Books & Essays
Books & Essays
11 August 2004

The strange death of social aspiration

Today's popular culture looks down on those who want to move up in the world.

30 July 2004

You aren’t what you eat

Dr Gillian McKeith's diet, as seen on TV, is pure quackery.

16 June 2004

Making the geopolitical personal

Anti-globalisation author Paul Kingsnorth seems more interested in self-discovery than radical politics.

14 June 2004

Construction and transport: Victorian Britain lives on

Risk-aversion, short-termism and technophobia are holding back the UK’s roads, railways and buildings.

1 June 2004

Postmodernity goes to war

Contemporary warfare is more about images and effects than bombs and battles.

28 May 2004

A diet of hysteria

A new book suggests that the panic about obesity has been super-sized.

A brief history of bollocks

Francis Wheen talks to Brendan O'Neill about creationism, McDonald's and the new anti-Enlightenment.

24 February 2004

Why humans are superior to apes

The fashion for equating chimps with children is based on a degraded view of humanity and an ignorance about animals.

29 July 2003

The children who won’t grow up

Peter Pan-demonium, kidults, boomerang kids.... A sociologist examines the phenomenon of lost boys and girls hanging out on the edge of adulthood.

19 June 2003

Harry Potter and The Meaning of Life

Our obsession with the boy wizard reveals the dark side of cultural infantilism.