Detective Fiction and the Case of Adam Dalgliesh

There’s a lot to enjoy in detective stories. I have pounded the mean pavements of Chicago with the ill-organised V. I. Warshawski, marvelled at the low-life losers who hang out with Kinky Friedman, admired the technological acumen of Liz Carlyle, and laughed out loud at the failure of the Feng Shui detective, speaker of a learned but not idiomatic form of English, […]

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Remembering at the Liturgy

What seems to be the oldest account of the institution of the Eucharist occurs in a letter of St Paul, where Christ’s words are given in the form ‘Take, eat, this is my body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of me…This cup is the new covenant in my blood. This do, as often as you drink it, […]

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In Praise of Chopin

The coming of the piano was one of the great leaps forward in western music. There was now a keyboard instrument capable of long legato passages, of crescendo and diminuendo, and of the sustained notes, whether or not prolonged by the use of a pedal, that make the Moonlight Sonata so beautiful. Already employed to good effect by Haydn and Mozart, […]

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