The Rorschach Test

Deborah Friedell, 2 November 2017

The stories about the Rorschach getting it right are almost invariably about disturbed people caught out by the test, only extremely rarely about a healthy person being exonerated.

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One, Two, Three, Eyes on Me!

George Duoblys, 4 October 2017

Highly qualified but often inexperienced young teachers deliver carefully structured content to students, pushing them to ‘climb the mountain to college’. They are notoriously strict: articles...

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Freud’s Mother

Paul Keegan, 4 October 2017

In​ ‘Some Remarks on a Case of Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis’, Freud’s case history of the Rat Man (real name: Ernst Lanzer), there is an account of Lanzer’s attempts to...

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Nudge Theory

Jamie Martin, 26 July 2017

In​ 1975, as Henry Kissinger was trying to negotiate a settlement to the Arab-Israeli War, he warned the Israeli government that a breakdown in the talks would bring catastrophe to the Middle...

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Suits

Christopher Turner, 31 May 2017

I went​ to Henry Poole & Co, the oldest tailor on Savile Row, for a fitting. Suits start at £5500, and I couldn’t afford to have one made, but the firm had agreed to teach...

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Trans Narratives

Jacqueline Rose, 4 May 2016

Transsexual people are brilliant at telling their stories. That has been a central part of their increasingly successful struggle for acceptance. But the attention sought and gained is not always...

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Coetzee

Tim Parks, 21 January 2016

Whenever​ we are in the company of J.M. Coetzee, whether it be an interview, a novel, a memoir or an essay, we are inexorably drawn into the realm of the ethical. We must judge and be judged,...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thomas Chatterton Williams, 3 December 2015

Between the World and Me is an unrelentingly severe, taut and timely text that's been nearly universally praised.

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‘The Happiness Industry’

Katrina Forrester, 21 October 2015

‘What’s​ on your mind?’ Each day, the 968 million people who log in to Facebook are asked to share their thoughts with its giant data bank. A dropdown menu of smilies invites...

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Who’s the alpha male now, bitches?

Andrew O’Hagan, 21 October 2015

Shooters, or would-be shooters, often imagine themselves ‘speaking’ to each other across the world through their acts of violence.

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Dmitri Furman

Perry Anderson, 29 July 2015

Famously,​ Russia gave the concept of an intelligentsia to the world. Though the term itself was first recorded in Poland, it was in Russia that it became common currency in the 1860s, reaching...

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Lamaze

Eliane Glaser, 3 June 2015

My NCT classes​ gave the impression that childbirth in Britain is dominated by doctors who foist painkillers on women against their better instincts, leading to a ‘cascade of...

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The Caregivers’ Disease

Paul Farmer, 20 May 2015

Graham Greene​’s Journey without Maps is an account of a trek he made across West Africa in 1935. He started in Sierra Leone, then a British colony, crossed through a sliver of French...

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Who survives?

Paul Farmer, 5 February 2015

What is it like to be a passenger on a bus, or standing in a cheering crowd at the finishing line of a marathon, in the seconds after a bomb goes off, when you know you’re hurt but not where or...

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Climate Change

Paul Kingsnorth, 22 October 2014

It was​ at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro that governments first agreed to do something about climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, agreed at the summit,...

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Double-Crested Cormorants

Jonathan Rosen, 8 October 2014

I fell​ in love with double-crested cormorants twenty years ago, partly out of gratitude. I had just started watching birds, I was terrible at it, and the big black creatures – two...

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Diary: On Being Stalked

Helen DeWitt, 20 August 2014

Someone who indefatigably comes to your house when you have crawled away in exhaustion is a social monstrosity but also, quite possibly, simply caught in a wrinkle in time.

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The Moors

David Craig, 30 July 2014

What​ do moors sound like? Like a universe of bees, whose unison is only a few notes higher than the singing of our own bloodstream, which we half-hear, half-sense during the small hours...

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