A war hero can have a long afterlife, but few individual soldiers’ names from the First World War have survived in public memory, and especially not in the public memory...


One man and his dog

For those of you who have not heard of Count Dankula – real name Mark Meechan, of Lanarkshire – he is a self-described “shit poster”. For those of you who...


Cheerleaders of death

What are these potentially fractious subunits – or “building blocks,” as they are sometimes called – of the body, and how can we effectively control them? One of the first...


Widest sense

There are two ways to celebrate the long life of an eminent paper: by date, or by number of issues. When the TLS, first published as a free supplement to...


God, guns and guts

By law, Billy Neal Moore should have been dead thirty years ago, by electrocution. But I was able to catch up with him recently in London where he was giving...


“Caporetto” by François Flameng, 1917

A farewell to glory

Mark Thompson on Hemingway and Hugh Dalton at the Italian front


George Bernard Shaw, cartoon from Vanity Fair, 1919

Promised Land

George Bernard Shaw and the Balfour Declaration, 1917


“Philosopher in Meditation” by Rembrandt, 1632

But is it science?

Two leading philosophers, Roger Scruton and Timothy Williamson, interrogate their discipline


“Perelman-Poincaré” by Roberto Bobrow, 2010

The end of an error?

Timothy Gowers on the alternatives to formal peer review


Matthew Arnold by Frederick Waddy, 1872

‘The rhymes are sometimes poor’

Seamus Perry argues that critics of Matthew Arnold might be missing the point