Academia

Why do so many academics write so badly?

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Why do so many academics write so badly? Those who make the study of language their life’s work are as…

Lenin’s New Man has killed free speech

26 August 2017 9:00 am

When the Germans smuggled arguably the world’s most evil man into Russia 100 years ago, they did not imagine the…

Why is Tim Parks so obsessed with adultery?

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Tim Parks is a writer of some very fine books indeed, which makes it even more of a shame that…

Robert Olen Butler’s anguished hero is haunted by the wrong war

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At first glance, Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River seems like an application for a National Book Award. Its protagonist, Robert,…

The problem with the internet is that it gives newspapers deniability

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘My deep concern is that because of changed ways that news is now gathered, collated, packaged, delivered and displayed, the…

A portrait of repression? Life class at the Female School of Art, Queen’s Square, London, 1868

Are single-sex schools good for girls?

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Alice Cockerell and Camilla Swift, who both went to girls’ schools, debate the question

Why do Britain’s failed socialists end up at Harvard?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

America’s most prestigious university has become a rest home for Labour party grandees

Lodge: the proof that aspiration does not mean surrendering the virtues of your class

David Lodge: confessions of a wrongly modest man

24 January 2015 9:00 am

This massive first instalment of a memoir starts in the quite good year the author was born, 1935, and ends…

Passion, authority and the odd mini-rant: Scruton’s conservative vision

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Roger Scruton is that rarest of things: a first-rate philosopher who actually has a philosophy. Unfortunately at times for him,…

The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs

29 October 2011 10:00 am

Half a century ago J.K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation in the English- speaking…

Music, moonlight and dahlias

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The words that echoed constantly in the back of my mind as I read this book were from Paul Simon’s song ‘Train in the Distance’: ‘the thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts and our brains’.

How do we get to Denmark?

21 May 2011 12:00 am

Francis Fukuyama is rare amongst scholars in being unafraid to ask large questions.

Design for living

19 March 2011 12:00 am

The first thing to be said about this remarkable book is that it has nothing to do with animal rights.

Hunting and working

7 July 2010 12:00 am

Why are scholars so prone to melancholy? According to the expert, Robert Burton of Christ Church, it is because ‘they live a sedentary, solitary life...

Fathoming the wine-dark sea

2 June 2010 12:00 am

Gladstone found something very strange indeed in Homer, but the world was treating the future prime minister warily when he published his findings.