When is it better to die than live?
From Johann Gutenberg to Steve Jobs, extraordinary creativity is so often coupled with callous disregard for others.
What does it mean to be homesick in 2015? Does technology help or hinder us when we move to a new place? John Osborne revisits his past to find out.
Faith is still central and the Army’s attitudes to social issues haven't changed greatly. But some of its members want to do more.
The life and work of John Berger represents a challenge. How to describe a writer whose bibliography contains ten “novels”, four “plays”, three collections of “poetry” and 33 books labelled “other”?
I realise the purpose is to make me feel like a war criminal. Sorry, tweeters, I don’t.
Street names tell of a city's character and story, rather than simply being a function to help us get around.
I’m no Magna Carta fanboy, but many revolutionaries appropriated the document to legitimise their causes.
When I was growing up it was the Christian right that wanted things censored. Now it’s an authoritarian tendency within the left. Among my fans!
It’s easy to criticise call-out culture. It’s harder to look into your own heart and ask if you can do better.
We live in an age of endless, foaming outrage. The only answer is to try to feel empathy for other people, no matter who they are.
We might fantasise about universal harmony, but vicious disagreement is not going to go away by itself. We need to learn how to disagree well.
Having sex in front of cameras is tough work. We need to discuss how much actors should be paid for it.
The Talking Heads member on curating the Southbank Centre's Meltdown festival, the unfairness of book awards, and why the best line-ups surprise.
Fact versus fantasy.
At the end of the chanting each of us, with two fingers only, would raise up the dead girl.
Mark Boyle started to rely entirely on gifts and bartering in 2008 - cooking on an outdoor stove, washing his clothes in soapwort, and using the Daily Mail as loo paper. He tells Lily Cole why he loved it.
Insanity was "a disease of civilisation".
In their home-town, no one ever talked about anything except wool.
The sex workers’ rights activist and artist calls on the government to protect the sex industry, as her new exhibition on objectification explores society's sexual failings.
For such a small country, there is far too great a divergence within it to attempt to define a quintessential Ireland.
Do you speak urbanism? The way we read and write in the language of cities has transformed.
The music and arts festival reveals this year's line-up.
Pessimism gets a bad press, but compulsory positive thinking can be brutally enforced.
In this article, first published in the New Statesman in 1936, Irish essayist Robert Lynd responds to an attack on the colour pink by G K Chesterton, saying “as a lover of pink I cannot let this pass without a protest”.
From jealousy to cowardice to greed, the power of vices is to inspire virtue.
For too long, I was self-centred enough to never have thought of my mother as someone with a richer and more fascinating life than my own.
Changing the world around us gives us our humanity.