Arts & Books
Lawrence Freedman defends the BBC's Cold War series against charges from American conservatives of "moral equivalence" between the two superpowers.
Do memes have the same explanatory power in the social world that genes have in the physical world?
Ian Hamilton has published just sixty poems in sixty years, but literary London has produced a surprisingly compelling Festschrift in his honour.
The modernist dream of inventing a new aesthetic language which can only be understood in a utopian future, died with socialism.
Sarah Caudwell talks to Sheila Mitchell about the different theatre cultures in Britain and France
Some of our cells are immortal and some die with us. Tom Wilkie reports on how understanding the difference may help us slow down ageing
An awesomely erudite book about cities, including his home-town of Memphis, Tennessee
Too many opera directors display contempt for audiences and composers in their eccentric adaptations. We need more powerful intendants
Ernest Gellner was a brilliant polemicist, but his partisan history of ideas is a crude caricature of modern European thought.
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