Lovecraft peopled his mythical realms with slippery, palpitating cretaures to escape a worse prospect – a human world. Illustration by Sean Phillips
Weird realism: John Gray on the moral universe of H P Lovecraft
By John Gray - 24 October 17:01

The weird realism that runs through Lovecraft’s writings undermines any belief system – religious or humanist – in which the human mind is the centre of the universe.

Photo: James Cridland/Flickr
"The Berries": a new poem by Kathleen Jamie
By Kathleen Jamie - 24 October 11:55

When she came for me
through the ford, came for me
through running water
I was oxter-deep in a bramble-grove
glutting on wild fruit. Soon

Only in dreams: a panel from Charles Burns's dazzling graphic novel Sugar Skull
Fevers and mirrors: the surreal graphic novels of Charles Burns
By Neel Mukherjee - 24 October 11:44

Green, one-eyed men, a chubby, disfigured dwarf, writhing worms with humanoid faces, aborted foetuses and vast, white eggs with red jigsaw patterns on them.

"Lonely House, Fetherd". Photo: Anna & Michal/Flickr
Sweet nothings: Colm Tóibín’s study of domestic grief
By Frances Wilson - 24 October 11:42

Nora Webster is the tale of a woman inside a house. It’s a small house in a small town in Ireland, in the late 1960s and Nora, recently widowed, lives here with her two teenage sons and her daughters who, like the house, are semi-detached.

Children play on a Carsten Holler playground installation at Frieze Art Fair, 14 October. Photo: Getty
Primary politics: parenting advice from Toby Young and Michael Rosen
By Melissa Benn - 23 October 16:58

Two publications ostensibly designed to provide reassurance and wisdom to parents of primary-age children and perhaps to tap in to the ever-growing “pushy parenting” market.

Inside a library. Photo: Getty
The joy of dictionaries
By Mark Forsyth - 23 October 14:16

To see how the world has changed, look no further than the dictionary.

Growing old disgracefully: a deconstruction of death
By Henry Marsh - 23 October 11:49

Atul Gawande argues that medicine has skewed our attitude to mortality. The neurosurgeon Henry Marsh reviews.

Attention, #NaNoWriMo Fans: No One Cares How Your F***ing Novel Is Going
By Hayley Campbell - 21 October 15:03

Watching a person write is one of the most boring things in the world. Please don’t inflict your process on us.

Rachel Cusk at her home in Brighton. Portrait by Harry Watts
How to disappear completely: the novel as an exercise in self-scrutiny
By Leo Robson - 16 October 17:01

On self and voice in new novels by Rachel Cusk and Will Eaves.

Mistress of image: Debbie Harry, photographed on a trip to Britain by Chris Stein, c.1982
Picture this: the love affair between rockers and the lens
By James Medd - 16 October 10:00

From Deborah Harry to Ed Sheeran, four visual journeys through the lives of pop stars. 

Top line: East Coast is Britain's best-run railway company. Photo: Bloomberg/Getty
Leviathan’s revenge: how Britain belongs to someone else
By Owen Jones - 16 October 10:00

James Meek’s superb new book exposes the perversities, hypocrisies and failures of privatisation.

Dog day afternoon: the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup polo final at Cowdray Park, West Sussex. Photo: Jocelyn Bain Hogg/VII
Watching the Englishman: Kate Fox on the peculiar rituals of the privileged
By Kate Fox - 16 October 10:00

England’s upper-middle class pretend that class no longer matters. But try to infiltrate the tribe and you’ll see how strict the rules are, says anthropologist Kate Fox. 

Quids in: Jeff Koons poses for cameras at a preview for his retrospective at the Whitney in New York. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Pop goes the easel: sharp encounters with contemporary artists
By Martin Gayford - 16 October 10:00

Are artists solitary individuals, or do they emerge from a workshop, family or other communities? In other words, are all works of art collective creations? Is an artist obliged to engage with politics or is it enough just to make good stuff?

Queen Viv: Westwood on the catwalk after her autumn/winter 2014/15 womenswear show at Paris Fashion Week in March. Photo: Getty
Punk, seams and SEX: the life and fashion of Vivienne Westwood
By Jane Shilling - 16 October 10:00

Jane Shilling reviews a new autobiography of the veteran British fashion designer and punk icon.

Ancient and modern: solstice revellers celebrate sunrise at Stonehenge in June. Photo: Getty
Ancient watchfulness: searching for the spirit of place
By Erica Wagner - 16 October 10:00

Marsden examines the notion that there are places on the earth which chime mysteriously with the human spirit, which drew our ancestors to them just as we are drawn there.

Everything is illuminated: Marilynne Robinson. Photo: Danny Wilcox Frazier/Redux/Eyevine
Living the good life: Rowan Williams on Marilynne Robinson
By Rowan Williams - 16 October 10:00

Robinson’s trilogy set in small-town Christian America is more than great fiction – it is a political and ethical project. 

An Iranian woman reads a copy of “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows” at a bookshop in Tehran. Photo: Getty
Read whatever the hell you want: why we need a new way of talking about young adult literature
By Elizabeth Minkel - 14 October 17:25

Should adults be reading books supposedly aimed at children and teenagers? According to the literary establishment in 2014, this is a question fraught with difficulty. But is it really as hard as all that?

Why nobody knows what to think about Patrick Modiano winning the Nobel Prize for Literature
By Leo Robson - 13 October 16:51

The French author has never been internationally popular, but he is nevertheless widely studied. Leo Robson looks at the reaction to his Nobel win, and what this tells us about the way his work is perceived.

Richard Dawkins. Photo: Getty
Richard Dawkins doesn’t deserve this fellow atheist’s smears
By Jerry A Coyne - 10 October 10:50

John Gray should attack his ideas, not his character.

Unbuttoned: Andrew Marr, novelist. Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty
Witty and wicked: Andrew Marr’s revealing political thriller
By Adam Boulton - 09 October 10:00

What makes Head of State worth reading is that it is Marr unbuttoned. The cloak of fiction allows him to express his view of his world in the way he used to when chatting to his fellow hacks, waiting to go live from Downing Street.

Photo: Leon Harris/Eyevine
Karl Miller’s grand style: John Sutherland remembers the late, great editor and academic
By John Sutherland - 09 October 10:00

Karl Miller was less a literary editor and more a conductor. He wielded his baton with the authority of a maestro. 

Julian Assange appears on screen to discuss the revelations about New Zealand's mass surveillance at Auckland Town Hall, 15 September. Ph
When Julian Assange went head to head with Google
By Bryan Appleyard - 09 October 10:00

For Julian Assange, Google is all but an arm of the US state department. For the company’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg, an adviser to its CEO, Larry Page, Google is the model of the 21st-century company.

Toppling Maggie: a blown-up photo of Thatcher is taken down at the end of the Conservative Party Conference, 2 October. Photo: Getty
Darkly humorous vision: Hilary Mantel’s “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher”
By Erica Wagner - 09 October 10:00

The conceit of this book’s title story has prompted calls for Mantel’s head – but how well would Wolf Hall have gone down at the court of Henry VIII?

Shadows of giants: the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, where Deresiewicz taught for ten years
Poison Ivy League: The dangers of a world-class education
By Mark Damazer - 09 October 10:00

The American Ivy League universities are accused of churning out automatons, whose principal task is securing a lucrative career. But is Oxbridge just as bad?

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.
The closed mind of Richard Dawkins
By John Gray - 04 October 16:01

His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion.

The Irish nationalist Rover Casement kept diaries of his sexual exploits. Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images
Romancing rebellion: the culture that spawned the Irish rebels of Easter 1916
By Colm Tóibín - 02 October 9:30

Despite the wealth of sources on this subject, a puzzle remains: not only about the effect of the rebellion but about what caused it to take place.

After Mark Cocker’s glorious book, you will never look at a blackberry bush the same way again
By Philip Hoare - 02 October 9:15

Great nature writing makes us look anew at what we take for granted.

Chuck Barry jams with fellow starts in an illustration by Robert Crumb.
Red, white and blues: The History of Rock’n’Roll in Ten Songs
By Mark Ellen - 02 October 9:12

This ambitiously-titled new work eschews the blunt logic of most rock scholarship, and instead charges down a particular path and then meanders off-road through the dense pop-cultural undergrowth.

David Mitchell, the master builder
By Erica Wagner - 02 October 9:10

When he was a child, David Mitchell drew maps. Now he creates worlds.