BEYOND THE BINARY

None of us is inherently immune to the binary logic - man/woman, heterosexual/homosexual, white/black - of our dominant culture. This...

‘I am an American'

‘I AM AN AMERICAN'

In January 1987, Ralph Ellison wrote to the editor of the New York Review of Books, Robert Silvers, about a book he had agreed to review....

 
 
 

HURLING THE INKWELL

In 1947, the Washington Post heralded “Another Renaissance... in the Negro Arts”. A decade after the collapse of the Harlem Renaissance,...

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

We wear the masks. We've been wearing them for months. My two boys, brown- skinned, even wear them in the house. They pretend to be...

 
 
 

TO REDUCE THE HARM

The Black American experience of policing is a long, gloomy round of killings, protests, reform initiatives and more killing. The vision...

IN EVERY DREAM HOME

On holiday with Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore in September 1931, Ben Nicholson wrote to his wife Winifred that he found them “alive...

 
 
 

THE TLS, REWIND 2

Throughout August, we are revisiting books roundups from previous years, to give you a chance once again to hear recommendations from...

DRIVING WITHOUT DUE CARE

“Anyway, his death was as dramatic as his life, and he can't have known much about it at that speed.” Richard Seaman wrote this in...

 
 
 

BEHIND THE LINES

Harry Rée was a typically unorthodox recruit for the Special Operations Executive , a wartime British secret service that often preferred...

GREED AND UNBRIDLED SEXUALITY

The name “T. S. Kord” is the alter ego assumed by Susanne Kord when she takes time off from her day job as a professor of German and...

 
 
 

NIGHT WAVES

On May 2, 1945, the day Soviet soldiers planted their flag on the Reichstag, just outside Berlin two of their comrades questioned a...

CHANGING FAITH

Writing under the name of “Hans Alienus”, but periodically known as Hugo, Hamid or Israel Marcus, Hugo Marcus was the epitome of twentieth-century...

 
 
 

A DEMI-MONDE, AMEN

A woman working in a chicken-processing plant contemplates a nose job. A seventy-year-old woman has a fling with a man less than half...

DOWN THE HILL NOW

Both hands to ease the door handle, stop at the children's door to unravel two sets of breathing, dither about whether to take the...

 
 
 
Coronavirus and school exams: has the pain been in vain?

CORONAVIRUS AND SCHOOL EXAMS: HAS THE PAIN BEEN IN VAIN?

The whole of the UK seems to be in a mess about school exams, and the reporting of the issues, in our papers at least, seems extraordinarily...

SUBVERSIVE SEXUALITY AT WORK

A model is praised or often rejected for their “look”. That “look” - whatever their specific configuration of features, hair style,...

 
 
 

NOSTALGIA'S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE

There is something oddly comforting about listening to the Kinks during a global pandemic. Everything you might need while in isolation...

STRANGE TIMES

Dave Brubeck, in his lifetime, was the litmus paper of jazz, and most listeners turned red at the sight of him - either from rage at...

 
 
 

CARET

For Alan Jenkins The reverse ‘v' - picture if you will the volcanic magma substrate funnelling up from below - sometimes rendered as...

UNDER THE WILD SKY

The English have a long-standing tradition of sticking it to the Welsh. Casting around for the butt of a joke, the Englishman stumbles,...

 
 
 



Accusation emerges that Arsenal are signing Willian for wrong reasons

Accusation emerges that Arsenal are signing Willian for wrong reasons

Brazilian forward Willian is expected to be announced as an Arsenal player this week after he confirmed he is leaving Chelsea after seven years at Stamford Bridge Read more ...

Trent's best bits from 19/20 as Scouser named PL Young Player of the Season

Trent's best bits from 19/20 as Scouser named PL Young Player of the Season

Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been named the Premier League's Young Player of the Season, which should come as no surprise. The defender totted up 13 assists... Read more ...

Prince Charles pays visit to Stonehaven train crash site as probe confirms cause

Prince Charles pays visit to Stonehaven train crash site as probe confirms cause

The cause of the ScotRail service that crashed killing three people and injured six more has been confirmed, after Prince Charles paid a solemn tribute at the Stonehaven... Read more ...

UFC 252 fight card - full list of confirmed fights including Miocic v Cormier 3

UFC 252 fight card - full list of confirmed fights including Miocic v Cormier 3

The Stipe Miocic v Daniel Cormier trilogy ends here at UFC 252 with both fights primed for a final meeting with one another after two previous epic bouts. Miocic lost the UFC... Read more ...

Epic Games highlights how Google blocked Fortnite deals with OnePlus and LG

Epic Games highlights how Google blocked Fortnite deals with OnePlus and LG

After Epic added an in-app purchasing option that bypassed Google and Apple's own payment systems, Fortnite was removed from the respective stores. It was a planned move... Read more ...

Coronation Street spoilers: Sally Metcalfe leaves fans baffled with bizarre...

Coronation Street spoilers: Sally Metcalfe leaves fans baffled with bizarre outfit choice

CORONATION STREET fans have been left scratching their heads over the last few weeks as Sally Metcalfe took on an accessory that she can't seem to get rid of. Fans have now... Read more ...

Love Island's Maura Higgins and Chris 'simulate sex act' as romance hope hots up

Love Island's Maura Higgins and Chris 'simulate sex act' as romance hope hots up

Love Island's Maura Higgins and Chris Taylor toyed with their fans as they seemed to simulate a sex act amid followers' hopes they will get together romantically Read more ...

Sarina Wiegman named next head coach of England Women to replace Phil Neville

Sarina Wiegman named next head coach of England Women to replace Phil Neville

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Toddler dies after falling from ninth-floor window at a block of flats in...

Toddler dies after falling from ninth-floor window at a block of flats in east London

The toddler, thought to be aged two, fell around 4pm yesterday in Shoreditch, London, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Full circumstances surrounding the death are not yet... Read more ...

Sarina Wiegman to succeed Phil Neville as England women's manager

Sarina Wiegman to succeed Phil Neville as England women's manager

Sarina Wiegman will become new manager of the England women's team when she succeeds Phil Neville in September next year - after her contract with the Netherlands expires Read more ...