Books & Essays
Books & Essays
5 May 2017

The intellectual masses

John Carey talks to Tim Black about making Milton palatable, the art of persuasion, and the value of modernism.

Modern art is not rubbish

Matthew Collings on meaning, abstraction and why judgementalism can be a problem.

5 May 2017

Nietzsche’s Enlightenment

The German philosopher is not the proto-postmodern relativist some have mistaken him for.

5 May 2017

Dancing into darkness

A new edition of Hans Holbein’s Dance of Death, brings his textured micro-universes to life.

The art of pop

The Dean of American Rock Critics talks to Tom Slater about snobbery, bohemia and never tiring of music.

America after the fall

The Royal Academy's new exhibition underplays the abstract side of 1930s American painting.

21 April 2017

Rebel: Tory vs the establishment

Douglas Carswell’s book gives a refreshing take on the new elitism.

31 March 2017

The roots of populism

David Goodhart’s The Road To Somewhere is a compelling critique of elite-based politics.

31 March 2017

Beyond fake news

Renewing journalism’s pursuit of truth is absolutely necessary – for journalism and for society.

31 March 2017

The use and abuse of science

A sociologist of science, and one-time relativist, on the proper role of experts.