Eric Hobsbawm in 1976
The Enlightenment values of Eric Hobsbawm
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 04 October 7:31

Remembering a historian who tried to keep historical change in the spotlight.

Kingsley Amis
Amis and Larkin: Hate in a cold climate
By Keith Gessen - 03 October 17:13

Kingsley Amis’s novel Lucky Jim has its origins in his intense and competitive friendship with Philip Larkin.

The New York Stock Exchange
"£1m isn't rich anymore": the rise and fall of investment banking
By Alex Preston - 03 October 11:00

From Barings and Barclays to Schroders, Chase and Goldmans, Alex Preston charts the history of the rise and fall of the investment bank in the US and Britain.

Are we addicted to our iPads?
Addiction: The key to all mythologies
By Talitha Stevenson - 27 September 11:57

From alcohol and cigarettes to Xboxes and iPads, modern life can be a minefield of addiction.

A scene from The Bacchae by Euripides at the Olivier Theatre
Tragedy's decline and fall
By Jenny Diski - 27 September 6:56

How tragedy evolved from Oedipus to Kim Kardashian’s cellulite and Amy Winehouse’s struggles.

Michael Gove
Word Games: Ebacc
By Sophie Elmhirst - 20 September 11:02

It lends itself to headlines, I suppose: “Ebacc to the future”, and so on. But there is nothing very beautiful about the new exam name. Not that exam names have much form. GCSEs were things of acronymic hideousness. O-levels didn’t have much to recommend them either, poetically speaking.

Thomas Hobbes
Hobbes, our great contemporary
By John Gray - 20 September 6:43

The author of Leviathan was never interested in freedom or democracy as ends in themselves. There was always a strain of despotism in Enlightenment thinking.

Venus at her Mirror by Spanish artist Diego Velazquez
Desire that dare not speak
By Katherine Angel - 20 September 6:13

For too long female sexuality has been defined by men. It’s time for its story to be told.

Lighted rooms inside your head
By Julia Copus - 13 September 10:49

Houses aren’t just bricks and mortar; they become part of us.

Gustav Flaubert
Translators shouldn’t be slaves to the holy “original”
By Ollie Brock - 05 September 12:52

Never an easy task, but where do you draw the line between original and translation?

New Statesman
One land, many voices
By Fiona Sampson - 30 August 9:58

The extraordinary breadth and variety of British poetry.

New Statesman
British poetry is in rude health, so why don’t more people read it?
By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 August 9:36

The New Statesman's renewed commitment to poetry.

John Wheatley (left) arriving at Parliament
Was John Wheatley really a working-class hero?
By Robert Ronson - 29 August 16:30

The unsolved riddles that remain around the Scottish socialist.

Niall Ferguson winning an Emmy in 2009.
Niall Ferguson Inc, or history as a business
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 29 August 15:33

As he moved from journalistic elan to TED-friendly gimmickry, the historian racked up an impressive roster of enemies.

Bridgewater Foundry
Nature: Dark satanic mills
By John Burnside - 29 August 15:29

John Burnside's nature column.

Madness of crowds: Will Self visits Las Vegas
By Will Self - 29 August 14:36

It's gone family-friendly.

Slavoj Žižek: The politics of Batman
By Slavoj Zizek - 23 August 12:15

From the repression of unruly citizens to the celebration of the “good capitalist”, The Dark Knight Rises reflects our age of anxiety.

Stuart Hall: “We need to talk about Englishness”
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 23 August 8:47

Born in Jamaica, Stuart Hall is the éminence grise of the British intellectual left and one of the founders of cultural studies. He coined the word “Thatcherism” and, aged 80, he remains one of our leading thinkers.

How Occupy changed us
By Leo Hollis - 23 August 6:18

The Occupy movement has changed the way we encounter every part of the city of New York.

A dog-eared edition of the Book of Common Prayer.
Devoted dissent
By Daniel Swift - 15 August 14:49

The Book of Common Prayer is a political work, writes Daniel Swift.

Las Vegas: the last honest place on earth
By David Flusfeder - 15 August 13:04

Poker is pure social Darwinism – a revelation of character as well as capacity. And where better to play it than Las Vegas, a city that is brutally upfront about its desire to separate you from your money?

A fallow deer buck rests in the long grass in Richmond Park
Celebrating the animal encounter in poetry
By John Burnside - 15 August 12:30

There is a long tradition of poets celebrating chance encounters with animals, but such meetings are becoming increasingly rare.

Jessica Ennis is one of Team GB's most iconic winners
Now we’re the sporting top dogs, please let’s not take ourselves too seriously
By Sophie Elmhirst - 08 August 12:05

This year's success is doubtless going to taunt us for years to come, in the manner of 1966.

Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi
Weaving a World
By En Liang Khong - 31 July 12:52

Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi talks about how creative translation can be a powerful force for dialogue.

Niall Ferguson
Damp squid: the fall of Niall Ferguson
By Christopher Harvie - 28 July 11:13

The Scots-American we can do without.

As soon as he could, Maurice moved “back” to Stamford Hill
Tale of a city: Sunday, bloody Sunday
By Maurice Glasman - 26 July 9:57

Maurice Glasman recalls gloomy weekends in Palmers Green.

Gamers Against Bigotry is hacked... by gamers in favour of bigotry
By Helen Lewis - 24 July 11:59

A site which opposed racist, sexist language in online multiplayer is repeatedly taken down by hackers.

A Cambridge student
Critical faculty
By John Sutherland - 18 July 16:59

Has change has been good for university English studies?

Philosophy in the public square
By Sean Gittins - 16 July 10:13

My night with Slavoj Žižek.

"You": a poem by Christopher Reid
By Christopher Reid - 11 July 14:54


You! Yes, you, small boy,
small for your age and made to look smaller
by the tennis racket you’re brandishing.

Adult-size, stoutly-timbered,  
with its gluey gut strings gone frayed and slack,
it strains and pains your immature wrist.