Arts & Books
To his surprise Simon Frith finds he agrees with most of Roger Scruton's assertions about musical meaning and value. But why does Scruton hate popular music?
Private sector commercial musicals, such as Chicago, thrive while public sector opera is in crisis. But the latter has a lot in common with the former
Despite its current problems Japan still wields huge economic power. But the country should reject an appeal to use that clout to rebuild the international order. It ain't broke...
Ballet used to be popular with both elite and mass audiences. The Royal Ballet was a centre of world ballet and its profits subsidised the Royal Opera. Now nobody cares
Ten years after its US publication Tom Wolfe's novel is worth another look. But its bleak vision of mid-1980s New York has fortunately not proved prophetic
Japanese spirituality and how the French left misunderstands the 1930s
It was the equivalent of the family Bible in many secular British households-but does Whitaker's Almanack still have its traditional authority? Nicolas Walter studies the 130th edition
Blake Morrison's reflection on the murder of toddler James Bulger by two ten year olds is now out in paperback. Peter Wayne reports from prison on some of its themes: television's influence on crime,...
David Marquand attributes a succession of Britain's economic and social problems to its archaic state. The link between his politics and economics is not clear and that both have been overtaken by...
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