Big names and broken souls: storm clouds gather over Woodstock’s summer of love

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In 1963, when the bloom was still on the rose, Bob Dylan described Woodstock as a place where ‘we stop…

I know what the Piers Gaveston Society really did with pig’s heads

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Memories of partying with the notorious Piers Gaveston Society at Oxford

The war on drugs is stupid and counter-productive

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Rosalio Reta was 13 years old when recruited by a Mexican drug cartel. He was given a loyalty test —…

Illustration by David Humphries

The case for prescription heroin

9 May 2015 9:00 am

It’s the illegality of heroin which leads to the deaths among users, says Johann Hari

The recruitment company to go to if you've got no arms or legs

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When to launch? For impresarios, this is the eternal dilemma. Autumn is so crowded with press nights that producers are…

The criteria for admittance to a Maldivian cemetery

29 November 2014 9:00 am

Moofushi, Maldives   We clambered aboard a dhoni, the sturdy wooden boat that the Maldivians use for getting about the…

Help me become an addict

1 November 2014 9:00 am

When the White Queen told Alice she had sometimes believed as many as six contradictory things before breakfast, she spoke…

Narcotically-induced mischief in an urban wasteland

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Fifteen minutes by rail from Paddington, Southall is a ‘Little India’ in the borough of Ealing. An ornate Hindu temple…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…

Russell Brand on heroin, abstinence and addiction

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The only way to help addicts is to treat them not as bad people but as sick people

Nowhere to go but down

21 April 2012 10:00 am

I am just old enough to remember the terrific fuss that was made about the first Scots literary renaissance when…