Alfred Kinsey

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US consul general in Shanghai James Heller plays table tennis during a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of ‘Ping-pong diplomacy’,  in Shanghai on April 10th. Photograph: Hector Retamal/AFP

There are hot wars that have been less exhaustively dramatised than the cold one. Thirty years after the USSR fell, I walk into one of the District of(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: The person on £20,000 has a strong claim on his marginal pound; the person who dreams of earning that much has a stronger one. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Reuters

If only the left understood class as Alfred Kinsey understood sex. The American scientist posited a spectrum where others assumed binary states of gay(...)

Ciarán Clark: ‘We all had the idea to make it into a proper library.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Capel Street in Dublin has a habit of throwing up surprises, and a new project there is attempting to revitalise a literary resource that had falle(...)

Actors Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen, who play Virginia Johnson and William Masters in ‘Masters Of Sex’. Photograph: Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Is sex more important than music, war, sports and vampires? Is sex more important than Nixon?Michael Sheen thinks so.The nimble Welsh actor has played(...)