Bob Dylan’s debilitating writer’s block in the late-1980s and how he came out of it. And why the world missed the ensuing masterpiece.

This is perhaps the most interesting story in Bob Dylan’s life. The most human moment in a superhuman career that has changed the course of music several…

And why Abba’s songs are no longer mere guilty pleasures

It’s an obvious truism that the real test of any kind of art is not if it is popular as the flavour of the season but if it lasts, and resonates years after it first came into being. …

In 2019, 151,000 people died in India due to road accidents. Anyone suggesting that no one should step outside anymore to save those lives would get pronounced insane, right? …

Bob Dylan’s new film Shadow Kingdom breaks new ground, after a fashion

Bob Dylan’s latest sleight of hand is the new “live concert” called Shadow Kingdom, that he did on July 18th 2021 - his first broadcast event this century (after MTV Unplugged in 1994). The $28.75 …

A week after India’s loss to New Zealand in the WTC final, it has been amusing to witness the sheer small-mindedness from so many quarters. Many ex-cricketers, perhaps smarting from the imagined ignominy of getting their prediction of an easy Indian win wrong, are attributing this to luck and the…

A conversation that took place in March 2017 about a format formulated by Impact Index for the World Test Championship.

Illustrations: Vasim Maner

Lawrence Booth is the editor of Wisden Almanack, the youngest in 72 years when he was appointed in 2011.

He responds to a new idea on this tournament to Jaideep…

Two posts between New Zealand’s thrashing of England in the second Test at Birmingham and the WTC final at Southampton.

WHY NEW ZEALAND ARE STRONG FAVOURITES IN THE WTC FINAL
Posted on 16th June here.

With cloudy weather along with some rain now being predicted at Southampton during much of…

Casual and shallow alarm-mongering as a regular accompaniment to Covid

Just for perspective, even if we take only official Indian Covid figures into account, more people died in the two months of April and May 2021 than the entire 12 months before that. That’s about 170,000 Covid deaths in two…

VAN MORRISON’S STRONGEST ALBUM IN 30 YEARS BREAKS NEW GROUND

The football score-like headline above alludes to the number of songs in Van Morrison’s recently-released album that directly or indirectly take on the “Woke” identity politics of this era, and its manifestations in mainstream and social media. While 28 songs…

This is a historic moment in India, for the scale of crisis upon us, and the precipice we’re facing.

Whichever way this goes, it is important to remember that is a man-made crisis on a scale that demands accounting for, for the sake of history and for never repeating it…

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