‘Happiness is a feeling that comes from being told that we’re doing okay’

When David Bowie died last year, we lost a figure who, perhaps more than anyone else, thrived on being self-conscious. For Bowie, identity was not a f(...)

Simon Critchley argues: “If life is a gift from God, then God must allow for the possibility of suicide as the rejection of that gift”

“This book is not a suicide note,” Simon Critchley writes in the first sentence of his short, profound study of self-killing. An academic philosopher (...)

The Closing of Mystical Anarchism by Clodagh Emoe. Photograph: Sean Breithaupt

Institutional critique has been a significant strand of contemporary art practice since the 1960s. There’s an element of biting the hand that feeds(...)

David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

For the proto-punks and New Romantics-in-waiting, David Bowie’s 1972 appearance on Top of the Pops, performing Starman in full Ziggy Stardust regalia,(...)