Artist Patrick Hughes fills his book Paradoxymoron with self-contradictory gems and enjoyably vicious circles – but are his paradoxes as radical as he thinks?
London Calling is a riotous recollection of Soho and the West End during a period when London was less sanitised, less regulated and a lot more liberated.
Kay Hymowitz’s assault on men who seem incapable of growing up is well aimed, but her recourse to human biology as the source of adulthood makes for miserable reading.
James Harkin’s new book reveals what the rise of niche marketing represents: a growing trend for expressing one’s identity, and superiority, through consumption choices.
Physicist Wade Allison says he wants to alleviate fears about nuclear. Trouble is, his warnings against catastrophic climate change sound just as alarmist as the nuke panic.
Eva Gabrielsson’s biography, Millennium, Stieg & I, is a bitter invective against profiteers from the ‘Stieg Larsson industry’ – yet it is also guilty of chipping away at the deceased author’s privacy.
Christina Hopkinson’s sparkly new novel has been read as a privileged mum’s moan about cleaning. In fact it raises more than a few awkward questions about domestic drudgery.
With its elevation of intuition over reason and the unconscious mind over rational thought, David Brooks’ new book is an explicit attack on Enlightenment values. It’s time we defended rationalism and passion.
However much serious rock critics fantasise that U2 were rebellious rockers, the truth is ‘the kids’ rejected them.
The reaction to events in Japan shows that fear – of climate change or radiation – trumps old solidarities.
Where were today’s champions of libraries in the 1990s, when philistine New Labour was emptying those venerable institutions of all their worth?
Banning anyone outside Cornwall from making Cornish pasties promises to crimp the life out of food culture.
New World Bank rules restricting support for coal-fired power stations will confine millions to poverty.
None of the international players competing for influence in this crisis has the will to run an air war, never mind re-colonise Libya.
The online mockery of a young EDL member speaks volumes about liberals’ contempt for the white working classes.
Ofcom creates precisely the stifling conditions in which an unfunny misanthrope like Boyle can flourish.
The killing of Ronan Kerr exposes both the moral turpitude of republican dissidents and the opportunism of Northern Ireland's rulers.
A former spiked intern has a message for his fellow jobbing students: internships are not a form of slave labour.
In the first of her reports from Israel, Nathalie Rothschild explains the implications of the Goldstone saga.
Given the contempt with which the NHS treats ordinary people, it’s no wonder they aren’t lining up with the ‘Save our NHS’ lobby.
New sitcom Twenty Twelve gently mocks London’s preparations rather than taking a satire-shaped cudgel to them.
Those fretting over the footballer’s anglo-saxon turn of phrase have clearly never been to a match before.
David Brooks' The Social Animal elevates emotion over reason, instinctive feeling over conscious thought. But today, we must defend both.
Unfortunately, both France and some of its critics seem driven by a desire to police people's thoughts.
The Alternative Vote system will produce MPs who are even more lame and principle-lite than the current bunch.
Yes, the News of the World has behaved badly, but for New Labour bigwigs to complain about being snooped on... you couldn’t make it up.
Why did one of Britain’s oldest liberal papers collude with the state in the arrest of a man for expressing an idea?
If even running a marathon doesn’t shift the pounds, why are the rest of us constantly told to ‘get active’?
On the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight, James Woudhuysen praises Gagarin’s daring - and says we need more of it today.
A new law preventing criticism of the state is scarily similar to some of Britain's free-speech clampdowns.
Under the guise of promoting ‘wellbeing’, the government and advocacy groups are indulging in lifestyle modification.
For all the attempts to talk up the budget clash as a great historical drama, in truth it revealed the pathetic state of American politics.
A student opponent of the illiberal NUS has a message for its new president: get rid of No Platform.
A US school’s ban on parents giving their kids packed lunches reeks of ‘we know best’ condescension.
As the various bombers of Libya disavow responsibility for the overall military mission, there’s no telling how this will end.
A riveting look at the rise and fall of the council estate casts today’s housing policy – or lack of it – in a dim light.
With overt racism a thing of the past, we should show Herman Ouseley and his racial etiquette police the red card.
Physicist Wade Allison expertly demolishes fears about radiation. If only he was equally as sceptical about the fear-fuelled climate-change panic.
An unguarded comment by the new NUS president shows how denigrated university education has become.
A survey hailing the impact of healthy school dinners on kids’ capacity to learn is not as smart as it thinks.
The campaign to cleanse Britain’s football terraces of the Y-word is a patronising assault on Tottenham Hotspur fans’ pride and identity.
How the values of ‘Kensington dinner parties’ are being imposed in the Palestinian territories.
An international relations expert says there’s no going back to the so-called ‘good interventions’ of the 1990s.
The leader of the Bahrain Freedom Movement tells spiked that the situation in his country is grim. But is Western intervention the solution?
Hungary’s proposed new constitution owes as much to retrograde Western trends as it does to right-wing nationalism.
The rise of police kettling on protests tells us a lot about both aimless radicals and cautious cops.
Why is the West’s North Atlantic Treaty Organisation squabbling over who should bomb north Africa, 20 years after the Cold War ended?
New series The Walking Dead makes a good Zombie drama of contemporary society’s fear and self-doubt.
It’s time Old Firm fans stopped telling tales on one another and united against the authorities’ behaviour police.
By attacking Andres Serrano’s artwork ‘Immersion (Piss Christ)’, French Christian fundamentalists play into the artist’s hands.
The underlying message of the New Atheists’ ‘secular bibles’ is far more soul-destroying than anything in the original Good Book.
Patrick Hayes talks to residents of one London borough on why they won’t be getting the bunting out on Friday.
There might be more cynicism about this royal wedding than Charles and Diana’s – but what’s good about that?
The wedding has exposed big fault lines within the British elite, with defensive monarchists on one side and snobbish cynics on the other.
Campaigners should worry less about gadgets recording our locations and more about why society doesn't value privacy.
The chattering classes’ weird hatred of Tesco reveals the elitism of modern-day consumer activism.
When a senator excuses an erroneous comment by saying ‘it was not intended to be factual’, where’s the line between reality and fantasy?
A loving exploration of the art of spin bowling that, in its attention to detail and breadth of cultural reference, brings an arcane aspect of a sometimes arcane sport to vivid, joyous life.
Evgeny Morozov provides a damning critique of those who believe that social-networking tools are the spark that ignited recent political uprisings.
BP became so obsessed with rebranding itself, adopting irrational management-speak and enforcing petty health-and-safety measures that it overlooked the real safety of its workers.
A chronicle of an 18-hour return trip from the West Bank to Israel shows how the border closures introduced through the Oslo Peace Accords have strangled Palestinians’ access to work.
Peter Atkins delights in telling us that humanity came from nothing and that we're returning to nothing, and he assumes anyone who doesn't share his nihilistic beliefs is an idiot.
A new pamphlet suggesting immigrants should have to fork out £30,000 to enter Britain is giving the state a free-market justification for violating people’s freedom of movement.
The explosive power of Hans Fallada’s 60-year-old novel Alone in Berlin lies in its revelation that some uneducated Germans passionately hated the Nazi regime.
Both radical and mainstream authors now frequently attack ‘neo-liberalism’ and ‘free-market fundamentalism’. But their alternative to these largely mythical creeds would be far, far worse.