History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
Lockdown with Chris Sullivan: Volume One
Looking for an album, film or book to make our new Coronavirus reality more bearable? Why not start here...
The Year of Living Distantly: The Cost of Love
John Lubbock describes his enforced separation from his wife during the COVID-19 pandemic, which he believes lays bare once more the hostile environment the UK has cultivated.
The UPSIDE DOWN: This Too Shall Pass – What Defoe’s Plague Journal Can Still Teach Us
As the Coronavirus pandemic changes all of our lives, John Mitchinson reflects on how the observations of humanity revealed in such moments of crisis transcend time and place.
The Year of Living Distantly: A Dark Relishing
Conrad Egbert provides his insights on dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak from Copenhagen.
The Fantasies of Video Game Cities Can’t Escape Real Social Contradictions
Jon Bailes looks at why even video games – as fantasies – can’t seem to consciously address the antagonisms of our political, economic and social lives.
The Year of Living Distantly: The Stuff that Happens Somewhere Else
Christina Patterson explores how she is coming to terms with our terrible new reality – and the snatches of beauty within it.
Postcards from the Red Wall: A Town with Contradictions
Graham Williamson visits Doncaster, which voted to Leave the EU by 69% in 2016, and welcomed a Conservative MP to one of its constituencies in the 2019 General Election.
The Year of Living Distantly: The Empty Hours
Chris Keulemans reflects on what living with the Coronavirus might teach us about the kind of life we really want.
The Year of Living Distantly: A Letter to My Mum
Otto English pens some thoughts to his 89-year-old mother, who he visited this week in the Coronavirus chaos.
The Herd Instinct and 'Herd Immunity': The Etiology of a Bad Idea
The science didn't change – the politics did. Peter Jukes follows an inflammatory and disastrous theory as it spread rapidly through the British body politic.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: Raising Hell – The Long Afterlife of William Blake
John Mitchinson explores the lasting resonance of the works of the English poet and artist who attracted little acclaim during his lifetime.
'Misbehaviour' Misses the Mark
Chris Sullivan reviews a new take on the 1970 Miss World pageant and explores the debate about sex and race which it exposed.
Fiction in the Age of Fake News
After 40 years as a theatre director and author, Stephen Unwin sees the avant-garde as powerless against the Alt-Right and argues we need a new respect for reality.
THE UPSIDE DOWN: The Lie of the Land – We Need to Talk about the Enclosures
John Mitchinson considers the economic and psychic dangers of land appropriation.
'The True Story of Ned Kelly': Criminal or Freedom Fighter?
Chris Sullivan reviews an adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel that explores the boundary between banditry and rebellion.