Arts & Books
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
For most of the 20th century the Tory party has chosen the wrong leader, but has nevertheless won elections. Labour, until recently, has done the reverse
Two years after political activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by Nigeria's military regime, Adewale Maja-Pearce remembers Fela Kuti, creator of Afrobeat and fellow rebel
The movie business's disdain for writers is an ancient part of the Hollywood story. But former agent for Pat Barker, there are good reasons why writers have no rights
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...
Two ill-informed books about globalisation have won acclaim by appealing to the prejudices of their respective audiences: continental Europe's political class and the US left. The facts suggest a...
Casting is-in part-a matter of appearance. Colour blind casting, says David Nathan, creates confusion and often ends up denying the existence of racism
Richard J Evans's book is not so much a defence of history as of one school (left, populist, socially conscious) against another (conservative, elitist, high political)
The best work of Christa Wolf evokes a lost world of betrayed idealism. Anne McElvoy defends the East German writer against crude post-unification attacks but finds she has not yet connected with the...
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