Jonathan Franzen: the path to Freedom

I’m going to begin by addressing four unpleasant questions that novelists often get asked. These questions are apparently the price we have to pay for the pleasure of appearing in public. They’re maddening not just because we hear them so…
10 things not to say to someone when they’re ill

What no one ever tells you about serious illness is that it places you at the centre of a maelstrom of concerned attention from family and friends. Of course it does. That’s one of the nice things. It’s actually the…
The Iranian oil embargo: does this mean war?

The decision to impose an EU oil embargo on Iran, agreed on Monday by European foreign ministers, sets a potential bomb ticking, timed to detonate on 1 July. On that day, according to the package of measures on the table…