Arts & Books
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
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?
John Kay on why modern advertisements contain no information
Herb Greer on a fine production of a flawed musical which proves that literature and theatre are very different things.
Paul Barker pays tribute to Colin Ward, Britain's favourite anarchist
Anthony Dworkin applauds the ambition of Francis Fukuyama's three synoptic books on the end of history, social capital and human nature, but finds them all wanting
An 18th century French playwright who has more to say than it seems.
Martin Walker is caught in the middle of an extraordinary political feud between two of his closest friends, Christopher Hitchens and Sidney Blumenthal
Lawrence Freedman defends the BBC's Cold War series against charges from American conservatives of "moral equivalence" between the two superpowers.
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