Some Things Never Change (like Rent Control)
NOVEMBER 20, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
For 70 years, The Freeman has been trying to tell the world about the pernicious effects of rent control. Intermittently, fiction writers have joined in. Will this policy always keep cities trapped in stasis?
A capitalist thread runs through the history of temptation
NOVEMBER 06, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
It shines in candlelight. It whispers seductively. It makes the gowns for queens and princesses, the scarf at the throat of the aviator, the lingerie that suggests and arouses before it is even worn.
Reflections on disease in the time of Ebola
OCTOBER 23, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Can historical memory help us confront the plagues of the 21st century?
Wheeling, dealing and saving in the 17th century
OCTOBER 09, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Samuel Pepys's diary (1660–1669) allows readers to track his substantial increase in wealth over the course of a decade.
From risky surgery to lithotripsy
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A 17th-century sufferer of "bladder stones" reminds us how far we've come in medical innovations that ease our pain and make us better.
A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction
SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.
The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable
AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.
AUGUST 14, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.
JULY 31, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE
The English country house has long inspired fascination; for early poets, though, it inspired its fair share of unease.