Artist of the floating world . Elmore Leonard's great gift is to show us as we really are: with little inner life or any real faith in the future. John Gray on a hard-edged master of the spoken word
01 July 2002
Like many of Elmore Leonard's characters, Dennis Lenahan takes big risks chasing small gains. A man with few talents...
24 June 2002
Fidel Castro has ordered Cuban biotechnologists to clone a new breed of cow. The ageing caudillo sees the cloning...
27 May 2002
In the lexicon of contemporary cant, modernisation signifies everything that is worth striving for. Who wants to be...
To remain in splendid isolation. Is Britain's refusal to commit to Europe neurotic or a mark of common sense? John Gray on why Will Hutton is wrong about our place in the world and why there may never be a referendum on the euro
13 May 2002
The relationship of Britain to the rest of Europe can be seen as thoroughly neurotic - or surprisingly sane. Refusing...
29 April 2002
"The sacrosanct fetish of today is science." Mr Vladimir, first secretary at the Russian embassy in Joseph Conrad's...
Back to the future. Aldous Huxley was very much a product of his time: racist, snobbish and superior. But he was also a visionary, a chronicler of our disturbed modernity. By John Gray
08 April 2002
Aldous Huxley is easy to dislike. The offspring of a formidable intellectual dynasty - he was the grandson of T H...
25 March 2002
In Buenos Aires last August, I met the last finance minister to serve the government of the dictator Juan Peron. I...
Why terrorism is unbeatable. Revolutionary nihilism of the kind embodied by al-Qaeda is not a throwback to the past but part of what it means to be modern. John Grayreviews the reaction to 11 September and argues that Americans, like the rest of us, must
25 February 2002
The events of 11 September may have changed very little in the real world, but it destroyed the conventional...
03 December 2001
Outside of a small circle of devotees, J C Powys is the only one of the three Powys brothers who is widely read today....
Food and Drink
15 October 2001
In his marvellous compendium of the higher gossip, Our Age, Noel Annan argues that Michael Young was "the most original...
24 September 2001
The dozen years between the fall of the Wall and the assault on the Twin Towers will be remembered as an era of...
20 August 2001
Imagining how the peasants might have looked as they came back from working in the fields in Etruscan times, D H...
Food and Drink
Assault on authorship. Fernando Pessoa invented at least 72 fictive identities. His jostling aliases, argues John Gray expressed his belief that the individual subject - the core of European thought - is an illusion
28 May 2001
"Fernando Pessoa, strictly speaking, doesn't exist." These words were written by Alvaro de Campos, naval engineer,...
Food and Drink
23 April 2001
When Michael Oakeshott attacked rationalism in politics, he could not have foreseen that the Conservative Party would...
The chaos of being. The prolific historian Niall Ferguson is an old-style sceptical Tory in search of a party. John Gray on his devastating critique of economic determinism
05 February 2001
Twenty years ago, in the dining clubs and think-tanks of the new right, there was a saying: Labour will never rule...