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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The Earth is getting hotter in more ways than one

The planet is overheating – with vitriol and exaggerated feeling

There’s enthusiasm, and then there’s the hyperbole that’s overheating the planet. We all need to cool down a little

Screengrab taken from YouTube of a video showing Islamist fighters, who claim to be British, appearing in a recruitment video for the terrorist group Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis)

Iraq crisis: The truth is, nobody has the first clue whether Isis is a threat to this country

These three little words that mean more to me than any others: I don’t know

A night at the ballet can teach you more about British values than any harebrained political campaign

At the Royal Albert Hall were all the reminders one needed that English culture is a many splendour’d thing

Nietzsche gets sent off the field by a football referee

Nietzsche's ideas might have been dangerous, but that's no reason to ban a club dedicated to the man

Once we start censoring one ideology then we may as well censor all of them

Why should poets engage with ‘ordinary people’? They don’t exist

Ordinary is just the word we use for the less intellectually sophisticated

For years I have argued against holidays and giving back the Elgin Marbles. I was wrong about both

A funny thing happens when you wander round the Acropolis Museum in Athens

If we call Clarkson racist, what word do we use for Boko Haram?

If Jeremy Clarkson is to be condemned for anything, it should be his foolish obsession with cars

A cut above: Matisse's The Snail, 1953

The wild spirit of an all-creating God seems to blow through every dab and shape of colour at the Matisse show at Tate Modern

For once the critics are right: no one should miss this extraordinary exhibition

Matthew Mcnulty and Jessica Brown Findlay in 'Jamaica Inn'

Jamaica Inn and why all programmes need subtitles

I can’t understand anything on TV. So let’s do away with the volume and put subtitles on everything

Actor Zac Efron

Keep your shirt on Zac – we'd all be better for it

I consider the sexualisation of Mr Efron's body to be the mirror of Page 3

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