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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The legacy of colonialism threatens the future of genetic research
From the journal I did not keep
From a test given to applicants for the position of emoji translator at Today Translations, a language company based in London. The job description, which was posted in December, asks…
Searching for the town I used to love
The illicit attraction of the lowly carp
By Jenny Diski, from her Twitter feed. Diski, a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, was the author of ten novels and eight works of non-fiction, including In Gratitude, a memoir about…
Photographs from the English Premier League
Samuel James photographs the English Premier League season; Leicester City nears the title
From Living on Paper, a collection of Iris Murdoch’s letters published next month by Princeton University Press and Chatto & Windus. Murdoch (1919–99) was the author of numerous novels, including The…
I found my first Ragged School, in an obscure place called West-Street, Saffron-Hill, pitifully struggling for life, under every disadvantage. If I say it is ten years ago, I leave…