Why Salinger still speaks to us

He may not have published very much, but Salinger’s contribution to modern literature was enormous: the creation of a new kind of literary character struggling with the crisis and corrosion of The Individual.

18 September 2009

Keith Floyd and the end of an era

It’s not the death of the wine-soaked celebrity chef that has been changing TV cookery shows, but the recession.

14 September 2009

Norman Borlaug, RIP

As spiked launches a new debate about the future of food, we mourn the man who fed the world.

20 April 2009

Ballard: explorer of catastrophe

The author of Empire of the Sun and Crash was no dystopian prophet; he used disaster to reimagine the world.

29 December 2008

The curious victory of Conor Cruise O’Brien

The arch revisionist of Irish history is now denounced as an intellectual eccentric. Yet his misanthropic vision governs modern Ireland; he was the Grandfather of the Peace Process.

The problem with Pinteresque politics

The same qualities that made Harold Pinter one of the great dramatists – free association, non-sequiturs, jarring juxtapositions, unreliable recollections – also made him a bad political activist.

6 November 2008

Michael Crichton, RIP

Farewell to the author who supported spiked spiritually and financially.

1 February 2008

Jeremy Beadle:
comic genius

Ignore the cant-fuelled attacks by envious members of the chattering classes on Jeremy Beadle. He was a man who ‘got’ humour.

11 September 2007

Anita Roddick: prophet of Green Capitalism

The founder of The Body Shop has died – but not before helping to move exhausted industrial capitalism towards a new life as ‘capitalism without growth’.

5 September 2007

Remembering Dave Hallsworth

An obituary by Mick Hume.