Arts & Books
The dramatic conventions of popular culture now pervade public and private life in the US. Is that a problem? If so, what should be done about it?
The Star Wars phenomenon has been one of the few Hollywood bright spots of the past 20 years-well-made, uncynical films in which the good guys win
An 18th century French playwright who has more to say than it seems.
Lawrence Freedman defends the BBC's Cold War series against charges from American conservatives of "moral equivalence" between the two superpowers.
Martin Walker is caught in the middle of an extraordinary political feud between two of his closest friends, Christopher Hitchens and Sidney Blumenthal
How CAR Hills came to discover that there is no one way in music.
The modernist dream of inventing a new aesthetic language which can only be understood in a utopian future, died with socialism.
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.