Jonathan Pearlman

Jonathan Pearlman is the editor of Australian Foreign Affairs and is a correspondent for the Telegraph (UK) and the Straits Times (Singapore). 

Jonathan Pearlman reviews 'T.S. Eliot: Lives and legacies' by Craig Raine

June 2007, no. 292 01 June 2007
Jonathan Pearlman reviews 'T.S. Eliot: Lives and legacies' by Craig Raine
At about the time that he was preparing the final drafts of The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot was preoccupied by a separate, but no less overwhelming question: when to sell his shares in the Hydraulic-Press Brick Company. In October 1922, the month the poem was published in the periodical he edited, the Criterion, Eliot wrote to his brother, Henry: ‘For myself, the important point is that Hydraulic sho ... (read more)

Jonathan Pearlman reviews 'Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West' by Waleed Aly

December 2007–January 2008, no. 297 01 December 2007
Jonathan Pearlman reviews 'Like Us: How arrogance is dividing Islam and the West' by Waleed Aly
There is only one verse in the Koran that deals with suicide. Its content seems pretty clear: ‘Do not kill yourselves’ (4:29). Of course, the verse has not stopped waves of Muslim suicide bombers in the past twenty-five years. Nor has it stopped a smattering of extremist Muslim clerics from using the Koran to promote or justify suicide missions. Their somewhat contorted reasoning usually goes ... (read more)