Steven Connor

Steven Connor is the author of Paraphernalia: The Curious Lives of Magical Things and A Philosophy of Sport. From October he will be the Grace 2 Professor of English and Cambridge and a fellow of Peterhouse.

Disasters Galore: Nostradamus

Steven Connor, 27 September 2012

What is the point of prophets, and of prophecy? Not, it seems, to impart useful advance information about the future. One of the most irritating things about claims made for premonitions and other alleged forms of foresight is that they never seem to contain anything specific enough – the winner of the 4.30 at Lingfield, say, or whether it will be a white Christmas – for anyone to...

There can be no new reader, and therefore perhaps no wholly new reading of the collection of stories known as The Arabian Nights. Not because they have been exhausted by retelling and explication, but because we always seem to have encountered them, or some of them, already, somewhere else, at some other time in our lives we are not able quite to pin down. They are, in the phrase George Grote...

Tummy-Talkers: Ventriloquists

Jonathan Rée, 10 May 2001

In October 1951 one of the biggest celebrities of British radio entertainment went missing in the course of a railway journey from London to Leeds. His disappearance coincided with Labour’s...

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