Poverty means bad jobs, credit and housing. But even worse is the assumption you aren't trying hard enough, as Linda Tirado's angry memoir proves.
Napping cops have inspired an addition to the workplace lexicon, the term "cooping".
Kathryn Bigelow, director of Zero Dark Thirty, which some say endorses torture, defends her movie.
The 'Baywatch' and 'Knight Rider' star talks frankly about how he has come to terms with the semi-ironic fame he achieved in the past decade.
Nadine Gordimer speaks to Emma Brockes about the urge to write, what will happen when Mandela dies, and being a white African.
Marilynne Robinson, who has just won the Orange Prize, shuns big clichéd adventures and chooses to focus on the small, quiet dramas.
Photographs of Abu Ghraib abuses shocked the world. Seven were charged, but the face of the scandal will always be Lynndie England.
Naomi Campbell refers to Nelson Mandela, as is the custom among famous young women who have met him at least twice, as "granddad". Emma Brockes talks to Ms Campbell, currently in South Africa for the birthday of an old friend.
Emma Brockes delves into the dark side of legendary director, actor and writer Woody Allen.
Noam Chomsky (76) has been voted the world's top public intellectual by London-based Prospect magazine. But he has no interest in that. He believes that there is a misconception about what it means to be smart. It is not a question of wit, as with number five on the list (Christopher Hitchens) or poetic dash like number four (Vaclev Havel).