Two items of note for you Anglophiles out there:
The BBC has collected its interviews with British authors in this amazing online archive. Listen to conversations with Virginia Woolf, P. G. Wodehouse, Kingsley Amis, Hilary Mantel, V. S. Naipaul...the list goes on. Alas I can't locate any Graham Greene, but this piece on J.R.R. Tolkien is a treat.
Speaking of Middle Earth, in the New Yorker Adam Gopnik (always a must-read) draws some intriguing parallels between the wizards in Tolkien's trilogy and the outsized characters who took the stage during World War II:
Both Churchill and Hitler were nineteenth-century Romantics, who believed in race and nation—in the Volksgeist, the folk spirit—as the guiding principle of history, filtered through the destinies of great men. (It is startling to think that, even in the darkest depths of the Second World War, J. R. R. Tolkien was writing the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, which contains, with the weird applicability available only to poetry and myth, the essential notion that the good gray wizard can understand the evil magi precisely because he is just enough like them to grasp their minds and motives in ways that they cannot grasp his.) Of course, Churchill and Hitler were, in the most vital respects, opposites. Churchill was, as Lukacs insists, a patriot, imbued with a love of place and people, while Hitler was a nationalist, infuriated by a hatred of aliens and imaginary enemies. But Churchill knew where Hitler was insecure and where he was strong, and knew how to goad him, too.