By MICHAEL CAINES
Well . . . what have I learned recently? That poetry is a medieval form of unreason and that some sui generis prose writers could win prizes for intellectual complacency – or hang on, is it the other way round? Either way, I've offended someone.
There is little to learn from such encounters, unfortunately, but I've enjoyed the predictability with which some have received my observations about, first, a storm-in-a-teacup literary prize, and then a novelist's revealing use of a single word. I suppose I should be looking around for a dramatist to offend. And I am going to see The Hard Problem soon . . .
But to stick with novels for now, here's something to look forward to: it's almost time for the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival, which is now in its seventh year. . . .