Books

race

Forget White Fragility: here are 10 books America should be reading about race

June 27, 2020 11:27 am

There are more nuanced visions of race in the US

transgender

The transgender cult is damaging our daughters

June 27, 2020 11:16 am

An excerpt from Irreversible Damage

poker konnikova

Keeping poker-faced is no use — it’s the hands that give the game away

June 25, 2020 12:43 pm

The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win by Maria Konnikova reviewed

el bordo

A scandalous cover-up: the El Bordo mining tragedy of 1920

June 25, 2020 12:06 pm

A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire by Yuri Herrera reviewed

biographers

Good biographers make the best companions

June 25, 2020 11:27 am

Frances Wilson’s favorite literary biographies include Father and Son, The Quest for Corvo, and Doctor Johnson and Mr Savage

rites

Something woke this way comes

June 20, 2020 10:30 am

Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World by Tara Isabella Burton reviewed

boldizzoni

Money trouble

June 20, 2020 10:08 am

Foretelling the End of Capitalism: Intellectual Misadventures Since Marx by Francesco Boldizzoni reviewed

tori amos

Tori rebel

June 20, 2020 9:36 am

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Courage and Change by Tori Amos reviewed

covid

How to work out the real COVID death toll

June 20, 2020 9:10 am

Figuring out the real infection rate is very difficult. Probably the best way is through antibody tests

speech

Can’t stand free speech? You’re fired!

June 19, 2020 8:54 am

A proposal for dealing with the young bigots now holding publishers and newspapers hostage

fatwa twitter

The fatwa artists

June 18, 2020 12:44 pm

Twitter mobs are making journalism and literature more boring

crime

A choice of classic crime fiction

June 18, 2020 9:56 am

Andrew Taylor revisits Dorothy L. Sayers, Margery Allingham, Josephine Tey and Patricia Highsmith among other favorite authors

important vip

Splashing the cash at VIP nightclubs is now the favorite recreation of the rich

June 18, 2020 12:51 am

Very Important People: Status and Beauty in the Global Party Circuit by Ashley Mears reviewed

flowers

Consider the lilies

June 17, 2020 11:26 am

Blooming Flowers: A Seasonal History of Plants and People by Kasia Boddy reviewed

j.k. rowling

Speak up for J.K. Rowling

June 12, 2020 11:57 am

We must stand up for women who dare to tell the truth

fitness lionel shriver

The fitness fetish

June 11, 2020 3:03 pm

The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver reviewed

royal society arts

Science and philanthropy meet in the Royal Society of Arts

June 11, 2020 1:13 pm

Arts & Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation by Anton Howes reviewed

war

Articles of War

June 5, 2020 4:26 pm

In this excerpt from his autobiography Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime, David Pryce-Jones meets the survivors of the 20th century

ivana

A ponderous parable for our times: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana

June 4, 2020 4:45 pm

The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé reviewed

blithe spirits

Bump in the night

June 3, 2020 6:34 pm

Blithe Spirits: An Imaginative History of the Poltergeist by S.D. Tucker reviewed

vladimir putin

Vlad the Derailer

June 2, 2020 3:59 pm

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the West by Catherine Belton reviewed

rachel johnson

Rach’s progress

May 31, 2020 3:25 pm

Rake’s Progress: My Political Midlife Crisis by Rachel Johnson reviewed

humankind bregman

How kind is humankind?

May 28, 2020 12:44 pm

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman reviewed

ilhan omar

Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography?

May 21, 2020 12:17 pm

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Ilhan Omar reviewed

flash crash

Disrupting the world — from a small west London bedroom

May 21, 2020 11:43 am

Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, A Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History by Liam Vaughan reviewed