Arts & Books
The 27th edition of Social Trends is published at the end of January. Paul Barker, a compulsive browser since the first edition in 1970, celebrates the big trends and the small print
When Christopher Tookey suggested in the Daily Mail that the film "Crash" should be banned, he became a hate figure of the liberal establishment
Is the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations as good as it claims? Nicolas Walter says that its revised fourth edition is still unable to distinguish between the essential, the pointless and the dubious
Recent Christmas films have been exercises in seasonal cynicism. Christopher Tookey says he would happily swap this year's two releases for Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life"
Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre is about to join the big time. Herb Greer looks back on 40 years of achievement and welcomes the company's latest production
Are leftists crazy or are they charlatans? After wading through 769 pages of Mikhail Gorbachev's humourless memoirs, PJ O'Rourke thinks he has the answer
Bogus anecdotes and trite observations are the staple of management books. Howard Davies, deputy governor of the Bank of England, finds "The Witch Doctors" no exception. In fact, it is exquisitely...
George Steiner is probably the most eminent literary critic writing in English. James Wood, a young pretender to his throne, launches a blistering attack on the critic's work
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