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The end of university as we know it?
Mary Beard asks: Has the iconic university lecture had its day?
A Word of Advice
Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the comment "If you don't like it here you can always leave"
Why Black Lives Matter
Bernardine Evaristo discusses how we historicise the past
Coronavirus and Convention
Adam Gopnik discusses how the pandemic is bringing out our most conventional behaviours.
Legacy Bottle Opener
Will Self discusses how the pandemic has affected our views of inheritance.
A Hazy Shade of Winter
Rebecca Stott tells the story of 536 AD - the year the sun 'disappeared'.
The Big Benefits of Smallness
Linda Colley on why being a small nation can be an advantage.
Gender in the Blender
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on changing attitudes to gender.
The End of Progress?
Will Self reflects on how the pandemic could affect our perception of human progress.
Tolerance: the Unfashionable Virtue
John Gray discusses why he believes liberals are turning their backs on tolerance.
A Fine Line
Adam Gopnik on why, during the pandemic, there's a fine line between clever... and stupid.
Michael Morpurgo questions whether we are educating our children or programming them.
Having the 'Wrong' Politics
Zoe Strimpel discusses growing divides between our social groupings.
Conspiracy Theories and a Good Hair Cut
Sarah Dunant on QAnon... and conversations with her hairdresser.
What's the Magic Number?
Tom Shakespeare discusses our changing attitudes to risk.
The Pro-Mask Movement
Bernardine Evaristo on why wearing a mask these days is the least we can do.
Reflections on My Mother's Kenwood Mixer
Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device.
The Great Conjunction
Adam Gopnik reflects on the appearance of Jupiter in the skies over Manhattan.
Will Self advocates a novel practice for our times.
Pets Aren't People!
Zoe Strimpel examines why we've become so passionately obsessed with dogs.
Don't Mention the War
Howard Jacobson with his personal reaction to a monumental week in US politics.
Sara Wheeler on lockdown for her brother, severely learning disabled, and others like him
Experience Trumps Facts
David Goodhart defends objective facts over personal experience.
Loving the Body Fat-tastic
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on body image and the fashion industry.
Will Self on why he's decided to "eat" buildings
Confessions of an Anti-Clasper
Howard Jacobson reflects on hugging, past and present.
Off the Map
Sara Wheeler on navigating unmapped territory.
Spiritual Pick and Mix
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on spirituality and syncretism.
New Year Letter from New York
Adam Gopnik on the bitter-sweet joys of cycling round Central Park.
A Turning Point for Democracy?
Adam Gopnik attempts to make sense of events in Washington this week.
Whose Free Speech?
John Gray argues that social media bans on Donald Trump pose many risks.
The Power of Slow Storytelling
Rebecca Stott on why stories told over time seem so fitting for lockdown.
Sacking the Capitols
Sarah Dunant imagines how the storming of the US Capitol building might go down in history
A Sense of Fear
Zoe Strimpel tries to understand her sense of panic at news of Britain closing its borders
Will Self on why he longs for the day he can travel again on the London underground.
A Sense of an Opening
Susie Orbach on finding the right words to help get us through the pandemic.
What'll you have?
Tom Shakespeare on pubs in peril.
Sacred Cows and Sushi Rolls
John Connell reflects on how the pandemic is breaking the spell of cities.
The Year of Speaking Dangerously
Sarah Dunant ponders what effect this year will have on future conversation.
All the world's a stage
Michael Morpurgo reflects... a year on from the first lockdown.
Is that Miss or Mrs Wheeler?
Sara Wheeler argues that the Mrs-Miss distinction has no place in contemporary Britain.
The Florida Phone Call
Adam Gopnik reflects on why Tik-Tok will never be his thing.
Reflections on my Mother's Kenwood Mixer
Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device....
What are you doing here?
Michael Morpurgo on how a personal meeting shaped his views.
The Age of Infantilism
Howard Jacobson reflects on the 'incorrigible unseriousness' of our age.
Living with Group Difference
David Goodhart reflects on group identities in the aftermath of the Sewell report.
Zoe Strimpel questions some of the dominant gender narratives around the Me Too movement.
Absence of Exultation
Adam Gopnik ponders New Yorkers' response to the passing of the pandemic there.
Rebecca Stott on why we need to rethink our love affair with concrete.
Will Self muses on the joys of eavesdropping.
The Past is Never Dead
Sara Wheeler rereads fifty years of diaries and ponders lessons learned.
The Arts in Our Hearts
Bernardine Evaristo on why the country's arts must be cherished.