Arts & Books
Books of the year features can seem pretty pointless, ladling hype on books that have already been fulsomely praised. In order to elicit livelier responses, Prospect asked a range of contributors to...
Jonathan Littell's doorstopper novel is not merely a feat of linguistic audacity—it also raises profound questions about history, morality and luck
Individuals may not own countries any more, but land inequity is still a huge problem in both poor and rich nations. Is it time for a progressive land tax?
Thomas Pynchon's new novel is full of sharp jokes and gorgeous writing—but it is also incoherent and emotionally distancing. Is the journey worth it?
After some spectacular flops in 2006, the celebrity memoir has been declared dead. But the man who helped to create the genre reckons we shouldn't write it off yet
Powered by the insatiable demand of the global rich, China's contemporary art scene is booming. What a shame that so much of the work is no good
Publishing is a gloriously uncertain trade. Bestsellers cannot be manufactured, while low-key titles often achieve success through word of mouth
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra is badly cast with Renée Fleming. Plus, a young conductor shows how Brahms's 1st should be done
While enjoying American support and largesse, Pakistan's president has crushed domestic opposition and done little to combat religious extremism