Overrated: Home

The over-familiar pleasures of domesticity

Overrated: love

The Western idea of romantic love is a recent invention— and much less than the sum of its parts

Overrated: Intellect

"An intellectual is someone who looks at a pink party balloon and thinks of Jeff Koons"

Overrated: Apollo

There is a sterile perfection in the prim and prattish god of order

Overrated: Classicism

The default conservative reverence for ancient architecture too easily produces bogus, formulaic buildings

Overrated: Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Austrian philosopher and 20th-century genius disabled others and inspired decades of needless self-destruction among his disciples

Overrated: PhDs

Post-doctoral studies may be a waste of time in the future world of work

Overrated: Aircraft carriers

The Royal Navy’s two new flagships may be too unwieldy and vulnerable

Overrated: The British stand-up

The predictably progressive political stance of today’s practitioners has killed their line of comedy

Overrated: Harry Potter

The bland, humourless and one-dimensional boy wizard pales against his more interesting friends

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"