David F. McAllister (b. 92) is a writer and editor based in London.

Selected writing:

i. Essays

What Annie Ernaux owes to memory
On a Nobel prize winner

Picasso’s indefinable legacy
On legacies and bad behaviour

Our land
On the way things have always been

The measure of all things
On what counts

ii. Reviews & criticism

Troll of the tropics
On Mário de Andrade

Reasons to linger
On Aidan Koch’s Spiral & Other Stories

Painting the Klan
On Tate Modern’s Philip Guston

Glasgow kisses

On Douglas Stuart’s Young Mungo

Scots without Scotland
On Murray Pittock’s Scotland: The Global History

Francis Bacon looks at animals
On Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

iii. Interviews

The BBC and CNN are very biased
Ai Weiwei

The imagination is a really generous space

Michael Rakowitz

Conservatives must avoid seeming obsessed with money

Maurice Saatchi

Work is just a flimsy excuse to meet people

Cornelia Parker

The biggest challenge was to make the audience feel their complicity
Richard Mosse

iv. Columns

The people’s Overground
On what’s in a name

For men, online dating is a tall order
On average height

Care about social mobility? Don’t send your kids to Oxbridge

On networks of privilege