The Stratford man. Who was Shakespeare? Was he an underground Catholic? Did he play the lute? Was he run out of town? Short of a successful seance, we can never be sure. Terry Eagleton enjoys a biography that triumphs over the patchy evidence
15 November 2004
To ask whether we really need another life of Shakespeare is as pointless as asking whether Shane MacGowan really needs...
Too clever by half. Even the left now despises intellectuals. We value knowledge only when it can be used to achieve something else, whether it is social cohesion or economic production. So the thinker has given way to the expert, and politics to technocr
13 September 2004
The spooky music of Mastermind says it all. Intellectuals are weird, creepy creatures, akin to aliens in their clinical...
26 July 2004
In the 1980s, "culture" suddenly began to spawn in all directions. Like a fashionable address or a crate of Glenfiddich...
17 May 2004
Two days into a lecture tour of Turkey, and I crack the problem of the missing WMDs. Where best to hide something but...
A carnival of unreason. Fascists strut, conservatives lounge. Some conservatives believe in ideas, fascists prefer myths. Terry Eagleton makes important distinctions
03 May 2004
Nobody knows on which day of the week the Renaissance started, or in what month the Dark Ages came to a halt. The...
The last Jewish intellectual. Raised in Jerusalem and Cairo but educated in the US, Edward Said was a maverick both culturally and politically, yet he was also a great humanist of the old school. Terry Eagleton on "an imagination quickened by the diverse
29 March 2004
Reading these 29 interviews with the late Edward Said, it is hard to believe that he needed an emergency button in his...
The knock on the door. What was the difference between the Nazis and the Soviets? None, say some. But for all its atrocities - worse than the Third Reich in terms of murder - socialism fought to improve the welfare, employment and education of the common
26 January 2004
Tzvetan Todorov used to be a Bulgarian structuralist and is now a French humanist. Or rather, this Bulgarian-born...
28 July 2003
One of the tragic ironies of the 20th century was that socialism proved least possible where it was most necessary. It...
14 July 2003
Just over a decade ago, the dons of Cambridge University awarded an honorary degree to the French philosopher Jacques...
07 April 2003
Some novels, like some alcoholic drinks, improve with age. A century or so after they first appear, they may seem more...
07 January 2002
Some time in the 1980s, I was banned from joining the Labour Party at a time when other people were leaving it in...