The films of Adam Curtis tell the histories of utopian ideas gone disastrously wrong. So why does he think we need more of them? Daniel Trilling meets the acclaimed documentary maker
If your Nordic knowledge is limited to ABBA, snow and Vikings, read this book, says Anna Vesterinen
Simon Singh is one of our best science writers, but a gruelling libel battle derailed his career. Now, he tells Paul Sims, he’s back to doing what he loves
Epicurus was far from the lover of fine food his name now suggests. In fact, his ideas liberated his followers from fear of the gods, writes David Sedley
What happened when Ariane Sherine decided to sell half of all her possessions and give the money to charity?
An interview with activist and intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh, a leading voice in the struggle against the Assad regime. By Danny Postel and Nader Hashemi
We worry that new technology is ruining our ability to think – in fact, such fears have been around since the very invention of writing
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