The comedian and writer Helen Lederer joins us to discuss gender and comedy and the new Comedy Women In Print Prize; Lucy Dallas considers a clutch of novels in which animals might offer a little respite from human company; the TLS’s philosophy editor Tim Cranes guides us through the riches of this week’s philosophy issue, including how the advent of biological immortality might augur “the greatest inequality experienced in all human history” and what happened when Michel Foucault took LSD in Death Valley
To Leave with the Reindeer by Olivia Rosenthal, translated by Sophie Lewis
Animalia by Jean-Baptiste del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne
The Animal Gazer by Edgardo Franzosini, translated by Michael F. Moore
“The last mortals: why we are especially unfortunate to die, when our near-descendants could be immortal", by Regini Rini – see this week’s TLS (in print and online)
Foucault in California: A true story, wherein the great French philosopher drops acid in the Valley of Death by Simeon Wade
Our problem with cows
The best books of 2018
Is it accurate to call Donald Trump a fascist?
WW1: Remembering / forgetting
BONUS: Must read – must buy?
1844, remember the date...
Ever-enigmatic Leonardo da Vinci
An Odyssey for everyone
Radical Cheltenham and a poem from Paul Muldoon
Diarmaid MacCulloch on Thomas Cromwell
Mexico's great disgrace
Henry James in LA
On booze and art
Philip Larkin, beyond the grave
Too smart for our own good
Same old gags
Turn on, tune in, drop out?
Mind and memory
Emily Brontë's wuthering wilds
Hot and Bothered
Myths and Legends
The Book Review
Scary Stories Told in the Dark: A Horror Anthology Series