DJ Taylor

David John Taylor is a British critic, novelist and biographer.

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Natasha Spendlove belongs to a rarefied part of the demographic: the rich man's girlfriend

Being a rich man's girlfriend qualifies you for nothing, except the position you inhabit

Public concerns over a third Heathrow runway appear to be secondary to the needs of businesses

Business people are the new trade unions - unelected but continually to be appeased in case they turn nasty

All-round subservience to commercial muscle extends across the political spectrum

Ernest is an obstructive administrative force whose fame derives from his bureaucratic zeal

Everyone agrees that he would have made a wonderful civil servant

E L James sold 647,000 copies of her latest book in three days – without the help of the critics

E L James's book Grey is a reminder of how the phenomenon of the best-seller works

It's hard to understand why so many are buying it – but then best-selling was ever an inexact science

AD Penumbra's reputation as a highbrow poet has far exceeded the rewards of his academic career

Alceste Diocletian Penumbra has been lecturing in Oriental Languages at one of the smaller Cambridge colleges since the late 1980s. He has known no other employment. Yet he would be the first to contend that language-teaching is by no means the chief interest of an exceptionally quiet and blameless life.

Heard the one about a college course for comedians?

In the US, undergraduates will study the theory of comedy. But will this spoil the fun? Discuss...

Aspiring rock god Martin Starr finds that working in HMV gets in the way of his own musical career

The best time to inspect Martin Starr (a pseudonym – his real name is Higginbottom) is between the hours of 9am and 6pm, Mondays to Thursdays, at the local branch of HMV.

Michael Foot was slaughtered at the general election of 1983

There is a point (of sorts) to the futile gesture...

... but, whether in politics or poetry, it's more about the person making it than about achieving an aim

The players who turn out on Hackney Marshes every Sunday as well as the paid-up pros are all part of the same footballing family

Football's ugliness is integral to the beautiful game

Even the most obsessive football fans know that the lingering romantic idealism of the Corinthians cannot be separated from the stinking Fifa trough

Rossy Boy, voice of Loamshire FM, was brought up on the personality school of radio DJ-ing

It is 2.15pm in the cramped studio at Loamshire FM and, with the lunchtime show only a fleeting memory, Rossy Boy is in his element.

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