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.
17 January 2013 06:13 PM
This institution seduces punters into a pernicious fantasy of overnight riches and contributes to our something-for-nothing culture
15 January 2013 12:00 AM
This row shows the sensitivity police are ever more powerful and vigilant
10 January 2013 07:12 PM
John McCririck can’t complain about “ageism” at 72. The real problem is a certain sort of baby boomers who just can’t let go
07 January 2013 06:50 PM
The modern advice culture is enough to stress anyone out
05 January 2013 12:00 AM
Most of the books of my lifetime have an explicable chronology to them. I read Joseph Heller's Something Happened when I was first working in an office. Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier fascinated me when I was first trying to write a novel. Lorrie Moore's collection The Birds of America reached me when I was in a post-divorce haze.
03 January 2013 06:30 PM
At work, in love and in life, no one has worked out the third act
27 December 2012 06:14 PM
There has been no shortage this year of nauseating figures in public life
17 December 2012 05:50 PM
Sending rushed missives to distant acquaintances says nothing about friendship
13 December 2012 06:29 PM
No other country buys as much online, but does our digital dependency comes at the price of everyday fulfilment?
10 December 2012 07:29 PM
The Independent’s columnist is mystified by the arrival of a 20-page utility bill from E.ON Energy
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Sarah Vine criticises lesbian mother Jack Monroe: 'If she was unsure about her sexuality, she should have taken greater precautions'
- 1 Exodus Gods and Kings: Ridley Scott never considered casting 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
- 2 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he'd killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship