Jul 10

TLS review: the paywall gets personal

A review of mine appears today in the Times Literary Supplement and the paywall issue gets personal.

In the wake of the relaunch of the websites for The Times and Sunday Times, the TLS site is apparently still under construction. I can’t see a link to my review and the closest is the contents page online. My sadness is only partly to do with the new paywall. The TLS never put all its contents onto the old TimesOnline site and since this is a less prominent “back half” review, it might not have made it into an online version even under the old arrangements.

No doubt the new TLS site will shake out some of these snags. Maybe I’ll even adjust to not being able to send or post links to what I write. But I rather doubt it. I write relatively infrequently and I’m having a problem adjusting. What’s it like for those writing every day?

Anyway the review is about books by foreign and war correspondents and it’s on p23 of the TLS, which is of course full of good stuff and great value for money.


Jan 10

A rare kind of journalism

I’ve been reading and reviewing the third and latest collection of essays by Timothy Garton Ash. His pieces, mostly from the New York Review of Books, are a rich mixture of reportage and reflection. The trick lies in the exact mixture of those two elements. My TLS review here.


Nov 09

If anyone can publish, what is a journalist?

There’s a great post by Andrew Sullivan on “why I blog” which describes with great clarity the relative advantages of blogs and longer print pieces and what suits either mode. He does both and uses them for different purposes. I guess I’m bound to use something of the same pattern: short posts alternating with longer pieces which may well be easier to read in print (don’t worry: only the links will be here). And having switched to academic life I get asked what I think about the future of news, newspapers and journalism even more often than I did when I worked on a paper. So here’s the last long piece I did on this, cunningly disguised as a book review: