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Will Self says people cannot pretend that looks do not matter.
Fri 2 Oct 2015
Will Self reflects on the significance of names, including his own.
Fri 25 Sep 2015
Will Self sees a love of habit as a shield against the unexpected in life.
Fri 18 Sep 2015
Will Self reflects on the various reasons for his inability to sleep soundly any more.
Fri 11 Sep 2015
PJ O'Rourke sizes up the candidates aspiring to be President of the United States.
Fri 4 Sep 2015
John Gray warns about the dangers of science that promises to enhance human abilities.
Fri 28 Aug 2015
John Gray discusses why it's time to rethink today's narrow view of atheism.
Fri 21 Aug 2015
John Gray frecalls the work of Eric Ambler and finds unsettling contemporary echoes.
Fri 14 Aug 2015
John Gray sees the euro as a misconceived project with Greece's economy as a casualty.
Fri 7 Aug 2015
Adam Gopnik reflects on the reason for our obsession with long-form television series.
Fri 31 Jul 2015
A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
Fri 24 Jul 2015
Peter Aspden reflects on the emotional power of the cultural influence of Greece.
Fri 17 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik reflects on the need to protect private communications in the internet age.
Fri 10 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik wonders why religious people are feeling 'persecuted' by same-sex marriage.
Fri 3 Jul 2015
Adam Gopnik's ten-year family reunion brings into focus the passage of time.
Fri 26 Jun 2015
Adam Gopnik's casts light on the mysterious relationship between words and music.
Fri 19 Jun 2015
Adam Gopnik concludes there are no indispensable people in any family or organisation.
Fri 12 Jun 2015
AL Kennedy on the drive to make money out of education.
Fri 5 Jun 2015
AL Kennedy reflects on how age changes our view of the past and the future.
Fri 29 May 2015
AL Kennedy explores the merits of courtesy, but she points out that it can be complicated.
Fri 22 May 2015
AL Kennedy says the election results in Scotland reflect a surge in political engagement.
Fri 15 May 2015
David Cannadine says Barack Obama is not the first American president to act like a king.
Fri 8 May 2015
A American writer PJ O'Rourke gives his view of the UK election.
Fri 1 May 2015
David Cannadine reflects on the merits of youth and age in political leaders.
Fri 24 Apr 2015
David Cannadine compares the style of national commemorations in the US and in Britain.
Fri 17 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson explains why he prefers art to ideology, especially at election time.
Fri 10 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson explains why he dislikes the narcissism of the selfie.
Fri 3 Apr 2015
Howard Jacobson thinks skimpy suits show men are suffering from a self-image crisis.
Fri 27 Mar 2015
Tom Shakespeare says that disabled people's right to independent living is under threat.
Fri 20 Mar 2015
Tom Shakespeare thinks that reformed select committees have revitalised Parliament.
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