Books & Essays
Books & Essays
16 March 2006

The Dan Brown whodunnit

The copyright trial over The Da Vinci Code is weaving a tangled web.

14 March 2006

Dial M for madness

Stephen King's Cell, where cellphone-users become braindead flesheaters, feasts on some mainstream anxieties.

7 March 2006

Toxic China?

Western critics cite China's environmental record as an excuse for attacking economic growth.

7 March 2006

Africa: ‘Empowerment’ by imposition

By focusing on 'capacity-building' and 'empowerment', international institutions seek to evade responsibility for their continued domination over African affairs.

23 February 2006

Speciesism: a beastly concept

Why it is morally right to use animals to our ends.

23 February 2006

Frey’s fictional memory syndrome

Does it matter if misery memoirs are not absolutely true?

16 February 2006

Yes Man? No thanks

Danny Wallace’s popular cod-philosophy that it’s good to say yes is more conservative than it sounds.

19 January 2006

Antisocial behaviour: the construction of a crime

Now the New Labour government has revealed its 'respect' agenda, the problem of 'antisocial behaviour' has moved to the forefront of political debate. But what is it?

5 January 2006

Pretending that youth apathy doesn’t exist

The authorities’ attempts to reinvent and ‘remix’ citizenship ignore the real problem.

4 January 2006

‘Thumb Culture’ and the meaning of mobiles

A thought-provoking new book asks: 'What is a mobile phone...?'