Essential Work

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in too many changes to enumerate. Many of these changes are material or behavioural. But some are psychological. People's attitudes have evidently altered with respect to more or less every facet of life, whether it's the value of work, free time, travel, material consumption, or anything else. One change has… Continue reading Essential Work

Corbyn’s Brexit Neutrality

Jeremy Corbyn made headlines last Friday. In addition to his party's pledge to put to a referendum any deal they strike to leave the EU against the option to remain, he said that as Prime Minister he would adopt a 'neutral stance' on the two options. He later justified the decision as 'a sensible way… Continue reading Corbyn’s Brexit Neutrality

On Jan Leyk on Mesut Özil

The Sunday before last, German footballer and 2014 World Cup winner, Mesut Özil caused huge controversy, especially in Germany, when he retired from international football because, to unhelpfully condense the whole affair into one sentence, ‘racism should never ever be accepted’. The whole unseemly episode began when Özil and German team-mate Ilkay Gundoğan, who both enjoy… Continue reading On Jan Leyk on Mesut Özil

Are More Important Goals Better Goals?

In the 64th minute of yesterday's Champions League final, Gareth Bale scored an outrageous bicycle kick to give eventual winners Real Madrid the lead over Liverpool. Here it is. During the BBC’s Radio 5 Live coverage (at 1:25:33), commentators Mark Lawrenson and Chris Waddle debated whether it was a greater goal than Cristiano Ronaldo’s… Continue reading Are More Important Goals Better Goals?

Guest Post: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem – Kathleen Stock

This post was originally posted at the Thinking About Fiction blog, here. I have a problem. I love mid-period Woody Allen films. In no particular order, I love: the jokes, the affection, the humanity, the characterisation, the depiction of family life, the locations, the performances, the references to other films, books and poetry, the clothes, the music,… Continue reading Guest Post: Imaginative Resistance and the Woody Allen Problem – Kathleen Stock

Saudi Reform and the Assault on Yemen

There's been a flurry of recent news coverage tentatively hailing a possible new era of a liberally reformed Saudi Arabia. The tentativity is appropriate; puff pieces casting various Saudi Royals as the next great reformers have featured in anglophone press outlets for years (David Ignatius, anyone?). The coverage includes a segment on the BBC's flagship… Continue reading Saudi Reform and the Assault on Yemen