John Gray is the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom.
Father than denying the contradictoriness of being human, Empson revelled in it, as The Face of Buddha reveals.
Wealth creation, the free market and a bourgeois way of life are not a package deal. In fact, they can, and often are, at odds with each other.
Daniel Oppenheimer's Exit Right: the People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century examines the apostates who crossed the political divide.
Jihadis, spectacular mass-casualty attacks and the myth of an apocalyptic new world order.
In The Man in the High Castle – now a hit Amazon series – Philip K Dick imagines a Nazi America and a world of infinite realities.
Simenon is often read as a writer who offers no hope, yet preached a doctrine of cool serenity which is ultimately liberating.
The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?
How the musician came to be a digital presence in the lives of millions.
Liberals often worry about the need to protect citizens from the state. Yet in the age of global terror, the risk posed by failed states is by far the greater danger.
We can’t know when the next famine will occur, but it will be a by-product of war and politics.
No country has ever left the EU before, so there's no map for where we're going.
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