Adam Gopnik poses the question: Do you have a right to make my life into your art?
Sara Wheeler on why it's vital that research into neurodiversity is better understood.
David Goodhart ponders why we're reluctant to talk about integration.
Zia Haider Rahman on why he's introducing his 5-year-old godson to mathematics.
Rebecca Stott asks if it's time to admit that some faith groups are not safe for children.
Michael Morpurgo tells the story of one child refugee, heading our way.
John Gray reflects on doubt, faith and love... through the life of Arthur Balfour.
Sara Wheeler explores the emotional power of food.
Zoe Strimpel argues that it's time to wean ourselves off TV as a coping mechanism.
Rebecca Stott reflects on the difficulty of communicating climate change.
Adam Gopnik presents an extended anecdote about art, television and memory.
Howard Jacobson reflects on present wrapping
John Connell walks in the footsteps of the Irish monk, St Brendan.
Bernardine Evaristo argues that online trolls are poisoning human interaction.
Sara Wheeler on why she has little time for the current fad of wild swimming.
Tom Shakespeare on our relationship with red tape, past and present.
Niall Ferguson argues that predictions of a 'Roaring Twenties' may be misplaced.
Zoe Strimpel argues that the culture war is not a storm in a teacup.
Howard Jacobson on Zionism and the disappointment of a dream.
Bernardine Evaristo on why the country's arts must be cherished.
Sara Wheeler rereads fifty years of diaries and ponders lessons learned.
Will Self muses on the joys of eavesdropping.
Rebecca Stott on why we need to rethink our love affair with concrete.
Adam Gopnik ponders New Yorkers' response to the passing of the pandemic there.
Zoe Strimpel questions some of the dominant gender narratives around the Me Too movement.
David Goodhart reflects on group identities in the aftermath of the Sewell report.
Howard Jacobson reflects on the 'incorrigible unseriousness' of our age.
Michael Morpurgo on how a personal meeting shaped his views.
Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device....
Adam Gopnik reflects on why Tik-Tok will never be his thing.
Sara Wheeler argues that the Mrs-Miss distinction has no place in contemporary Britain.
Sarah Dunant ponders what effect this year will have on future conversation.
John Connell reflects on how the pandemic is breaking the spell of cities.
Tom Shakespeare on pubs in peril.
Susie Orbach on finding the right words to help get us through the pandemic.
Will Self on why he longs for the day he can travel again on the London underground.
Zoe Strimpel tries to understand her sense of panic at news of Britain closing its borders
Sarah Dunant imagines how the storming of the US Capitol building might go down in history
Rebecca Stott on why stories told over time seem so fitting for lockdown.
John Gray argues that social media bans on Donald Trump pose many risks.
Adam Gopnik attempts to make sense of events in Washington this week.
Adam Gopnik on the bitter-sweet joys of cycling round Central Park.
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on spirituality and syncretism.
Sara Wheeler on navigating unmapped territory.
Howard Jacobson reflects on hugging, past and present.
Will Self on why he's decided to "eat" buildings
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on body image and the fashion industry.
David Goodhart defends objective facts over personal experience.
Sara Wheeler on lockdown for her brother, severely learning disabled, and others like him
Howard Jacobson with his personal reaction to a monumental week in US politics.
Zoe Strimpel examines why we've become so passionately obsessed with dogs.
Will Self advocates a novel practice for our times.
Adam Gopnik reflects on the appearance of Jupiter in the skies over Manhattan.
Rebecca Stott on memories of Angel Delight, Smash powder and an invaluable device.
Bernardine Evaristo on why wearing a mask these days is the least we can do.
Tom Shakespeare discusses our changing attitudes to risk.
Sarah Dunant on QAnon... and conversations with her hairdresser.
Zoe Strimpel discusses growing divides between our social groupings.
Michael Morpurgo questions whether we are educating our children or programming them.
Adam Gopnik on why, during the pandemic, there's a fine line between clever... and stupid.
John Gray discusses why he believes liberals are turning their backs on tolerance.
Will Self reflects on how the pandemic could affect our perception of human progress.
Bernardine Evaristo reflects on changing attitudes to gender.
Linda Colley on why being a small nation can be an advantage.
Rebecca Stott tells the story of 536 AD - the year the sun 'disappeared'.
Will Self discusses how the pandemic has affected our views of inheritance.
Adam Gopnik discusses how the pandemic is bringing out our most conventional behaviours.
Bernardine Evaristo discusses how we historicise the past
Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the comment "If you don't like it here you can always leave"
Mary Beard asks: Has the iconic university lecture had its day?
David Goodhart examines our changing attitudes to authority.
Howard Jacobson takes a wry view of life under lockdown.
Rebecca Stott reflects on how it feels being out of kilter with time.
Will Self on the Great British Wipe-Up.
Howard Jacobson on his mother's life - and death.
AL Kennedy on how we perceive risk.
Will Self ponders what lessons Aboriginal culture might have for the days of pandemic.
Zia Haider Rahman discusses the moral questions facing us in lifting the lockdown
Rebecca Stott reflects on unfinished projects.
Tom Shakespeare on becoming a grandad for the first time.
Adam Gopnik on life in lockdown in New York.
Sarah Dunant on how imagination will be a vital tool to deal with social distancing.
Michael Morpurgo on hunkering down in his cottage... waiting for coronavirus to pass.
Adam Gopnik on his children leaving home and becoming an "empty nester".
Tom Shakespeare asks how best to confront difficult situations.
To recline - or not to recline - your seat on an aeroplane? Adam Gopnik on "recline-gate"
Sarah Dunant on the romance of writing history.
Sarah Dunant discusses the relationship between disease and the culture of history.
Will Self bemoans the ever-increasing difficulty of finding a bit of peace and quiet.
Howard Jacobson on why he’s taken to folding plastic bags.
Howard Jacobson discusses why we all need to be concerned about anti-Semitism.
Following the death of Sir Roger Scruton, a chance to listen again to one of his talks.
Will Self explores what he sees as a growing sense of collective hypocrisy.
Rebecca Stott on the joys of becoming a seal warden.
Rebecca Stott on her fascination with taxidermy.
John Gray ponders why the belief that an end to history is imminent, never goes away.
Will Self on why - for the first time in his life - he didn't vote.
John Gray reflects on the lessons today of an unusual U.S. newspaper column
Following the death of Clive James - one of his first talks for "A Point of View".
Adam Gopnik argues that there's no need to panic about the much-discussed US sex recession
Adam Gopnik ponders why so much of our communication these days is bereft of human warmth.
Sarah Dunant on the rediscovery of undervalued women of art.
David Goodhart argues it's time to look again at our tradition of residential universities
Sarah Dunant describes an evening talking with a group of strangers about death.
David Goodhart on the rise of new 'tribes' in British political life.
Margaret Heffernan argues that, in the world of technology, nothing is inevitable.
Michael Morpurgo on the damage being caused to increasing numbers of children by stress.
Michael Morpurgo reflects on growing old.
Tom Shakespeare on what it feels like to be stared at.
Tom Shakespeare on why changing your mind shouldn't be seen as a weakness.
Sarah Dunant on why this year's September malaise has a different feel to it.
Rebecca Stott discusses her fascination with abandoned or ruined cities.
Rebecca Stott argues that we need to rethink our relationship with nature.
Will Self on why he has a problem with theory.
Will Self ponders our infantilism regarding our toilet habits.
Will Self bemoans the growing commoditisation of culture in the public sector.
Sarah Dunant on why she's abandoned her beloved city of Florence.
John Gray asks if a no-deal Brexit is the only way out of current events.
Howard Jacobson sets out to take back sovereignty... over words.
Taking his lead from Duke Ellington, Amit Chaudhuri asks, what do we mean by 'my people'?
David Goodhart argues that earlier eras have much to teach us about group solidarity.
Linda Colley discusses the cult of charismatic leaders and why they never properly deliver
Monica Ali on the UK's use of immigration detention centres and indefinite detention.
Monica Ali explores the challenges faced by writers of colour.
Val McDermid on why public libraries must be kept open.
David Goodhart on why he believes democracy - far from being in crisis - is thriving.
Val McDermid ponders how we can fix homelessness.
Rebecca Stott imagines a conversation with Darwin about our environmental concerns
Sarah Dunant proposes a National Anger Day – a catharsis to help us all be less… angry!
Joanna Robertson reflects from Paris on the days after the Notre Dame fire.
AL Kennedy reflects on why automation needs to be governed by human needs and strengths.
Rebecca Stott on her pet hate – being talked AT!
John Gray reflects on where British politics goes from here.
Sarah Dunant on the thorny relationship between culture and the money that supports it.
Zia Haider Rahman on why Brexit has made him feel closer to Britain.
AL Kennedy on why we can’t afford to despair.
Tom Shakespeare on why we are in urgent need of a bit of plain speaking.
AL Kennedy on TV's tendency to focus on disappearing parts of our national life.
AL Kennedy on how the British sense of humour is standing up to our political woes.
Will Self asks why our relationship with our bodies has become such a distant one.
Stella Tillyard argues that the sea - long forgotten - is beginning to reassert itself.
Val McDermid argues that referendums have had a devastating effect on our political system
Linda Colley asks if - eventually - Brexit could be the modernizing force the UK needs.
Stella Tillyard ponders whether we are freeing ourselves from the grip of 'things'.
Tom Shakespeare on the near impossible task of remembering online passwords.
Howard Jacobson on the joys of city parks.
Howard Jacobson on the Cult of Self.
Will Self on why personal finance is an utterly alien concept.
Will Self ponders what we should say to our children about global warming.
Roger Scruton argues that political correctness is the ultimate source of our conflicts.
Stella Tillyard on why history no longer seems an adequate guide to our present.
Stella Tillyard reflects on how we bury and remember our dead.
Howard Jacobson's very tricky dilemma... which of his possessions can he throw away?
Michael Morpurgo ponders our future connection with the First World War.
Howard Jacobson on the politics of clothes.
Howard Jacobson on the end of mooching as a way of life.
Howard Jacobson reflects on maleness in the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh story.
Val McDermid on why mass tourism is destroying the very thing we crave when we travel.
Val McDermid on Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle knife crime.
Val McDermid argues that crime fiction is not really about murder at all.
Adam Gopnik examines the issues raised by the row between Serena Williams and an umpire.
Adam Gopnik on why the prefixes we use speak volumes.
Will Self tells the story of what happened to a friend in a psychiatric hospital.
Tom Shakespeare is downsizing. But what to do with his books?
Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.
Michael Morpurgo discusses the importance of never taking peace for granted.
Michael Morpurgo argues it's time to think again over Brexit.
Michael Morpurgo on a new initiative to help refugee children.
John Gray argues that staying in the European Union will not protect liberal values.
Sarah Dunant on her uneasy conundrum over inheritance tax.
Adam Gopnik sets out to determine the difference between cliche and universal truth.
Will Self on why we should stop 'looking down on the inferior inhabitants of the past'.
Will Self on consciousness, humanity and artificial intelligence.
Will Self on a new wave of anti-Semitism in Britain.
Sarah Dunant asks if robots can solve the crisis in care for the elderly.
Alistair Cooke's incredible first-hand account of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
Amit Chaudhuri reflects on why he believes modern movies lack "enchantment".
Sarah Dunant reflects on Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum.
Amit Chaudhuri on why restoration should not involve a fetishization of the new.
Stella Tillyard describes her struggle with dyslexia for the first time.
Tom Shakespeare asks why disabled sexuality is still so often taboo.
Stella Tillyard tells the story of a small Italian museum - the Museum of Deportation.
Tom Shakespeare on why we misuse the language of mental illness.
John Gray argues that the future of the west depends on the continuing success of China.
John Gray argues that the idea that empire has had its day is a delusion of our age.
Kamila Shamsie on the limitations of the publishing trend 'Up Lit'.
Kamila Shamsie explores the meaning of the word 'civilisation'.
Tom Shakespeare tells us why he detests the phrase 'going forward'.
John Gray on why the work of Russian writer Teffi has become so relevant today.
John Gray argues that throughout history intellectuals have often made the worst decisions
AL Kennedy on how a thought experiment of the 1960s today risks being turned on its head.
AL Kennedy argues why it's empowering to reflect on our mortality.
AL Kennedy argues that our 'winner-takes-all' mentality is suffocating democracy.
AL Kennedy on why Hollywood has never been a nice place.
Howard Jacobson on self-censoring and the language of appreciation.
Howard Jacobson ponders why misanthropy is out of fashion.
Howard Jacobson on why we need to preserve Bohemia.
Howard Jacobson muses on the 'frozen wastes of Emojiland'.
Howard Jacobson on the art of the feuilleton and the joy of the ordinary.
Zia Haider Rahman reflects on the demise of the literary novel.
Zia Haider Rahman argues that reason itself is under assault in this 'post-truth' world.
Zia Haider Rahman on the abysmal race record of some of Britain's foremost institutions.
Will Self reflects on the epidemic of sleeplessness.
Will Self on the drawbacks of perfect vision.
Will Self on his conversion to vegetarianism.
Will Self says we need creative solutions to end institutional misogyny and abuse.
Will Self on why he loves space.
Mary Beard ponders why email is governed by so few rules and conventions.
Andrew Sullivan on the cultural Marxism he says is sweeping through US universities.
Andrew Sullivan says Donald Trump is teaching a generation to bully, slander and cheat.
Andrew Sullivan on how America has become 'a truly tribal society'.
Monica Ali on why she thinks the history of the British Empire must be taught in schools.
Monica Ali reflects on the 'cult of authenticity'.
Monica Ali reflects on the recent surge in moped crime after her son was attacked.
Sir Roger Scruton argues that Europe needs to rediscover its Christian roots.
Roger Scruton asks: "What does the Tory Party really stand for?".
Roger Scruton looks at the impact of Harry Potter on our world view.
Adam Gopnik on why bringing up children is an art - not a science.
Adam Gopnik reflects on why musical theatre makes its makers miserable.
Adam Gopnik on how Donald Trump's presidency will affect our sense of what 'normal' is.
Adam Gopnik on why he turned to marijuana during his recent bout of shingles.
Adam Gopnik reflects on the first six months of Donald Trump's presidency.
Adam Gopnik goes in search of a white staircase in Capri.
Will Self reflects on what a truly gender-fluid society might look like.
Will Self's personal view of high-rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Howard Jacobson on the political ironies that are emerging following the election.
John Gray reflects on how the election has changed politics.
Howard Jacobson on why he must renounce George Eliot's greatest novel, Middlemarch.
Howard Jacobson reflects on his home city's response to the Manchester attack.
Howard Jacobson on literary festivals and the violent nature of creativity.
Howard Jacobson speaks up in defence of the much-maligned metropolitan liberal elite.
Howard Jacobson argues that talk of the dangers of artificial intelligence is premature.
A L Kennedy commends paying attention to voices as a way to discern truth telling.
A.L. Kennedy reflects on the way our past shapes our present and our future.
AL Kennedy extols the virtues of reading and its power to encourage respect for others.
AL Kennedy says we should reject the media outlets that peddle only bad news.
Tom Shakespeare argues that dementia should be viewed as a disability.
Tom Shakespeare reflects on why the political populists are all master story tellers.
Tom Shakespeare on why we shouldn't wallow in the past.
Stella Tillyard looks at the phenomenon of the "idling brain".
John Gray asks how we come to terms with a world that is frighteningly unpredictable.
John Gray discusses what has fuelled 'populism' today.
John Gray on how we can prepare ourselves for an 'unknowable future'.
Will Self on how the worlds of work and education have become seamlessly merged.
John Gray examines what lies behind our desire to protect our "way of life".
Will Self on why we really should spend time worrying about why we are here.
Will Self says it's time to end "teaching to the test".
Will Self on the role of public art projects like the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Will Self argues for the re-introduction of National Service.
Adam Gopnik explores the differences between patriotism and nationalism.
Howard Jacobson searches for his Word of the Year.
Adam Gopnik on the controversy surrounding the Christmas song Baby It's Cold Outside.
Adam Gopnik reflects on the greater significance of designer holes in jeans!
Adam Gopnik reflects on Bob Dylan's predictable lack of gratitude towards his Nobel Prize.
Adam Gopnik muses on liberals and liberalism.
Adam Gopnik asks how America can preserve a liberal, open society.
Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory.
Adam Gopnik reflects on why he believes a Trump victory would be a disaster for America.
Howard Jacobson argues that dissatisfaction with life is essential.
Howard Jacobson applauds the granting of an appeal by Shylock in a mock trial in Venice.
Howard Jacobson applauds Tom Stoppard's attack on the ignorance of the average audience.
Howard Jacobson deplores the fashion for 'whooping' as a mark of approval.
John Gray reflects on the controversial 'space spaces' policy in universities.
John Gray assesses what lies behind the Trump phenomenon.
Wheelchair user, Tom Shakespeare, on what it feels like to be dependent on others.
John Gray muses on what his idea of heaven is - and why it shouldn't be a perfect world.
Tom Shakespeare reflects on how dogs can teach us a capacity for contentment.
Will Self reflects on the joys of genealogy.
Will Self explores what is wrong with contemporary art.
Will Self explains why he finds it hard to always act his age.
Tom Shakespeare gives a very personal view of prenatal screening.
The writer AL Kennedy reflects on Englishness.
AL Kennedy ponders the importance of facts, in a world dominated by opinion.
The historian Mary Beard reflects on whether Brexit will change our cultural identity.
Peter Hennessy sees the UK's vote to leave the EU as a profound strategic shift.
The philosopher Roger Scruton reflects on democracy after Brexit.
The philosopher John Gray argues that Britain should look to Brexit as a new beginning.
Onora O'Neill criticises the standard of public debate on both sides of the EU decision.
AL Kennedy reflects on how we can sustain each other through uncertainty.
John Gray argues that Brexit will have a greater impact on the EU than it will on the UK.
AL Kennedy reflects on how being able to communicate clearly is the work of a lifetime.
Roger Scruton says government by petition is out of step with representative democracy.
Roger Scruton says we should prioritise beauty when building in the countryside.
Will Self argues we should give children their inheritance when they're most in need of it
A reflection on a topical issue. Will Self ponders the role of the 'psy-professions'.
Self-confessed digi-drunkard Will Self on predictive texting, spellchecking and algorithms
Sarah Dunant reflects on the legacy of one of the worst floods in Florence's history.
Sarah Dunant reflects on the demise of handwriting.
Sarah Dunant argues that our current obsession with celebrity utterly undermines art.
Sarah Dunant takes an historical look at avarice, in the light of the Panama Papers.
Will Self reflects on our sense of the meaning of time.
Will Self thinks people are as violent as ever, counting the virtual and online worlds.
Finding himself on a restricted diet, Will Self reflects on the rise of food allergies.
Adam Gopnik struggles with his new year's resolutions to meditate and listen to good music
Adam Gopnik deplores the fashion for attacking so-called 'cultural expropriation'.
Adam Gopnik thinks future generations will judge us as harshly as we judge our ancestors.
Adam Gopnik says the secret of happiness lies in unexpected pleasures.
Writer Helen Macdonald confesses to an obsession with the recent Star Wars movie.
Tom Shakespeare reflects that personal experience is the most powerful form of expertise.
Tom Shakespeare is concerned by what the rise of cosmetic surgery says about society.