Will Self is the author of seven novels, six collections of stories and five collections of non-fiction. His most recent novel is The Butt. He writes the Madness of Crowds column for the New Statesman as well as the Real Meals column.

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05 January 2004
A 6am start to get the plane to Edinburgh. I've never flown from London's City Airport, and even at this hour, with...
Politics
22 September 2003
In his introductory remarks to this exercise in sustained rage, Nick Cohen writes: "As a believer in the basics of news...
Law
07 July 2003
I wonder what Lewis Mumford, the great doyen of urban studies, would have made of the Oscar Niemeyer pavilion currently...
Books
16 June 2003
The Thames tends to be dismissed by Londoners of all stripes. I well remember taking my children on one of the big...
Music and Performance
03 March 2003
Massive Attack, or even massiveattack, for the very name is a semantic compound synthesised from two equally stressed...
Books
06 January 2003
I regret reading this book, and were I not quite certain that I'll forget the bulk of its content within the next few...
Books
04 November 2002
I feel my grandfather would have appreciated this book. Albert Henry Self was the son of the conductor on the Number 11...
Books
30 September 2002
What is Iain Sinclair up to? Or, put more pertinently, what is he on? He is at an age when, with any justice, he should...
Books
15 July 2002
Now - in 2002 - comes a cultural history of the 1990s. Quite rightly, it is written by Michael Bracewell, whose tensely...
Ideas
29 April 2002
Things look pretty parlous at the moment. Species are being extinguished like the candles in some last-chance bestial...
04 March 2002
The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi is laid out in a grid fashion, with identical, long, marble-floored hallways, bisected...
Food and Drink
14 January 2002
The philosopher Arnold Geulincx, a major influence on the pessimistic world-view of Samuel Beckett, had this to say...
Culture
17 December 2001
It's been a funny old year here in Absurdistan, what with all the livestock dropping dead with no-food-in-their-mouth...
12 November 2001
In London, I was involved in an absurd case of double-booking. This meant that at 8.40pm I was on the stage of the...
Culture
05 November 2001
Fortune has smiled on me during my life. Of course, misfortune has also prised my jaws open with a laboratory clamp and...

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