Mike Leigh

This Oscar-Nominated Biopic Is An Act of Anachronistic Class Warfare
February 17, 2015

Mike Leigh's movie confuses art with politics.

Family Business
May 21, 2010

Embarrassment is an important element in the pedagogy of experience. There are mistakes I will never make again because I made them once and was usefully shamed. In the winter of 1974, when I was a bright and callow student, and did not yet grasp the difference between knowledge and knowingness, I endured such a lucky education at the hands of Diana Trilling. The subject was the danger of simplification in the intellectual engagement with politics.