Books & Essays
Books & Essays
15 September 2017

Le Carré comes in from the Cold War

The stunning A Legacy of Spies explores the British elite’s ambiguous relationship with its own past.

8 September 2017

An all-female Lord of the Flies would be just as savage

In desperate times, gender differences wither away.

1 September 2017

On the therapeutic state

James L Nolan, Jr reflects on the deepening of therapeutic culture, state intrusion and victimology.

1 September 2017

The fragile generation

Jonathan Haidt on the crisis of resilience on campus.

1 September 2017

Where have all the adults gone?

Ben Sasse’s new book tackles America’s coming-of-age crisis.

10 August 2017

Sexual paranoia on campus

Laura Kipnis on the perversity of protecting students from adult relationships.

4 August 2017

Nietzsche for our times

He would have some choice words for our tame, narcissistic culture.

Lenin was nothing but politics

Catherine Merridale on Lenin the man, the revolutionary and why he banned smoking on a train.

28 July 2017

EH Carr’s sense of history

What is History? still provides a powerful retort to cultural pessimism.

28 July 2017

Inside Hemingway’s head

A new book explores the effect chronic alcoholism and head trauma had on the writer’s late work.