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How 'woke' became the word of our era

An alertness to racial injustice, a weaponised word in the culture wars, a reflection of our times ... Kenya Hunt explores how the world woke upAs I write this, I’m staring at a fashion magazine with the coverline “Woke bespoke”. Next to it, a newspaper supplement features a dating diary of the search for “Mr Woke”. On my desktop is a guide to a “woke Christmas”, and in the adjacent tab is an internet rant in response to said guide demanding people and publishers leave all writing about wokeness...
Tags: Books, Music, Film, Race, Society, Culture, Harry, Black Lives Matter Movement, Meghan, Society books, Kenya Hunt


Thirty books to help us understand the world in 2020

The climate crisis, gender, populism, big tech, pandemics, race… our experts recommend titles to illuminate the issues of the dayA distinguished climatologist and geophysicist, Michael Mann is director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications tagias well as four books, including 2012’s The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars and his forthcoming The New Climate War: The Fight to Take Back Our Planet,...
Tags: Books, Culture, Essays, Michael Mann, Pennsylvania State University, Earth System Science Center, History books, Science and nature books, Society books, Public Affairs Books Continue


Why a generation is choosing to be child-free

The biggest contribution anyone can make to the climate crisis is not to have children. So why do we still treat parenthood as the default?When I think that it won’t hurt too much, I imagine the children I will not have. Would they be more like me or my partner? Would they have inherited my thatch of hair, our terrible eyesight? Mostly, a child is so abstract to me, living with high rent, student debt, no property and no room, that the absence barely registers. But sometimes I suddenly want a da...
Tags: Books, Children, Fiction, Society, Culture, United States, Australia Africa, Society books


The real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months

When a group of schoolboys were marooned on an island in 1965, it turned out very differently from William Golding’s bestseller, writes Rutger BregmanInterview: ‘Our secret superpower is our ability to cooperate’For centuries western culture has been permeated by the idea that humans are selfish creatures. That cynical image of humanity has been proclaimed in films and novels, history books and scientific research. But in the last 20 years, something extraordinary has happened. Scientists from a...
Tags: Books, Culture, William Golding, Pacific, History books, Society books, Rutger BregmanInterview


Rutger Bregman: 'Our secret superpower is our ability to cooperate'

The historian offers a hopeful view of human nature in his latest book, Humankind. It couldn’t have come at a better timeThe real Lord of the Flies: what happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months For most authors, now is the very worst time to bring out a book. The shops are closed; the festival circuit has migrated to Zoom; there’s a plague to compete with. But for Rutger Bregman, this might just be the perfect moment to publish Humankind, a sweeping survey of human existence which ...
Tags: Books, Society, Culture, William Golding, Humankind, Rutger Bregman, Philosophy books, Society books


Hood Feminism and Feminism Interrupted review – non-white women take back power

Mikki Kendall and Lola Olufemi have each written a book that explores how the urgent needs of women of colour are often buried by mainstream feminism“I am a strong person; I am a flawed person. What I am not is superhuman. Nor am I a Strong Black WomanTM.” With this sentence, from the introduction to Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall lays down the gauntlet. There will be no reverence here, no tiptoeing around mainstream feminism’s dreams, no grateful acceptance of a black space that is in the gift of...
Tags: Books, Beyonce, Culture, Mikki Kendall, Politics books, Society books, Hood Feminism and Feminism Interrupted, Lola Olufemi, Serena Williams Continue


Our new normal: why so many of us feel unprepared for lockdown life

In his former job as a war correspondent, novelist James Meek witnessed the thin line between everyday life and chaos - but no experience prepared him for our current emergencyBefore the lockdown, I went to see a friend who lives a few miles away in south London. I cycled from Nunhead to her home in Blackheath. On the way I passed a tense crowd of people being forced to wait to get into the Iceland store in New Cross. I reached my friend’s block of flats, climbed the stairs to her front door and...
Tags: Books, London, Culture, Iceland, New Cross, James Meek, Nunhead, Science and nature books, Society books, Coronavirus outbreak


Feeling overwhelmed? How art can help in an emergency by Olivia Laing

Novels, films and paintings offer more than escapism – they provide hope, which is a vital precursor to changeLong before the arrival of Covid-19, the speed and contents of the news had made me feel almost overwhelmed with fear. Faced with a flood of images that includes migrant children in cages, melting glaciers and forest fires, it has felt impossible to process information, let alone assess the best way to react.We’ve entered an era characterised by the twin forces of speed and instability, ...
Tags: Books, Culture, Charles Dickens, Margaret Atwood, Aids and HIV, Derek Jarman, Brexit, Olivia Laing, Science fiction books, Society books


Rachel Louise Snyder: ‘Domestic abuse is as common as rain'

Rachel Louise Snyder talks about the personal history behind her award-winning book, No Visible Bruises, which charts the shocking rise of familial violence against women in the USIn 2002, Dorothy Giunta-Cotter was shot and killed in her own home in Massachusetts by her husband and relentless abuser of 20 years, William Cotter. He then turned the gun on himself. Dorothy, 35, had fled from him with their two daughters a few days earlier because Cotter had begun to hurt their 11-year-old, but she ...
Tags: Books, UK, England, Wales, Massachusetts, US, Society, Domestic Violence, Culture, Dorothy, World Health Organization WHO, Snyder, Cotter, Rachel Louise Snyder, Society books, Dorothy Giunta Cotter


‘Virginity is an obsession in Morocco’: an extract from Leïla Slimani’s Sex and Lies

The author reflects on the challenges faced by young women in the country of her birth, where extramarital sex is a criminal offence• Interview with Leïla Slimani: ‘This book is a mirror to make the elite look reality in the face’I left Morocco more than 15 years ago. With the years and the distance, I have surely forgotten quite how difficult it is to live without the freedoms that have become so natural to me. In France it can be a struggle to imagine the disorientation that comes with a young...
Tags: Books, France, Africa, Women, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Feminism, Morocco, Autobiography and memoir, Leïla Slimani, Society books


Raising the bar: Hashi Mohamed’s journey from child refugee to top lawyer

He defied a life of poverty and hardship to reach Oxford and become a barrister. Now Hashi Mohamed has written a book which aims to rethink the stalled project of social mobility• Read an extract from Hashi Mohamed’s People Like UsHashi Mohamed is a 36-year-old barrister. He has the accent, a mentor once told of him, of someone who’s “been to Eton” and the confidence of a natural orator. If you had to place him within the complex matrix of the British class system, you’d probably say he was the ...
Tags: Books, England, Society, Culture, Social exclusion, Oxford, Kenya, Social Mobility, Inequality, Eton, Nairobi, Mohamed, Society books, Hashi Mohamed, UsHashi Mohamed


War doctor David Nott: ‘The adrenaline was overpowering’

As his book detailing his time volunteering in Sarajevo, Gaza, Syria and beyond is published, the NHS surgeon talks about what it takes to work in a war zone• Read an extract from David Nott’s book War DoctorWhat first inspired you to become a war doctor?Two things. The first was Roland Joffé’s film The Killing Fields, which had a huge impact on me when I saw it as a trainee surgeon. There is a scene in a hospital in Phnom Penh, overrun with patients, where a surgeon has to deal with a shrapnel ...
Tags: Health, Books, Society, World news, Syria, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, NHS, Gaza, Doctors, Autobiography and memoir, Phnom Penh, Sarajevo, Roland Joffe, David Nott


Want to transform your life? Stop chasing perfection

Give up the rat race, accept reality and have the courage to be disliked – the latest self-help trend is not about self-reinvention but finding contentment in the life you haveBy tradition, this is the season for personal reinvention, but these days it’s hard not to feel cynical about the idea of a triumphant liberation from the past. In the news, Brexit provides an hourly reminder that merely wishing to bring about a glorious fresh start is no guarantee that calamity won’t be the result. Meanwh...
Tags: Health, Books, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Robert Plomin, Society books


A Massacre in Mexico by Anabel Hernández review – the truth on the ‘disappeared’?

A Mexican journalist’s dogged investigation into the fate of 43 missing students is horrifying and braveAnabel Hernández’s book (first published in Spanish in 2016) rates as one of the most difficult I have encountered in a very long time. Difficult at every level: to believe, to take in the implications, to process the appalling violence and, sadly, in parts, simply to read.On the surface, it is basically an investigation into another Mexican atrocity. But this is as important a book about the ...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Iguala, Americas, World news, Colombia, Culture, Enrique Peña Nieto, Hernandez, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Anabel Hernandez, Society books


Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom

Governments and corporations will soon know you better than you know yourself. Belief in the idea of ‘free will’ has become dangerousShould scholars serve the truth, even at the cost of social harmony? Should you expose a fiction even if that fiction sustains the social order? In writing my latest book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, I had to struggle with this dilemma with regard to liberalism.On the one hand, I believe that the liberal story is flawed, that it does not tell the truth about h...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Books, Business, Technology, Internet, Society, Cybercrime, Culture, Hacking, Philosophy, Espionage, Cyberwar, Yuval Noah Harari, Artificial intelligence (AI, Philosophy books


21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari – digested read

‘Some people think robots will make humans redundant, and we should prepare by lying on sun loungers. I don’t know’The world can be a very scary place. When I wrote Sapiens and Homo Deus I had no idea they would both become worldwide bestsellers. So I was totally unprepared when my publishers immediately demanded a follow-up. For a few hours I was in a state of panic, before inspiration came to me. If my previous books had dealt with the past and the future, why didn’t I just recycle a whole loa...
Tags: Books, Business, Technology, Religion, Economics, Society, World news, Culture, Ethics, Robots, Identity politics, Essays, Social trends, Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus


New Dark Age by James Bridle review – technology and the end of the future

The consequences of the technological revolution may be even more frightening than we thoughtI suspect your enjoyment – or otherwise – of James Bridle’s New Dark Age will depend very much on whether you’re a glass half-empty, or a glass exactly-filled-to-the-halfway-mark-by-microprocessor-controlled-automatic-pumping-systems sort of a person. I like to think that while I may have misgivings about much of what the current technological revolution is visiting on us, I yet manage to resist that dre...
Tags: Books, Technology, Culture, Computing, Consciousness, Artificial intelligence (AI, James Bridle, Science and nature books, Society books