Münchhausen Manoeuvres. An extended version of a review of Slavoj Žižek, Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism (London and New York: Verso, 2012) and Seán Sheehan, Žižek: A Guide for the Perplexed, an edited version of which was published in the Times Literary Supplement, 26th October, 2012, pp. 21-2. [pdf version]
Review of Peter Sloterdijk, Terror From the Air, trans. Amy Patton and Steve Corcoran (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2009), Rage and Time: A Psychopolitical Investigation, trans. Mario Wenning (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010) and God’s Zeal: The Battle of the Three Monotheisms, trans. Wieland Hoban (Cambridge and Malden MA: Polity Press, 2009), in Critical Quarterly, 53 (2011): 107-12.
Thinking Perhaps Begins There: The Question of the Animal. A review-essay in Textual Practice (2007). [pdf version]
Her Light Materials. This review of Marina Warner’s Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media Into the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006) appeared in The Independent, 27 October, 2006, under the title ‘The Progress of the Soul’. [pdf version]
At Your Fingertips. An expanded version of a review of The Book of Touch, ed. Constance Classen (New York and London: Berg, 2005), that appeared in the Times Higher Education Supplement, 1757 (25 August 2006), p. 28.[pdf version]
Gruelling. An expanded version of a review article of Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist (2005), which appeared in theMail on Sunday on 21st August 2005.
Watching the Birdie. A response to the production of To You, The Birdie (Phèdre) by The Wooster Group at the Riverside Studios in May 2002, for a symposium on the work of the Wooster Group at the Cochrane Theatre London, 14-15 May 2002, organised by Andrew Quick and Adrian Streathfield.
Life Writing. An extended review of Ian Campbell Ross, Laurence Sterne: A Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), broadcast as Radio 3’s Book of the Month, Wednesday 21 March 2001.
Soul Subtlety. A review talk centring on Daniel Pick’s Svengali’s Web, broadcast as BBC Radio 3’s Book of the Month , 9 March 2000.
Remarks on Contemporary Music and Listening. Interview extracts broadcast as part of BBC Radio 3’s Settling the Score series and reprinted in Settling the Score: A Journey Through Twentieth-Century Music, ed. Michael Oliver (London: Faber and Faber, 1999).
How He Was: Samuel Beckett’s Lives. Review of two biographies of Beckett.
Romanticism, Modernity and Biography. The text of a talk broadcast as BBC Radio 3’s `Book of the Month’, October 28th, 1997.