16 July 2009
Facts are stubborn
18 June 2009
On his first visit to China as US treasury secretary, at the start of this month, Timothy Geithner attempted to...
21 May 2009
Is God back?
23 April 2009
Meltdown: the End of the Age of GreedPaul MasonVerso, 208pp, £7.99 One of the more entertaining ironies of the global...
23 April 2009
When I first met J G Ballard, not long after reviewing Iain Sinclair’s book Crash: David Cronenberg’s Post-Mortem on J...
16 April 2009
There is a story about an aged playboy who, when a conversation with a friend is interrupted by a telephone call, asks...
05 February 2009
It is more than 40 years since I first read Norman Cohn's The Pursuit of the Millennium. Published in 1957, the book...
20 September 2007
History imposed on David Cameron the task of persuading the electorate that Conservatives are at home in 21st-century...
07 May 2007
A late by-product of the Eighties, Tony Blair will be remembered for using his party as a vehicle for an outdated...
23 April 2007
The first of the essays and speeches that are collected in At the Same Time is a meditation on beauty. Written during...
12 March 2007
The Song Before It Is Sung Justin Cartwright Bloomsbury, 288pp, £16.99 ISBN 0747583412 In one of the last...
18 September 2006
The belief that human beings are masters of the planet dies hard. I cannot count the number of times I have heard...
21 August 2006
At the close of Joseph Conrad's "An Outpost of Progress", the director of the Great Civilising Company arrives at a...
31 July 2006
Darwin's Origin of SpeciesJanet Browne Atlantic Books, 174pp, £9.99ISBN 1843543931 Marx's Das KapitalFrancis Wheen...
17 July 2006
There is something comic in the unflagging appeal by political thinkers to the belief that history is a process of...