Fintan O’Toole

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist for The Irish Times and Leonard 
L. Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton. His most recent book is The Politics of Pain: Postwar England and the Rise of Nationalism. (November 2020)

William Hogarth: The March of the Guards to Finchley, 1750. ‘At right,’ Fintan O’Toole writes, ‘the notorious brothel-keeper Mother Douglas looks out on [English soldiers] from the King’s Head Tavern, while her employees display themselves from the other windows. On the left, an infected soldier grimaces in pain as he attempts to piss against a wall to which is affixed a flyer advertising the services of a well-known VD specialist.’

Vile Bodies

Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination

by Noelle Gallagher

June 27, 2019 issue

The King and I

Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics

by Chris Christie

Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House

by Cliff Sims

March 21, 2019 issue

Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, and his partner, Matthew Barrett, at an LGBTQ Pride festival, Dublin, June 2017

Celtic Myths

The Coming of the Celts, AD 1860: Celtic Nationalism in Ireland and Wales

by Caoimhín De Barra

March 7, 2019 issue

Mezzotint by Richard Earldom after a drawing by Robert Dighton, 1772

Powder His Face

Pretty Gentlemen: Macaroni Men and the Eighteenth-Century Fashion World

by Peter McNeil

October 11, 2018 issue

Bryan Cranston as Howard Beale in Ivo van Hove’s stage production of Network, 2017

Mad As Hell About What?


a play directed by Ivo van Hove, adapted by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, at the National Theatre, London, November 13, 2017–March 24, 2018

March 8, 2018 issue

Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore, and Alan Bennett performing in Beyond the Fringe, 1964

Backing Into the Spotlight

Keeping On Keeping On

by Alan Bennett

Balancing Acts: Behind the Scenes at London’s National Theatre

by Nicholas Hytner

January 18, 2018 issue

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