Howard Jacobson

Celebrated novelist Howard Jacobson's most recent novel is Man Booker-nominated 'J'. He has also written 'The Finkler Question', published to great acclaim in 2010. An acerbic critic and broadcaster with a passion for literature and art, he is known for his ebullient wit.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald has launched a new publication that includes claims from a former drone operator that the NSA uses metadata as a basis for drone strikes

I live in terror of the fanatic who has only read one story, whether he’s an Islamist murderer or Glenn Greenwald

Monotheism is a grand conceit, but can we say it is innocent of the millions of killings in its name?

Peter Wright of Scotland shows off his hair style during his third round match against Andy Hamilton of England during the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships on Day Ten at Alexandra Palace in London

Televised darts is less vulgar than Strictly Come Dancing – and more serious than Newsnight

Those tiny points of tungsten are metaphors for man’s ability to create something out of nothing

My shameful failure to live up to the spirit of Christmas

Beggars have mothers too. And what did it matter if he didn’t. I had wronged him

Vodafone customers have been hit by intermittent outages of text messages and other mobile phone services

It started with a BlackBerry Passport and ended with the Vodafone manager threatening to punch my lights out

It seemed that in order to find out whether I wanted to buy the phone, I had to buy it

A Woman bathing in a Stream by Rembrandt in 1654

To understand the mysteries of being human, look no further than Rembrandt

We’re in the presence of great art when we don’t have to use words like commodification

An photo tweeted in Rochester by Labour MP Emily Thornberry

If you think all working-class culture is represented by flag-waving, then you’re the snooty one

Aloofness is no virtue, but second-guessing the will of the majority has a terrible history

Bill Cosby, who has been accused of committing sexual assault

Obama, Miliband and Bill Cosby: expect the worst from those who offer to be the best

It's one dashed hope after another

Miliband wrote a Facebook post after anti-Semitic attacks on Gloria Del Piero

Does Ed Miliband really know the best way to tackle anti-Semitism?

The Labour Leader has called for a "calm" and "responsible" approach to Israel, but he should really take a hard look at his own stance first

Russell Brand and Miriam Margolyes: Don’t fall for the false charms of those two pantomime preachers

Little by little all argument evaporates, and soon what a fool thinks, we all think

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Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

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