Arts & Books
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
Kate Kellaway is disappointed by a little book about conversation which suffers from runaway enthusiasm undone by preciousness
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
Literary criticism is seldom of use to the common reader. This collection from one of the best of the younger critics is an exception, but not without its flaws.
Opera should stop trying to make itself accessible and accept that it is an inherently difficult and elitist art form
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