Arts & Books
Ted Hughes's angry poems tell us almost nothing original about Sylvia Plath. But they do reflect his own self-image as calm, antique England to Plath's excitable American innocence
Zbigniew Brzezinski belongs to that realist school of geopoliticians whose advice is best ignored. His hard-headed approach to American hegemony masks an irrational hatred and fear of Russia
How can we explain the ubiquity of alien abduction claims and other paranormal phenomena? AC Grayling is a philosopher who believes that science can explain both the stories and why some people need...
Natasha Walter's book on the new feminism has been reviewed mainly by young women-not always kindly. Nicolas Walter is a man from an older generation and the author's father
To the right, he is an apostate; to the left, a sinner who repented. Anthony Dworkin argues that John Gray's intellectual journey is more complex: he is a progressive who does not believe in progress
In the last issue of Prospect, Frederic Raphael declared that anybody recommending The Reader must have a tin ear for fiction and a blind eye for evil. AS Byatt was incensed-The Reader, she argues,...
Gordon Brown has made it up with the IFS and needs help on reforming savings
The end of the Soviet Union has released a flood of new histories of Russia and communism. Edward Skidelsky recommends two-one describes the tragedy of an idea, the other of a people
The international financial markets are suffering another wobble. Ruth Kelly asks whether we should consider a "Tobin" tax on foreign currency speculation - or does George Soros have a better idea?