Books 29 December 2010

Taking the absurdity of Nazism seriously

Jonathan Littell’s revelatory tale of an SS officer - ‘a man like other men’ - sheds light on the Nazi era and also on the willfully inhuman, people-hating tendencies of our own times.

22 January 2007

The open-air health scare

BBC TV's Street Doctor shows that there's nowhere to hide from today's tyranny of health advice.

25 August 2005

Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?

The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

25 August 2005

Body politics: why are we obsessed with our flesh?

The cultural fascination with corpses, plastic surgery and healthy living suggests we are objectifying ourselves.

31 March 2005

Who wants to be an Expert Patient?

The UK government's self-help programmes for the long-term sick blur the boundary between medical and social problems.

3 December 2004

Health in a sick society

The ‘public health’ agenda promotes powerlessness as the defining feature of our age.

4 September 2002

When security scares

Does taking a breadknife on a self-catering holiday make you a potential mass murderer?