WHEN your parents are already Communists, whither might a teenager direct his or her own revolutionary tendencies?
IN ANY typical discourse on the physics of the universe — on the Big Bang, for instance, or multiple dimensions — there comes a moment when one gives up following the argument and resolves one’s lower jaw into the shape of a half-articulated “Wow!” In the first of The Reith Lectures (Radio 4, Tuesda...
IT IS a nice example of etymological slippage. Utopia was intended by its inventor, Thomas More, to be a not-place: Ou-topia. Over time, and as the result of a tradition of mis-reading — or, more likely, not reading — the original, the assumed linguistic ancestry is Eu-topia, a place whe...
THE people whom we are most wont to despise are those who are most similar to us. It is, as Freud termed it, the narcissism of minor difference
"It is hard to say whether God had a more or less prolific year in 2015 than any other"
Edward Wickham believes that religious broadcasting should welcome all the support it can get
"So disciplined, consensual, and courteous was this programme that one occasionally longed for a tortoise lady to pipe up"
ASHLEIGH is 24 and loves her job. She works for the charity Leonard Cheshire, which provides care services for the elderly. In most of the reports about social care in Britain, however, Ashleigh would be designated as apathetic and unmotivated. Why? Because care workers lack status...
A CENTURY before EastEnders and the heavy drum-riff beating out another histrionic cliffhanger, there was Emile Zola. The Rougon-Macquart novels have more lust, violence, and dynastic rivalry than Dirty Den could wave a fist at; which is probably why Radio 4 has
Gillean Craig finds Monty Don a "first rate guide" to the history of the British garden