Food, Inc (PG)
By Ryan Gilbey - 11 February 7:09

A shocking, if preachy, exposé of the food industry.

Immaculate conception
By Mark Watson - 04 February 6:28

I'm going to film my son's birth and pitch it as a gritty, fly-on-the-wall piece to Channel 4.

The Books Interview: Barbara Ehrenreich
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 February 8:07

Why do so many people buy into what you call "the cult of positive thinking"?

Almost part of the furniture
By Nick Lezard - 28 January 7:06

Visitors to the Hovel are always amused - or appalled - by its eccentric features.

The Class Monitor No. 14: The Regional Managers
By Michael Hodges - 28 January 7:06

Rod, Frank, Gus and Stuart just get through before the doors close on Stuart's briefcase.

Keeping a low profile
By Nicholas Lezard - 25 January 16:31

Being too broke to afford even going to the pub, I am busy wasting some time on Facebook. I suddenly notice that someone suggests I become friends with L-, whom I already know well in real life.

Garbage into gold
By Sarah Lewis-Hammond - 25 January 13:45

New technology offers ever more ingenious ways to turn the detritus of life into valuable forms of e

Inspect your gadgets!
By Sian Berry - 25 January 12:52

Toaster catch fire? Printer making odd noises? Don’t just throw old stuff away, or hide it in the sh

From buttoned-up Britain to urine nation
By Will Self - 22 January 9:07

I've been putting it off, hopping up and down, tensing first one buttock then the other, waiting until the pain is insupportable . . .

Can’t dance, won’t dance
By Mark Watson - 21 January 7:37

Among the fragments of school history left in my brain is the phenomenon of St Vitus's Dance.

Bad idea: For better for worse
By Alyssa McDonald - 18 January 9:44

Only those already doing well are likely to gain from the Tories' marriage plans

Bad idea: Writing off reading
By Alyssa McDonald - 11 January 9:19

Contrary to the expectations of some, the internet has boosted the written word

Apocalypse soon . . .
By Mark Watson - 07 January 6:30

I've got my survival strategy: I'm going to get as close to John Cusack as possible.

The tyranny of the positive people
By Gaby Hinsliff - 07 January 6:30

After a decade of bingeing on self-improvement we could spare a little more anger for the injustices

Happy New Year . . . from beneath my bed
By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 December 6:16

The resolutions Sarah Palin, Simon Cowell, Tiger Woods and others should make this year

Winning the web war
By James Crabtree - 30 December 6:16

Right-wing bloggers have been established for years, but the left is catching up and 2010 will be it

Yule only regret it
By Will Self - 17 December 7:06

I'm not altogether sure Christmas dinner is a meal at all, let alone a real one; rather, it is the focus of all the faith, hope and joy - as well as the transgenerational neuroses and psychic dyspepsia - that we load on to tha

Rise of the desperate house husband
By Gaby Hinsliff - 17 December 7:06

Like it or not, the recession is reshaping our domestic landscape. Time to consider seriously how th

Going cold turkey
By Nicholas Lezard - 17 December 7:06

It is a chilly evening, the first really cold one of the winter, but the sixth frame of the snooker final between Higgins and Ding seems to have been taking all year.

Blaming the victims
By Duncan Green - 10 December 14:27

Does climate change require women in poor countries to stop "popping them out"?

This isn’t just wine flu
By Nicholas Lezard - 10 December 5:47

Illness leaves me incapable of doing much more than lying in bed all day reading books. Plus ça chan

The Price War
By Hermione Eyre - 10 December 5:47

Broadsheet newspapers were partly to blame for the resistible rise of Jordan

The rugger buggers
By Michael Hodges - 10 December 5:47

We're way out west on the affluent edge of London and things are hotting up. On the lounge bar screen, men with thick necks slam into each other.

Nothing to declare
By Nicholas Lezard - 03 December 9:30

A nasty letter from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. By "nasty", I mean pant-shittingly terrifying: a £20-per-day fine until I sort myself out.

The high price of comradeship
By Mark Watson - 03 December 5:20

I'm in danger of missing the deadline for this column, but I've got a good excuse: it's been delayed by a fire. Not, admittedly, a fire in my flat or,

Cameron gives the Tories some welly
By Gaby Hinsliff - 03 December 5:20

Cameron may be comfortable with his personal blend of retro and metro, but bridging such gaps within

Class Monitor No. 10: Divorced dads
By Michael Hodges - 03 December 5:20

Weekend in the park, and the dads are out. They seem confused and a little unsure of themselves, as if they do not know what they are doing, and yet they do the same thing every Saturday morning.

What if . . . the Beatles had never formed
By Dominic Sandbrook - 26 November 5:41

Now that the plaudits are rolling in for Alan Bennett's play The Habit of Art, which imagines a meeting between Benjamin Britten and W H Auden, perhaps Bennett should turn his attention to another meeting that never w

Bad idea: Textual health
By Alyssa McDonald - 26 November 5:41

Isn't there something odd about offering people a "talking therapy" to help them address their problems, but then delivering it in ways that involve no talking at all?

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