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The new trend for ‘gender reveal’ parties sums up the mood of the past decade

21 December 2019 9:00 am

OMG, the end of the decade is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on what on earth…

‘Instapoetry’ may be popular, but most of it is terrible

23 November 2019 9:00 am

How did terrible ‘Instapoets’ become so popular?

Be more carthorse: why we would all benefit from a little self-loathing

16 November 2019 9:00 am

The insidious side of online praise

The truth about food photography

2 November 2019 9:00 am

While looking at the photographs of food in this humorous exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, I thought of how hopelessly…

Cast off: how knitters turned nasty

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Diversity wars are raging in the knitting world

Snog a Tory: Why you should learn to step outside your comfort zone

18 May 2019 9:00 am

It’s good to get out of your comfort zone

Everything is now an Instagram photo op

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Life today is one big photo op

Fantastic beasts and where to find them: ‘Wild Woman with Unicorn’, 1500–10

A brief history of unicorns

22 September 2018 9:00 am

A brief history of unicorns by Laura Freeman

Tales of three cities

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Remember Douglas Coupland? Remember Tama Janowitz? Remember Lisa St Aubin de Terán? Banana Yoshimoto? Françoise Sagan? The voice of your…

How can I get more likes for my amazing Instagram posts?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Q. Last summer a friend of my brother-in-law’s house-sat for us while we were in Greece for a week. We…

How can I stop a friend posting photos on Instagram of my parties?

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Q. We have received a ‘save the week’ card from friends who take a villa abroad every year. We usually…

Until the election is over, anti-social media is best avoided

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Until the election is over, it’s best avoided

Is Jarett Kobek the Michel Houellebecq of San Francisco?

3 December 2016 9:00 am

I Hate the Internet is not so much a novel as a wildly entertaining rant. Jarett Kobek is a self-published…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

If I were to ask you to name a health problem that affects around seven million people in the UK…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The tradition of charlatans with crackpot theories is nothing new, especially in the world of health, although it wasn’t until…

Our sinister, soul-sapping happiness industry

25 June 2016 9:00 am

Ever feel a moment of melancholy? There are many, many apps for that

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Twitter and Instagram can ruin culinary pleasure, says Bee Wilson

Dear Mary: How can we make our dinner guests go?

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Q. Many of our best and oldest friends have done so well they have stopped work. Meanwhile my husband still…

I found the future of privacy among the treasures of Venice

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Almost all of Venice’s greatest treasures are on public view. Anyone who visits can look across from the Doge’s Palace…

Why I joined the smiley-face cult

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why my generation has fallen for the smiley-face cult

‘Modern Family’, 2014, byEd Fornieles,at Chisenhale Gallery

‘Likes’, lacquered cherry pies and Anselm Kiefer: the weird world of post-internet art

27 September 2014 8:00 am

In the mid-1990s the art world got excited about internet art (or ‘net.art’, as those involved styled it). This new…