Modern Life

We Shouldn’t Let Old Men Rot Away In Jail

As the prison population ages, more and more elderly, often disabled inmates are left in their cells, unable to cope yet fearful of release

Don’t Pit Generations Against Each Other

Whatever the economic inequalities between baby boomers and millennials, there has never been a better time to be young

Baffle Us — But Don’t Bore Us

Conceptualism was briefly a vital response to commercialism in modern art. Then it ran out of ideas

Writers In Residence

"The only thing worse than living in the mausoleum of a dead writer is living with a bunch of living ones"

Political Playpen

"Social justice" and the New Left's takeover of academic institutions

Hard To Swallow

The dangerous new culture of brunch

Money Can’t Buy Us Love: Profiting From Loneliness

From ‘flirt coaches’ and seminars on finding your soulmate to mail-order brides, falling in love has never been more commercialised   

The Symphony: A Moral Vision Revealed In Music

Beethoven set the bar impossibly high but composers like myself still regard it as the ultimate challenge

Why ‘Lady Chatterley’ Still Provokes Us

On the set of the BBC’s recent adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s novel, I realised that his most controversial book is as important as ever

Our Island’s Storytelling

How Britain discovered a lucrative new role as a global cultural powerhouse

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"