play everyone slagged it off – except The Spectator

10 April 2019 14:36

Over the past six weeks something odd has happened. Head to the culture pages of any newspaper and you can’t…

Lars von Trier’s latest film rightly resists the idea that art must be morally correct and inoffensive

18 May 2018 17:05

Danish director Lars von Trier is back at Cannes Film Festival, proclaiming that ‘it’s all good – we had a…

Why do people always assume critics are male?

4 April 2014 12:05

I offer you a riddle. It’s worthy of the Sphinx guarding Thebes, but if you’ve got half the brain of…

Sheila Heti: ‘I did worry putting sex in the book would eclipse everything else’

31 May 2013 9:27

There is a question which writers (and readers) of literary fiction get tired of hearing: which bits really happened? The…

Interview with James Wood

12 April 2013 8:15

James Wood is arguably the most celebrated, possibly the most impugned, and definitely the most envied, literary journalist living. By…

Robert Hughes – The novelty of the shock

18 September 2012 9:43

The real shock of the new came in 1991. It was sobering, and it was reverent, which aren’t exactly the…

Chris de Burgh is an Angry, Misunderstood, Man. Apparently.

11 September 2009 15:36

From the Department of Criticism: the Irish Times handed my old Dublin University Players contemporary Peter Crawley the unenviable task…