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Like arms dealers, politicians rather like fear. It makes the voters more biddable
We've reached a worrying moment in our history where anything awkward or ambiguous is deemed unworthy
Literature provides a more powerful and intimate experience than film or music
We care more about our fellow human beings than we used to
In 1999,John Updike contributed an essay about what he called "the Judas biography" to the New York Review of Books. "I raise the possibility," he wrote, "that we resent a fiction writer's manipulation of his private life, including the private life of those around him, and rejoice when he or she loses control."
Terence Blacker was on a visit to a prison to talk about the benefits of reading when he heard about the ban on books. Where better to contemplate the folly of the move?
The group-think that infects the Corporation has serious implications
Tempting as it must have been to win some positive PR, the Copenhagen zoo took the tougher, more responsible course
Any 30-year-old who changes how they ate with an eye on life 35 years down the line is in serious danger of excessive sensibleness
For ambitious would-be authors, the life of Colin Wilson presents itself as a cautionary tale. Here, Terence Blacker explains where the self-proclaimed genius went wrong
TV chefs are everywhere at the moment
Young actresses playing Dick Whittington no longer seems quite right
There's nothing new in celebrities 'speaking out' about controversial issues. But how, asks Terence Blacker, did their half-formed views start to replace real debate?
Privilege, it seems, is not all it’s cracked up to be. As depression besets middle-class youth, where’s society going wrong?
At first glance, the Sugar screen-camera might seem a harmless form of surveillance
The show represents the new establishment, and too often it picks easy targets