Donald Trump has been using internet memes. It speaks to the increasingly infantile discourse he is promoting. Meanwhile, Europe’s own right-wing forces are growing, but there’s no room for memes.
I’ve never been to Russia. It’s a huge, bear-shaped hole at the eastern edge of my personal map of Europe. To me, and much of the rest of the West, … Continue reading Little Letterhole: The bear is back
Claudius the God asks us to consider whether it is right to support Claudius as he descends into despotism – not just for the characters in the story, but also for ourselves as readers – as illustrated by a fable about the moral choices of a dog.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is something of a forgotten land for us in Western Europe. In 2013, I spent a day in Herzegovina, and found a beautiful but sad country that deserves far more attention than it receives.
In the first of a new series, Letterhole looks classic at albums from around the world. This time, the seminal second album by Japanese electronic pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra goes under the spotlight.
In the 1920s and 30s, Germany threatened to be an important footballing nation, finishing third in the 1934 World Cup. In those days, they had a larger country from which to pick their talent – a far eastern province with a forgotten footballing history.
Pokémon took the world by storm in the late 1990s. For the Millennial generation, no other cultural phenomenon has come close to its influence. Pokémon GO, riding on a wave of nostalgia, has proved its endurance.
I, Claudius abounds with villains: there is the insane, incestuous Caligula; the sadistic Tiberius; and the power hungry Sejanus, but the most effective of them all is Livia Drusilla, the … Continue reading Little Letterhole: A villain worth remembering
Tourists may have begun to flock to Slovenia, but people already familiar with Prague and Budapest might easily mistake its capital of Ljubljana for a lesser imitation. By embracing its countercultural heritage, the city can prove that this is far from the truth.
The increasingly autocratic President of Turkey has been compared to an Ottoman Sultan, but in the relationship with his NATO allies Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is closer to a much older tradition.