Books
01 January 2005
At the turn of the 20th century, the philosopher George Santayana wrote: "Fashion produces innovation without reason...
Books
24 March 2003
Halfway through Franz Kafka's The Trial, Josef K, by now locked irrevocably into a legal process he can neither resist...
Books
14 October 2002
God is dead, pronounced the French poet Gerard de Nerval in 1854, scooping Nietzsche by nearly 30 years, "Heaven is...
Books
30 October 2000
In his famous essay "What is a Nation?", the French historian Ernest Renan suggested that nations are defined equally...
Food and Drink
23 October 2000
In the swampy badlands between the type of science practised by people in lab coats and the grand systems contrived by...
Books
04 September 2000
Ernest Hemingway, in his introduction to Men at War, wrote that a "writer's job is to tell the truth. His standard of...
Culture
10 July 2000
The word "motive" appears more often in Hamlet than in any other Shakespeare play. Deep undecidability is one of the...
Food and Drink
29 May 2000
"All writers are vain, selfish and lazy," George Orwell famously declared, "and at the very bottom of their motives...
Culture
08 May 2000
Human Punk plots the life and adventures of Joe Martin, a working-class lad from Slough, between the years 1977 and...
Books
14 February 2000
The average American spends rather more than half of his or her conscious life in front of the TV. The widespread...
Books
15 November 1999
A group of friends are sitting at closing time in an unfamiliar Victorian pub in London's East End. The landlord locks...
Books
11 October 1999
In Timothy Leary's autobiography Flashbacks, he recounts an episode in which he, his friend Olson and Aldous Huxley...
Books
06 September 1999
When the Boers declared war almost exactly 100 years ago, propagandists in Britain declared confidently, as they would...
Books
21 June 1999
Talking animals have lately been roaming in increased numbers on the fiercely contested shelves of book-shops....
Food and Drink
24 May 1999
Nathan Staples is a successful writer of gory splatter novels. He is also possessed of a powerful impulse to self-...

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