Arts & Books
Richard J Evans's book is not so much a defence of history as of one school (left, populist, socially conscious) against another (conservative, elitist, high political)
The best work of Christa Wolf evokes a lost world of betrayed idealism. Anne McElvoy defends the East German writer against crude post-unification attacks but finds she has not yet connected with the...
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
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...
Modern art in Britain used to be rather provincial. Not any more. Norman Rosenthal, who recalls visiting the Freeze exhibition a decade ago with Damien Hirst, says London is now a contender
Samuel Brittan objects to a piece of high-minded special pleading for an ever rising BBC licence fee for an ever shrinking BBC. Quality programmes need a better defence
Portugal is the theme of this year's Frankfurt book fair but it has produced few writers of significance. C A R Hills explains how the work of Fernando Pessoa has sparked a Portuguese renaissance
Richard Fortey has written an elegant and informative biography of life on earth. But his preference for the rock over the intriguing idea lets him down
Is China a "rogue" country aggressively seeking hegemony in Asia, or a weakened one-party state desperately trying to control rapid social change? We may not know until it is too late