Issue: July/August 2015

The Mark Of Cain

'The story of Cain and Abel, like so many others in the Hebrew Bible, expresses a profound truth about human nature.'

Bad Examples

Should it be illegal to expose people to damaging ideas?

Iraq Myths

A film about the 2003 anti-war protest propagates inaccuracies

Unhappy Birth Days

A radical French obstetrician believes modern society is the enemy of childbirth

Close Encounters

Catcalling isn't so bad — until it crosses the line

Saving Greece

The UK should solve the Greek crisis by offering to buy the rest of the Parthenon

Home Sweet Home

The pleasure of reading archetypally English books while abroad

Nazis And Narcissism

‘Is the transformation of Kim Jong-un into an ugly minor celebrity, whom everyone can laugh at, our way of coping — or a demonstration of a barbarous flippancy?’

A Precarious Profession

‘I’m generally found still tapping in the wings before I make my entrance, more Rain Man than Birdman’

Keynesians In Retreat?

‘The letter of protest to the Guardian from 79 left-wing economists might indicate that the Keynesians are losing the argument’

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens