Empty seats at the Alpine Cinema in New York in February. Photograph: Devin Oktar Yalkin/The New York Times

People are talking about the Oscars this year. Namely, how they won’t be watching. A lot of people don’t even realise the show, once an edge-of-your-s(...)

Demonising scientists who have evidence-based criticisms of the “scientific consensus” in the field of climate change is an insult to the subject and promotes scientism. Photograph: Reuters

Throughout most of my life science sat very low on the totem pole of public awareness. Most public attention was directed towards the humanities – lit(...)

A great movie of The Great Gatsby, argues critic Leon Wieseltier, would “show a dissenting streak of austerity”. He thinks it’s time for a black Gatsby, noting that rapper Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, who produced the film’s soundtrack, might be an inspirational starting point. Photograph:  Reuters/Andrew Kelly

When I started out in journalism I spent five long years as a reporter in Montgomery County, Maryland, a cosseted suburb of Washington. I(...)