What if... Egypt had ruled over us
By Dominic Sandbrook - 02 December 7:58

Of all Shakespeare's plays, Antony and Cleopatra is my least favourite.

By Sophie Elmhirst - 02 December 7:22

You've probably read quite a lot about students in recent weeks, what with the protests, and the way certain newspapers (hello, Daily Mail) can't get out of bed without publishing a bevy of pictures of beautiful girls

"No one is going to do this for us, so we'd better get it right"
By Sofie Buckland - 29 November 13:35

Why the university occupations are giving students a crash course in political activism.

Of culture and anarchy
By Daniel Trilling - 22 November 10:01

The student protests were not an aberration but part of Britain’s rich history of dissent

The Memory Chalet
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 18 November 12:49

In 1998, in the introduction to The Burden of Responsibility, a book about French intellectuals in the 20th century, the historian Tony Judt made this observation about individuals and their pasts: "Except at moments of unusua

Death becomes you
By Ned Denny - 18 November 12:47

Ned Denny negotiates the perils of the ancient Egyptian underworld.

A hipster’s paradise
By Mark Greif - 18 November 12:47

In the late 1990s, a down-at-heel ’hood in New York’s Lower East Side became an enclave for rich whi

The NS Interview: James Ellroy, author
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 18 November 12:46

“If you’re an atheist when you’re my age, you don’t know shit”

Word Games: Thatcherism
By Sophie Elmhirst - 18 November 12:30

You know you've made it in life when you've got an ism. Marx, Buddha, Darwin. They're all ism'ed up to the gills.

The sound of things to come
By Tim Burrows - 14 November 11:37

The future of music is debated at the TEDx conference in Suffolk.

Yes, we are all in this together
By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett - 11 November 13:04

Since it was first published, <em>The Spirit Level</em> has won admirers including Ed Miliband and D

Bible: the Story of the King James Version (1611-2011)
By Frank Field - 11 November 12:51

Next year is the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. This landmark of the most loved book ever published in English will be marked in numerous ways.

Word Games: Bonfire
By Sophie Elmhirst - 11 November 12:49

Here it is - the night of overlarge fires that crisp up your face, wayward fireworks and anxious health and safety representatives trying to persuade neck-craning crowds to stay as far away as possible from anything hot or ali

The face of things to come
By Simon Garfield - 04 November 12:24

From the Nazis to the US presidential campaign of 2008, choosing which font to use has been anything

Word Games: Gamble
By Sophie Elmhirst - 04 November 12:17

There was a certain unity among the ladies and gentlemen of the press in their descriptions of George Osborne's Spending Review. It was, said voices from right and left, a "gamble".

In defence of philosophy
By Staff blogger - 31 October 13:43

Jonathan Derbyshire talks to Tariq Ali about Wittgenstein, Derek Jarman and the future of the humani

The coalition will produce a farce of fairness
By Sholto Byrnes - 31 October 8:36

Exclusive: the philosopher Ted Honderich calls for a general strike and mass disobedience to protest

Cop killers and the law
By Will Self - 28 October 12:11

Arguably a crowd comprising 59 men (and, perhaps, the odd - very odd - woman), between them carrying 109 guns, is about as mad as it gets, especially when they're all milling about the elegant terraced houses of Chelsea.

Thereof one must not be silent
By Rob Higson - 26 October 20:25

Derek Jarman's "Wittgenstein" is a poignant call to arms.

Word Games: Market
By Sophie Elmhirst - 25 October 16:50

There was an intriguing sentence in the letter sent to the Telegraph by all those mighty businessmen recently.

The NS Interview: Bill Bryson
By Jon Bernstein - 25 October 9:04

“Have you ever seen Glenn Beck in operation? It’s terrifying”

No money? No problem
By Michael Brooks - 21 October 8:17

Scientists of Britain, it's time to stop whining. When the government did the figures, it realised something profound. We don't need funding - we've got the best brains in the world.

A minotaur in the maze
By Michael Rosen - 19 October 9:13

Ted Hughes's "Last letter" leaves the mystery unsolved.

The age of scientific discovery is over
By Michael Brooks - 18 October 9:09

This month, scientists based in Britain have won two Nobel Prizes — but the celebrations have been m

That’s what Machiavelli can teach us
By Jonathan Powell - 18 October 9:06

Blair had the rare combination of luck, courage and instinct that guides all great leaders to succes

Could Clegg and Cameron end up expanding the state?
By Daniel Trilling - 16 October 15:26

John Gray assesses the fortunes of the coalition.

Word Games: Quango
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 15:55

Probably the most unfortunate aspect of the word "quango" is the way it rhymes so perfectly with "tango".

Democracy, according to the Greeks
By Mary Beard - 14 October 9:26

Many modern historians have a rose-tinted view of ancient Athenian democracy. But behind the show of

The NS Interview: Tracy Emin
By Sophie Elmhirst - 14 October 9:21

"I don’t need a life model, I am my life model”

Gore Vidal interviewed by Melvyn Bragg
By Melvyn Bragg - 14 October 9:15

Melvyn Bragg talks to one of the great men of American letters about politics, literature and living.