Arts & Books
There is an alternative to privatising the BBC - turn it into the National Trust of the airwaves
He was the last literary lion of his generation and contrary to the accusations of snobbery he had a profoundly democratic literary instinct
Critics have misread "The Simpsons." It is pro-family, pro-small town life and loves to mock liberal pieties
No one should be compelled to join an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of multi-ethnic Britain
Tory diehards 100 years ago exhibited the same kind of passion against Home Rule as they did against Maastricht
Rebecca West had a savage pen and a stormy life. Frank Kermode, who judged the first Booker prize with her, finds her letters full of candour, sadness and snobbery
Philip Roth is one of the great writers of our time. At his best he mixes great rage with great craft, says Judith Flanders. So why has he written another disappointing novel?
Is there a conspiracy to prevent the public from learning how to look at paintings?
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