Faith is the redemption of solitude.
Introducing a new series on the most fundamental question of all, in partnership with BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show.
A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.
Jonathan Derbyshire looks back at his predecessors in the literary editor’s chair.
Claire Tomalin looks back on her time as an NS staffer.
The best of all possible worlds.
Playing Top Trumps inside your own head.
The American man of letters teaches you how to use words.
What we need today is a Thatcher of the left: a leader who would repeat Thatcher’s gesture in the opposite direction, transforming the entire field of presuppositions shared by today’s political elite.
Is the world a better place if the vicious suffer for their viciousness? And what exactly are just deserts?
Duncan Campbell, who knew many of the old-style robbers, explores why we all still love a villain.
The American man of letters gives guidance to writers and journalists on both sides of the Atlantic.
Why do religious stories continue to mean so much to so many of us, even to the self-described “new, new atheists”?
The guru of Gaia is a maverick environmentalist who supports fracking and nuclear power. Does he believe the human race has a future?
Betrayal is not always a not always an act of malicious intent, or a sign of power. It can be a demonstration of weakness.
The American man of letters on linguistic complacency and corruption either side of the Atlantic.
The rote sets in.
Last train to nowhere.
What happens when craftivism meets spirituality?
Ghosts in the machine.
Take your pick: indie café or Beyoncé’s lip-syncing? We’ve become obsessed with authenticity and differences between echt and ersatz — but why bother doing anything for real if no one believes that you did?
Records in Canterbury could hold a clue to the king’s role in his nephews’ demise.
David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.
The meaning and power of love.
A local news channel in Evansville, Indiana recently reported a story about a family who moved into a new house in south-east Missouri and found it infested with spiders. “I’ve counted over a hundred in the house right now,” said Darren Bockhorn, the new owner.
Martha Gill's "Irrational Animals" column.
The historian talks to Jonathan Derbyshire.
The road to ruin.
Will Self's "Madness of Crowds" column.