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.
The verve and aesthetic power of Boardwalk Empire shows the medium of long-form television drama at its best.
Those optimistically talking about a "soft Brexit" are missing the bigger picture.
Donald Trump’s victory has changed politics irrevocably. The age of unchecked globalisation and armed missionaries for liberal values is over. And we are entering a new age of great-power rivalry.
Swift believed that humans have an innate capacity for reason, which they fail to use. But did he take the human comedy too seriously?
The folly of the masses has replaced the wisdom of crowds as the dominant theme of our politics.
The next great stage of our evolution has begun. But what will our successes look like – and will they be that different to us?
If the 1980s were a time when the global market was expanding, our time is one in which globalisation is stalled and fragmenting. It is the right, not the left, that has grasped what the new times mean.
A new book by Richard English suggests that killing can bring its own rewards.
The world is changing in ways the British left cannot comprehend.
Rather than denying the contradictoriness of being human, Empson revelled in it, as The Face of Buddha reveals.