Arts & Books
It was the equivalent of the family Bible in many secular British households-but does Whitaker's Almanack still have its traditional authority? Nicolas Walter studies the 130th edition
Japanese spirituality and how the French left misunderstands the 1930s
The movie business's disdain for writers is an ancient part of the Hollywood story. But former agent for Pat Barker, there are good reasons why writers have no rights
Two years after political activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by Nigeria's military regime, Adewale Maja-Pearce remembers Fela Kuti, creator of Afrobeat and fellow rebel
For most of the 20th century the Tory party has chosen the wrong leader, but has nevertheless won elections. Labour, until recently, has done the reverse
Two ill-informed books about globalisation have won acclaim by appealing to the prejudices of their respective audiences: continental Europe's political class and the US left. The facts suggest a...
David Marquand attributes a succession of Britain's economic and social problems to its archaic state. The link between his politics and economics is not clear and that both have been overtaken by...
Books on the brain and consciousness pour off the presses-from Daniel Dennett, John Searle, Susan Greenfield and others. Andrew Brown surveys the recent literature and asks why our knowledge remains...
While other critics are enchanted with Stoppard's new play (see page 71), Herb Greer thinks it is tedious and untheatrical, "enjoyed" by intimidated punters straining to be in on something