Peter Stothard’s memoir of the 1980s follows a quartet of attendants at Mrs Thatcher’s court

Most of the rules enforced by pedants are pointless or outdated. But here are a few that may be useful

The New York newspaperman Jimmy Breslin is one of the last left from an extraordinary era

A visit to the Tom Wolfe papers at the New York Public Library reveals a writer who helps America make sense of itself

Online news’ thirst for traffic has sidelined polemics and transformed journalists into thieves and liars

Orwell criticised writing on politics, but he could not have imagined the solipsism of today’s self-regarding pundits and politicians

‘With readership in decline, the German press faces not only a dire economic challenge but an identity crisis’

Is it ever worth the trouble reading journalism whose politics you fundamentally disagree with?

Sarah Johnson introduces an account by her late father of his earliest days in journalism

A reflection on the past and future of the periodical