Elke Wiss advises us  as follows:  “Don’t agree or disagree.” Photograph: Elke Verbruggen

What good is philosophy to anyone? It can’t demonstrate progress in the way science can. It seems to relish ignorance – Socrates used to brag about hi(...)

Pillow Talk:  the developing romance between Doris Day and Rock Hudson’s characters is presented using split screen framings while they’re technically only talking on the phone.

An increased reliance on screens is one of the notable consequences of Covid-19 for the general population. Alongside social distancing and restrictio(...)

Hunters in the Snow (Winter), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1565), 162x170cms. Image courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

What is it? Hunters in the Snow is one of the most brilliant and evocative representations of winter in Western art. It was painted by Pieter Bruegel(...)

Last gasp David Pendleton in It Comes at Night

“Who the hell is Trey Edward Shults?” Cultural commentators thumbing through the film selections for Cannes in 2015 wondered how an unknown Texan youn(...)

Flout ye not the rules

A further reading from the Stylebook of Leviticus. Use ye not the word “alternate” when ye mean “alternative”. That is unclean. Start ye not a sente(...)

 Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights

Anaemic-looking nudes frolicking; orifices with foreign objects inserted; strange fantasy buildings; terrible tortures perpetrated amid the fires of (...)

A section of “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” painted in 1559 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which depicts a medieval festival celebrating the clash of seasons.  Photograph: Universal History Archive/Getty Images

A masterpiece by the Renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder depicting a medieval festival celebrating the clash of seasons has become the latest (...)

Lisbon: Park bar, on the roof of a car park. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira
Weekend in . . . Lisbon

Everything old is new again in the Portuguese capital. Throughout the hilly metropolis on the Tagus River, fading structures and spaces are being s(...)