Arts & Books
Do memes have the same explanatory power in the social world that genes have in the physical world?
Ian Hamilton has published just sixty poems in sixty years, but literary London has produced a surprisingly compelling Festschrift in his honour.
Too many opera directors display contempt for audiences and composers in their eccentric adaptations. We need more powerful intendants
Ernest Gellner was a brilliant polemicist, but his partisan history of ideas is a crude caricature of modern European thought.
An awesomely erudite book about cities, including his home-town of Memphis, Tennessee
Some of our cells are immortal and some die with us. Tom Wilkie reports on how understanding the difference may help us slow down ageing
Sarah Caudwell talks to Sheila Mitchell about the different theatre cultures in Britain and France
Writers used to be condescending about travelling salesmen, but they have long since joined the club.
Richard Layard recommends the most illuminating of recent books on the wired society but draws more pessimistic conclusions than the author
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