When a woman eats in public it violates all kinds of unwritten assumptions about how women "should" act, and gives licence to those who wish to shame them.
It was grand and archaic but it reminded me of nothing so much as a giant, souped-up parish council meeting.
Why have the confessions of a Norwegian Everyman become a literary phenomenon?
Piketty’s book Capital is being acclaimed as the most important work of political economy to be published in decades. It has certainly caught the attention of Ed Miliband’s inner circle.
After nine seasons and years of anticipation, the story of Ted Mosby comes to an end.
The director has done his Bible homework.
“This is too good. Will the pleasure never end?” asks Kate Mossman as she witnesses the endothermic showman Justin Timberlake in concert in Sheffield.
The patriotic superhero has been resurrected on screen in the past few years. John Gray argues that Cap's appeal lies in timeless ethics dating back to ancient Greece.
Rene Denfeld, a death penalty investigator and author, describes the power the written word has behind bars.
It may not have the best writing, but True Detective's production and acting quality mark it out as the standout show of 2014.
The subject still awaits its defining cinematic treatment.
The idea of building a new Crystal Palace in south London appeals to the Victorian Toryism in Boris Johnson, but it would be another pointless, aesthetically-bankrupt legacy the capital will have to deal with.
A report from today’s Howard League protest.
The 1982 film about racism and prejudice is back – and its grittiness and conscientiousness is still there.
It is always an enormous bonus when a doppelgänger – artistic, philosophical, sporting, political – walks into the practice.
Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.
The new multicultural South Africa should stop banging on about Pinotage and embrace Cinsault, a French grape so cosmopolitan that it’s even comfortable with curry.
The horror, the horror.
John Banville's Benjamin Black novels are irresistable. It's as if Henry James were writing under the pseudonym of Arthur Conan Doyle.
It’s not surprising that alienation is a persistent theme in much of the country’s fiction.
A new exhibition surveys artistic visions of decay.
The director of the Oscar-winning A Separation returns with a new family drama, this time set in a Parisian suburb.
This is my default way of dealing with things. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Notes by the former Gardeners’ Question Time chairman Stefan Buczacki.
Green fingerdom throughout the ages in the face of wars, poverty and social upheaval.
The story of how Philby and four other privileged young Englishmen became spies or double agents for the USSR borders on a perverse sense of national pride.
Sixty years on, the beats continue to exercise a formidable grip on cultural life on both sides of the Atlantic.
Jude Rogers talks to the pop princess about gay best friends, life after breast cancer and why she spent New Year alone.
It’s tough to be “game positive” when your son is addicted to Skylanders, a game in which a mostly male cast of fantasy heroes have to smash and bash their way through a mostly male cast of fantasy baddies.