Arts & Books
As Israel prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Glenda Abramson considers how its literature has evolved from nation-building social realism to something more post-modern
Iris Murdoch has been a unique presence in British intellectual and literary life. Lesley Chamberlain says she has tried to teach us good and beautiful things, but fears that her legacy will be slight
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,...
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
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