When 'Mistress' Meant 'Mrs.' and 'Miss' Meant 'Prostitute'
September 12, 2014
In the 18th century, ‘Mrs.’ was more likely to indicate a businesswoman than a married woman.
It Is Our Duty to Practice Harsh Criticism
September 10, 2014
A literary manifesto for the ages.
A Scottish Writer Explains Why He's Voting for Independence
September 05, 2014
No, we don't hate the English. We just want to elect our own government.
Not everything was black and white back then.
If the English Premier League is the Best in the World, Why do the Three Lions Crash and Burn?
June 22, 2014
It’s not fair, mum!
This Is the Team That Actually Invented Total Football
June 11, 2014
They did it in stadium known as Wankdorf (some things a nine-year-old doesn't forget).
A British writer calls American soccer fans “derivative, excessive and utterly ridiculous.” Those same adjectives apply to his essay.
Rich Russians live all over Europe, and they spend a lot of money. If it wants to punish Putin, Europe has to persuade its citizens to forgo that cash.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist: How George Orwell Embraced England
January 10, 2014
This piece first appeared on newstatesman.com. Since whoever we are (save for a few sad Leninists) we all agree with George Orwell, it usually follows that Orwell must agree with us.
'The Selfish Giant': The Part of England Everyone Forgot
January 03, 2014
A masterpiece about rural, post-industrial England, based on an Oscar Wilde story.