Howard Jacobson on the end of mooching as a way of life. "Rooting around, doing nothing in particular, walking but not knowing where I was walking to....I can only regret the happy mooching hours of earlier times", writes Howard. He ponders whether our present age of mass anger and disgruntlement is partly a result of our expectations of instant gratification. "We sit, like so many privileged Aladdins, rubbing our smart lamps in full confidence that the cyber genie will appear in ripped trousers and give us all we ask for". Producer: Adele Armstrong
society & culture,
news & politics,
Howard Jacobson reflects on maleness in the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh story.
Val McDermid on why mass tourism is destroying the very thing we crave when we travel.
Val McDermid on Sadiq Khan's plans to tackle knife crime.
Val McDermid argues that crime fiction is not really about murder at all.
Adam Gopnik examines the issues raised by the row between Serena Williams and an umpire.
Adam Gopnik on why the prefixes we use speak volumes.
Will Self tells the story of what happened to a friend in a psychiatric hospital.
Tom Shakespeare is downsizing. But what to do with his books?
Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.
Michael Morpurgo discusses the importance of never taking peace for granted.
Michael Morpurgo argues it's time to think again over Brexit.
Michael Morpurgo on a new initiative to help refugee children.
John Gray argues that staying in the European Union will not protect liberal values.
Sarah Dunant on her uneasy conundrum over inheritance tax.
Adam Gopnik sets out to determine the difference between cliche and universal truth.
Will Self on why we should stop 'looking down on the inferior inhabitants of the past'.
Will Self on consciousness, humanity and artificial intelligence.
Will Self on a new wave of anti-Semitism in Britain.
Sarah Dunant asks if robots can solve the crisis in care for the elderly.