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    1. July 24, 2015

      ‘Notes on the Death of Culture’, by Mario Vargas Llosa

      The belief that the spread of popular culture threatens high art has a long history. Flaubert made his allegiance plain...

    2. July 20, 2015

      Larmer Tree Festival, Wiltshire/Dorset border, UK — review

      This marking a quarter-century since the first Larmer Tree Festival, many of the audience were wearing silver: skirts,...

    1. June 8, 2015

      Much to learn from Yoda, public speakers still have

      What is there to be said about word order? Word order: what is there to be said about it? T S Eliot thought it was...

    2. May 27, 2015

      Bank staff: the unsung poets

      The overlap between poetry and banking is narrow and usually occupied by one man — TS Eliot, who was a clerk at Lloyds...

    3. March 27, 2015

      The Jew of Malta, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon — review

      “How sweet the bells ring now the nuns are dead!” Christopher Marlowe’s protagonist Barabas is not exactly sweetness...

    4. March 27, 2015

      Banks await return of volatility to drive FICC profits

      At Lloyds Bank in London, TS Eliot worked on the components of what is now called FICC — fixed income, currencies and...

    5. January 23, 2015

      ‘Young Eliot’, by Robert Crawford

      Within the bosom of every old man, said the philosopher William James, there is a dead young poet. TS Eliot, as Robert...

    6. December 18, 2014

      Cats, London Palladium — review

      Imagine: a musical based on a bunch of poems by T.S. Eliot, about moggies . . . and they think that will fill the West...

    7. October 27, 2014

      The spy left out in the cold is a tale all bosses should read

      We do not know very much about Eric Roberts. He joined Westminster Bank aged 17. He worked in various London branches....

    8. May 30, 2014

      The Diary: Nicola Barker

      I’m not an intellectual and I’ve never been shy of admitting as much (I do have the occasional good idea, yes, but...

    9. beyondbrics

      December 5, 2013

      December: season of EM currency drops (usually)

      As Christmas approaches in London, flutter-hungry bookies start taking bets on the likelihood of snowfall. Are EM...

    10. June 30, 2013

      Women at Business School: Gayle Peterson

      Gayle Peterson is director of the Women Transforming Leadership executive programme at the University of Oxford Saïd...

    11. June 6, 2013

      Cinema reviews: Behind the Candelabra, The Stone Roses: Made of Stone and After Earth

      The Financial Times, like many companies, urges its staff to disclose private interests. So here is mine regarding...

    12. February 1, 2013

      The emotional wasteland

      The Letters of TS Eliot, Volume 4: 1928-1929, edited by Valerie Eliot and John Haffenden, Faber, RRP£40, 826 pages The...

    13. November 19, 2012

      It’s time to elect a new people

      So, farewell H’Angus, monkey mayor of Hartlepool. Stuart Drummond, the thrice directly elected mayor of the northeast...

    14. October 26, 2012

      The dog bed and the Cézannes

      One of the world’s great art collections has just moved from its founder’s house to a new home. For years the...

    15. September 28, 2012

      Letter from Lex – shadowlands

      As T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem The Hollow Men: “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act,...

    16. April 19, 2012

      Good head for figures takes sculptor to the top

      Antony Gormley’s sculptures of the human form appear here, there and everywhere – in cities, in fields, in the sea, on...

    17. April 6, 2012

      The joys of being up close and personal

      One lunchtime a few weeks ago, I went to Waterstones in Piccadilly to hear Nadine Gordimer talk about her wonderful new...

    18. March 2, 2012

      Show me the money

      Wallace Stevens, as well as being America’s greatest 20th-century poet, was also a career professional in the insurance...

    19. February 24, 2012

      Class divisions and collisions

      Melvyn Bragg has described his new series, which goes by the straight-shooting title of Melvyn Bragg on Class and...

    20. January 25, 2012

      How should arts sponsors handle negative publicity?

      THE PROBLEM Last week the T.S. Eliot prize for poetry was awarded to John Burnside. But the award had been mired in...

    21. January 15, 2012

      The job: House historian

      Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian I spend my days sifting through old maps, deeds, census data and electoral...

    22. December 16, 2011

      The Diary: AN Wilson

      The literary festival, and its younger sister the literary lunch, are now more or less inescapable if you find yourself...

    23. November 25, 2011

      Mumbai, three years after 26/11

      As someone born in Bombay, as it was once called, but raised abroad, the city lived large in my imagination. It was the...

    24. September 23, 2011

      The Shadow of a Great Rock

      Modern languages are vanishing, Latin is off the map, but the single most lamentable difference I notice between my...

    25. June 25, 2011

      Gardeners in crime

      “What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow/ Out of this stony rubbish?” asked TS Eliot of the urban wasteland....

    26. June 24, 2011

      Dante in Love

      Dante in Love, by AN Wilson, Atlantic, RRP£25, 400 pages Dante Alighieri (born Florence 1265, died Ravenna 1321) is, AN...

    27. May 20, 2011

      No room for improvement

      Invited for tea to a wondrous New York mansion, where every piece of furniture had been conceived of by a famous artist...

    28. April 8, 2011

      From wasteland to Dreamland

      Oscar Wilde praised the taverns, TS Eliot composed some of “The Waste Land” in a shelter overlooking the beach and...

    29. March 18, 2011

      School for parental delusion

      When T.S. Eliot wrote about the cruellest month “mixing memory and desire”, he might also have had in mind that this is...

    30. March 11, 2011

      Poetry and emotion

      WB Yeats with his wife George in 1923 WB Yeats and George Yeats: The Letters, edited by Ann Saddlemyer, Oxford...

    31. October 16, 2010

      The rules of achievement

      Notes home from the school can so easily provoke an existential crisis. I remember my mother flinching at their...

    32. September 13, 2010

      True Friendship

      True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht and Robert Lowell Under the Sign of Eliot and Pound, by Christopher...

    33. FT Alphaville

      June 18, 2010

      The mirror crack'd

      One of the more interesting things to watch at the GAIM hedge fund conference in Monaco this year – more for light,...

    34. December 18, 2009

      In my beginning is my end

      Maureen Ellen O’Leary on her new back porch in Oakland, California, US TS Eliot as the bard of house renovation?...

    35. December 8, 2009

      Four Quartets

      This was not your ordinary, garden-variety concert. In fact, it was only half a concert. The locale, on Wednesday...

    36. November 16, 2009

      The Letters of TS Eliot

      The Letters of TS Eliot: Volume Two: 1923-1925 Edited by Valerie Eliot and Hugh Haughton Faber £35, 912 pages FT...

    37. August 10, 2009

      Afterlife

      Afterlife By Sean O’Brien Picador £14.99, 299 pages FT Bookshop price £11.99 The poet Sean O’Brien won both the TS...

    38. June 25, 2009

      Moved by life in the slow lane

      Mexico to the rescue. God bless it: it has outlived the Aztecs and the Alamo; it has survived war, earthquake and...

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