Autumn: season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, and the party conference. If there's one thing a party conference is not, it's mellow. More like: sweaty, gossipy, overpopulated, guff-prone and ego-fuelled.
The American critic’s masterpiece on the roots of communism — <em>To the Finland Station</em> — cont
Not any kind of tapping. Phone-tapping. Pour shame on my head, I get quite excited by the idea of phone-tapping.
The idealistic view of Great Ideas - slim paperback volumes of philosophy, polemic, essays, belles-lettres - is that the existence of the series demonstrates that Penguin has not abandoned Allen Lane's notion, now 75
It's been a long time since a work of academic literary criticism has generated the buzz of newspaper-driven controversy, but Gabriel Josipovici's What Ever Happened to Modernism? seems to have broken the media embarg
In Sense and Sensibility, the favourite poet of passionate young Marianne Dashwood is William Cowper. His "beautiful lines", she declares, have "frequently almost driven me wild".
Pairing people off can have some nasty and unexpected side effects. Occasionally, it works: Torvill and Dean spring to mind, as do Crick and Watson.
Former Northern Rock chairman responds to the NS's lead book reviewer.
Reading a review copy of Roy Hattersley's new life of David Lloyd George last week, I fell to wondering whether history could have worked out differently.
The real problem with sensationalising misogyny is that misogyny is not sensational.
John Gray on Ralph Miliband.
My iPhone broke, so I went to the Genius Bar at the Apple store. (Too much brand terminology; my apologies.) They're not shy, Apple, are they?
Broadstairs, the Isle of Thanet, a frowsty sort of an evening in early August, with shadows forming within shadows down the high street - a run of chip shops, chain stores and charity shops that steepens into a ski jump, which
Decisiveness is generally well regarded, as character traits go. It denotes maturity and leadership.
Ed and David Miliband's father is remembered as a great teacher, devoted to politics as a means of creating social justice, instrumental to the development of the British left.
The astronomer Arthur Eddington once pointed out that where most people see a coffee table, physicists see an area of empty space criss-crossed by ghostly subatomic particles whose electrical and magnetic fields keep books and
Stuart White on "social democracy plus".
When a lad turned up at my comprehensive school in deepest Essex in the late 1970s and claimed a strong interest in mathematics, he was immediately nicknamed "Pillock" and remorselessly bullied until he moved on.
It’s lazy to assume that our health and happiness are moulded more by genetic inheritance than by th
Today’s most cutting-edge scientific thinking: from switching off ageing to “enhancing” our babies;
We're in them. Right now. The dog days are all around us.
It’s time male scientists stopped hogging all the power in experimentation, funding and research and
“It’s touch and go whether we humans will outlive the century” - Colin Blakemore, neuroscientist
The historian’s career shouldn’t be defined only by his views on Israel.
With his visit to the United States overshadowed by his slip about Anglo-American relations in 1940, David Cameron will doubtless be hoping that his second visit to the New World, which begins next week, will be rather more su
They're serious aren't they, surveys? The British Antarctic Survey, the Ordnance Survey, the British Crime Survey, the GP Patient Survey.
Stuart White on left-wing political philosophy.
Have you seen the adverts for the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D experience at Madame Tussauds?