The Capote Tapes features taped interviews utilised by George Plimpton for his definitive 1997 biography of the author Truman Capote.

As a former White House deputy social secretary and senior adviser to Michelle Obama, Ebs Burnough has overseen hundreds of swanky shindigs, from stat(...)

Read widely and take in the bigger picture when adapting as a business during a crisis. Photograph: iStock

The timing of her latest book, Uncharted, by chief executive-turned-business-guru Margaret Heffernan couldn’t have been better. It’s all abo(...)

Dominic Cummings, special adviser to the British prime minister, Boris Johnson. Universally hailed as some kind of genius, Cummings is a candidate for some revisionist history

Every time they confront reality, Brexiteers lose. That’s why it’s important for them to remain in their parallel universe where facts, truth and cons(...)

Crowds on Wall Street on “Black Thursday”, October 24th, 1929

It’s 90 years today since “Black Thursday”, October 24th, 1929, the date commonly considered to have started the great Wall Street Crash. “Measured by(...)

We all like to think well of ourselves. Unfortunately, this need for a sunny self-image means we’re more likely to remember our good investments and f(...)

Germany’s president Joachim Gauck at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he warned that the refugee crisis presents the EU with its “biggest ever threat”. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Germany’s president Joachim Gauck has warned that the refugee crisis presents the European Union with its “biggest ever test” as he warned that limits(...)

German president Joachim Gauck at Davos. He said    refugee crisis presents the European Union’s with its “biggest ever threat” as he warned that limits would be introduced on refugees arriving in Germany.  Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

German president Joachim Gauck has warned that the refugee crisis presents the European Union’s with its “biggest ever test” as he warned that limits (...)

“The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable,” – John Kenneth Galbraith

As the late John Kenneth Galbraith remarked: “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.” But that does not mean(...)