Harvard

Letters: Judging students by achievement is a greater scourge than diversity at any cost

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Harvard’s racial quotas Sir: While I largely agree with Coleman Hughes that racial quotas are counterproductive (‘The diversity trap’, 23 June),…

Not one of my Harvard students thinks Brexit is a good idea

21 April 2018 9:00 am

My wife laughs that my love of gadgets is a remnant of my Communist upbringing, when western toys were objects…

Megan Marshall explores Elizabeth Bishop's lifelong lesbian escapades in a new biography

16 September 2017 9:00 am

We are gripped by gossip. Curiosity is a tenacious emotion. In her essay on Push Comes to Shove, the autobiography…

You can conquer America – if you’re brilliant, rich and super-organised

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Everyone’s applying to the US but be warned: getting in is tough. Ysenda Maxtone-Graham

Elif Batuman’s heroine feels ill-prepared for life

1 July 2017 9:00 am

It has taken much of a celebrated literary life for Elif Batuman to produce a novel. At the beginning of…

America's capital has become a pit of despair

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 Washington DC Washington has been, for the past two weeks, indescribably depressed. When I walked into the deli down the…

T.S. Eliot’s crisis year: exhaustion, hair loss and a wrecked marriage

12 March 2016 9:00 am

F.R. Leavis once denounced the Twickenham edition of Pope’s Dunciad for producing a meagre trickle of text through a desert…

‘Asexual’ used to mean something even creepier than ‘Edward Heath’

22 August 2015 9:00 am

There was a time when my husband, who often addresses the television, would habitually react to Edward Heath’s appearance on…

William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

25 July 2015 9:00 am

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded…

Left-handed people are stupid (and everyone who worries about immigration is a bigot)

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Thoroughly cheering news emerged this week that left-handed people are likely to earn between 10 and 12 per cent less…

No worries: John Updike in his late fifties, on the beach at Swampscott, Mass

Up close and personal

26 April 2014 9:00 am

In recycling his most intimate encounters as fiction – including amazing feats of promiscuity in small-town New England – John Updike drew unashamedly on his own experiences for inspiration, says Philip Hensher

Henry Cavill starred in last year’s American blockbuster Man of Steel, based on the DC Comic hero, Superman

Want Hollywood's conventional wisdom? Then read Blockbusters

1 March 2014 9:00 am

You can learn a lot from this book. Latin America has a smaller economy than Europe. Big companies can spend…