Sociology

Why today’s middle classes buy such stupid stuff

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but middle-class rules now require that every dinner party cheeseboard must contain at least two…

Where’s all the joy gone?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Britain seems to be suffering from a dearth of lightheartedness

The new Sloane Rangers – now with less charm

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The new Chelsea set try very hard to dress like the old one, but they are richer, more knowing, harder working and less sincere

John Gray’s great tour-guide of ideas: from the Garden of Eden to secret rendition

7 March 2015 9:00 am

You can’t accuse John Gray of dodging the big questions, or indeed the big answers. His new book The Soul…

Tread carefully! Your garden is saturated with racial meaning – and so is Ikea

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Is your life saturated with racial meaning? The most common answer to this question, when I ask friends and acquaintances,…

The man who went to Hell and back – for a laugh

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Since the passing of Auberon Waugh, there haven’t been many really successful right-wing comedians. The Mayor of London is one.…

When intellectuals are clueless about the first world war

1 February 2014 9:00 am

No one alive now has any adult experience of the first world war, but still it shows no sign of…

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’.

Damned either way

2 July 2011 12:00 am

As someone who was born ‘the other side of the tracks’, I really wanted to like Owen Jones’s book, which sets out to expose how in recent years the working classes have become ‘objects of fear and ridicule’.