Our writers survey the pandemic and ask: what now—and what next?
"I was amazed at how ignorant and sometimes plain stupid were the people who claimed to run the country"—Christopher Hitchens on meeting politicians when he was a student
Ian Irvine / May 7, 2020
The way we were: meetings with the great and good
From fraternity houses to welfare applications, shame has long circulated in public life. A new book seeks to broaden our understanding of this complex and often destructive emotion
Jonathan Nunn / May 7, 2020
If we didn't have to work, what would we do? For many of us—as the pandemic has revealed—it's cooking
Our containment on an island is a source of comfort and claustrophobia
Margaret MacMillan / May 7, 2020
Whether the plague, the world wars or now coronavirus, serious crises reorder societies. With effort and imagination, can we shake off a nightmare and wake ourselves into a brighter tomorrow?
Chris Harvey / May 6, 2020
Plus Channel 5's The Deceived
Caroline O'Donoghue / May 6, 2020
From Bedazzled to the Simpsons, the devil's role in popular culture is a reflection of who we are