Arts & Books
Neal Ascherson has found geological origins for Scottish nationalism. This is not as mad as it sounds but it is still no reason to abandon the Union
Not quite Irish, not quite British; William Trevor has commanded transatlantic literary reverence for 30 years
The precautionary principle represents the cowardice of a pampered society
What explains the recent fashion for biographies of philosophers? Why do so few of them combine both good philosophy and vivid writing?
Lytton Strachey bent the rules and even the facts. But he still defines the liberties a biographer can take with a life in service of the truth
The Edinburgh Fringe is the only place where new theatre can thrive. Sneer at it if you like, but just try making it on the London fringe instead
The so-called "wasteland" of US television has generated drama that puts Britain to shame. But the networks' golden era may now be at an end