New Shakespeare play celebrates warrior queen
Is it brilliant or blasphemy? The ambitious production combines material from the Bard’s plays with fresh lines from playwright Jeanie O’Hare to tell the bloody history of Margaret of Anjou.
Philip Pullman: ‘human nature demands meaning’
Is it possible to be spiritual but not religious? Philip Pullman thinks so. After a 17 year wait, yesterday he finally published the prequel to the celebrated His Dark...
Grisly rhino shot wins top photography prize
Can a photograph change the world? Yesterday this image Memorial to a Species won a major award. Rhino horns are believed by some to be a cure for...
Stars speak up about Harvey Weinstein’s abuse
Should we be surprised that one of Hollywood’s top producers got away with abusing women for so long? After decades of silence, his victims have begun to talk — and the world is listening.
Museum pulls artworks after animal rights uproar
Was the Guggenheim Museum right to withdraw artworks featuring live animals? The pieces will not be displayed after criticism by animal rights groups and a petition signed by 600,000 people.
Death of a playboy sparks row over legacy
Libertine or liberator? Yesterday’s news of the death of Hugh Hefner, the man who launched Playboy magazine and filled his home with bunny girls, has launched a fierce philosophical debate.
Poems can be secret weapons, claims new book
Can poems change the world? Today is National Poetry Day, and according to a new book poems can improve our health. Some think poetry is even powerful enough to cause political change.
Mel Brooks: ‘the death of comedy is coming’
Should we be free to make jokes about anything? According to Mel Brooks, “political correctness” is killing comedy. But some think it is right to crack down on harmful humour.
Man Booker shortlist sets off literary storm
Does it make sense to rank novels like horses? The six nominees for the highly prestigious Man Booker fiction prize have been announced. As always, the choices are very contentious.
High fashion’s ‘crisis’ in the instagram age
Is haute couture losing its power? As New York Fashion Week begins, a group of major designers in France have caved in to public pressure, and pledged to stop using size zero models.
L'Oréal model axed for attacking white racism
Should the world’s largest cosmetics company have sacked Munroe Bergdorf? The black, transgender model spoke yesterday about the flood of threats and abuse she has faced since her firing.
‘The ultimate mix tape of humanity’ turns 40
In 1977, NASA sent a groundbreaking object into space. The Golden Record was a compilation of sounds from Earth designed to teach aliens about us. Four decades on, it still fascinates us…
Stars lash out at racism in political VMAs
The 2017 Video Music Awards were not just about pop. There were angry speeches, an appearance from Heather Heyer’s mother, and a “fight against the system” prize. Was it all too political?
‘Renaissance man’ Sam Shepard dead at 73
Writer, actor, musician, fashion icon: Sam Shepard has been compared to the multi-talented geniuses of the Renaissance age. Should we all follow his example and cultivate a range of skills?
Minecraft book is ‘Crusoe for the digital age’
The latest novel by Max Brooks is a Robinson Crusoe-like tale of survival, zombies, and building an entire world from cuboid blocks. Yep — it is about Minecraft. Why is...
‘Doomed’ cursive makes comeback in classrooms
Until recently, it looked like handwriting lessons were on their way out of American schools. That seems to be changing. As technology evolves, is there a need for cursive on the curriculum?