Dystopian novels of the 1930s and 1940s feel topical once again – but how much do they tell us about Trump and today’s populist upheavals?
We should celebrate the solitary hunters among us.
Swift believed that humans have an innate capacity for reason, which they fail to use. But did he take the human comedy too seriously?
The next great stage of our evolution has begun. But what will our successes look like – and will they be that different to us?
A new book by Richard English suggests that killing can bring its own rewards.
Father than denying the contradictoriness of being human, Empson revelled in it, as The Face of Buddha reveals.
Wealth creation, the free market and a bourgeois way of life are not a package deal. In fact, they can, and often are, at odds with each other.
Daniel Oppenheimer's Exit Right: the People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century examines the apostates who crossed the political divide.
Simenon is often read as a writer who offers no hope, yet preached a doctrine of cool serenity which is ultimately liberating.
The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?
We can’t know when the next famine will occur, but it will be a by-product of war and politics.
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