Arts & Books
Robert Kaplan's 1994 predictions of coming anarchy were based on spurious statistics and powerful metaphors. Alex de Waal welcomes a mellowing of his views
The modern cult of the victim was foreshadowed by American playwrights in the 1940s. Blanche DuBois is the classic victim heroine and is almost beyond Jessica Lange
Deborah Kellaway enjoys a book about how class difference has found new expression in the gardens of Britain. The book has one drawback: it puts you right off gardening
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