Recently I was writing a piece on amusement parks, not the theme parks that are around today, but rather the historic kind that really flourished in th…
When I go to shop for clothes, I could be buying an outfit that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1950s, 1970s, or 1990s (except perhaps for the amount…
I've written a couple of pieces recently about murder and crime. First, the Bath school bombing of 1927, and then I reviewed a book on the phenomenon o…
In a piece for this month’s Spectator US, I review a book about the “girl stunt journalists” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, some of whose w…
In The Critic this month, I write about two recent books on our relationship with work. The pandemic moment has led people to reassess their relationsh…
I did not buy a puppy during the pandemic. But I might be looking to get a dog in the future so I started browsing some websites. And the first thing t…
Hello everyone, and welcome new readers. I’ve finally updated the title here to “Notes from the Field”, which was always my blog title, so has some con…
I mentioned on Twitter at the weekend the inclusion of an urban legend in the form about changing school names in San Francisco. And these sort of urba…
I posted my thoughts on cancel culture on twitter yesterday, and seemed to resonate with quite a few people.
My review of Chris Gosden’s book on the history of magic for Reason is now online. I find the ways our ancestors looked for patterns and magic in the w…
This month I have a piece in Spectator USA about the idea of the antiheroine. It’s a change I’ve noticed in TV and film in recent years, where for a lo…
Dear reader, you don’t need me to tell you that in so many ways this has been a crappy year. But it’s been a time for people rethinking a lot of things…