Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?
The truth about tarot
Whether divining ancient wisdoms or elevating the art of cold reading, tarot is a form of therapy, much like psychoanalysis
It’s not easy being green
If rational persuasion fails to make people behave environmentally, could rituals and a dash of guilt do a better job?
Smoking with friends
Life can be a lonely journey. But at your local cigar bar, all the guys know your name – or give you a new one altogether
A fake of art
Museums display perfect reproductions of fragile works and visitors can’t tell the difference. Is nothing in art sacred?
‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’
Live-action role-play is venturing into some weighty social topics. Can make-believe really show us possible worlds?
Head to head
Michelangelo and Raphael; Leibniz and Newton; Constable and Turner. Does every creative genius need a bitter rival?