The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
28 September 2014 06:25 PM
We've reached a worrying moment in our history where anything awkward or ambiguous is deemed unworthy
24 August 2014 04:58 PM
Literature provides a more powerful and intimate experience than film or music
27 July 2014 06:29 PM
We care more about our fellow human beings than we used to
06 July 2014 06:52 PM
Ah, the pleasures of the self – not such a male preserve after all
08 June 2014 05:36 PM
It seems that anyone who has reached the age of 89 should be presumed to be so helpless that merely catching a train represents an act of derring-do
29 May 2014 05:00 PM
Long before we entered this golden age of over-sharing, Nicholson Baker was fossicking through the stuff of intimate daily life, exploring in detail which borders on the obsessive-compulsive the subjects that fascinate him – words, books, music, poetry, humans, sex.
27 April 2014 06:32 PM
If she did indeed argue that professional women working in her ministry should avoid flashing the flesh, was that really such an outrageous thing to suggest?
Updike by Adam Begley, book review: A biography shows that John Updike's talent was for fiction, not domestic drama
17 April 2014 03:30 PM
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."
Singing from the Floor by JP Bean, book review: A glorious history of folk music and those who made it
09 April 2014 09:00 PM
It is not difficult to mock folk clubs. Middle-aged, occasionally solemn, riven with rules about what is acceptably traditional, they may sing brave songs of freedom but that spirit is not always extended to music of which they disapprove.
06 April 2014 07:19 PM
It is time to be a little more relaxed when people like Russell Brand barge in
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo