The Goldsmiths Prize shortlisted author discusses the value of risk, the challenge of proportion, and the role of builders in contemporary thought.
If sex in the past – in the sense of what people did to each other, in or out of bed – is notoriously hard to pin down, the larger history of sexuality and society is most rewarding.
Martins are in steep decline now, but once their mud-cup nests, slung under eaves, were a familiar sight across Britain.
This very enjoyable biography-cum-autobiography illuminates not just Federer’s place in tennis history but also the way in which the author converted his psychological problems into sporting fandom.
When is it better to die than live?
In the first episode of the NS's new pop culture podcast, we discuss Grey by E L James, the new Amy Winehouse documentary, and why One Direction is actually the saddest music you will ever hear.
Pop's woman of the moment forms a friendship with fans through her honest lyrics and disarming stage presence.
The host of BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz is stepping down after nine years to go into politics. Caroline Crampton was there at her last recording.
John Leigh's Touché: the Duel in Literature wears its learning lightly.
I’d love to go back and read that Ucca form now. Or witness the expression on the faces of those who had to consider my application.
It was not just a huge body of songs that emerged but a whole musical style that was markedly non-European.
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