Clive James

Clive James, the author of numerous books of criticism, autobiography, and poetry, writes for the New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker. He lives in London.

April 5 2013 1:03 PMHow I Translated The Divine ComedyThe Inferno, Canto 26: Dante meets Ulysses.
April 5 2013 1:01 PMHow I Translated The Divine ComedyThe Inferno, Canto 1: Dante enters Hell.
Nov. 14 2010 7:13 AMBackyard MasterpiecesThe best thing about Christian Wiman is not that he reminds you of previous poets: it's that he makes you forget them.
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April 17 2007 5:27 PMIsoroku YamamotoThe poet who planned Pearl Harbor.
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April 10 2007 7:30 AMPaul ValéryHow poets write great poems.
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April 2 2007 7:06 AMLeon TrotskyHe was a mass murderer, not the true champion of the working class.
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March 27 2007 2:22 PMEdgar QuinetThe man who understood the true cost of violent revolution.
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March 16 2007 7:18 AMAlfred PolgarThe forgotten wit who Marlene Dietrich had hoped would write her biography.
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March 8 2007 7:36 AMLewis NamierThe eccentric historian who changed British postwar culture.
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March 2 2007 12:56 PMGeorg Christoph LichtenbergLessons on how to write.
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Feb. 23 2007 7:30 AMErnst JüngerDid he help Hitler rise?
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Feb. 20 2007 2:52 PMTerry GilliamWhat Braziltells us about torture today.
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Feb. 14 2007 11:51 AMDuke EllingtonThe supremacy of swing.
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Feb. 9 2007 7:17 AMDick CavettThe secret art of the talk-show host
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Feb. 5 2007 3:34 PMAnna AkhmatovaAssessing the Russian poet and femme fatale.
April 5 2013 1:02 PMHow I Translated The Divine ComedyThe Inferno, Canto 5: Dante meets Paolo and Francesca.
April 5 2013 1:00 PMHow I Translated The Divine ComedyAn introduction to the beauty, variety, and drive of Dante’s epic poem—plus three cantos from The Inferno.
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April 20 2007 7:13 AMStefan ZweigThe incarnation of humanism.
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April 12 2007 12:53 PMLudwig WittgensteinIn search of the real artichoke.
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April 6 2007 12:47 PMDubravka UgresicA defender of women's rights and a brilliant journalist.
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March 29 2007 10:45 AMJean-­Paul SartreThe nothingness at the heart of his philosophy.
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March 23 2007 1:22 PMRainer Maria RilkeWhat his career—taken along with Bertolt Brecht's—tells us about fame.
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March 13 2007 7:23 AMGrigory OrdzhonokidzeWhen mass murderers repent.
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March 27 2007 2:21 PMNadezhda MandelstamHow one wife's suffering changed how we see Communism.
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Feb. 26 2007 2:55 PMAlexandra KollontaiThe flaws of Soviet feminism.
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Feb. 21 2007 12:41 PMAdolf HitlerHow the intellectual climate in Germany shaped the future Führer.
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Feb. 16 2007 2:28 PMEgon FriedellThe art of conversation.
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Feb. 12 2007 12:12 PMSergei DiaghilevOn generosity, artistic slobs, and dressing to kill.
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Feb. 7 2007 7:11 AMJorge Luis BorgesCan a great writer be blind to the world around him?



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  News & Politics
Damned Spot
Sept. 30 2014 9:00 AM Now Stare. Don’t Stop. The perfect political wife’s loving gaze in campaign ads.
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
Dear Prudence
Sept. 30 2014 6:00 AM Drive-By Bounty Prudie advises a woman whose boyfriend demands she flash truckers on the highway.
  Double X
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
Future Tense
Sept. 30 2014 7:36 AM Almost Humane What sci-fi can teach us about our treatment of prisoners of war.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 30 2014 7:30 AM What Lurks Beneath The Methane Lakes of Titan?
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.