Arts & Books
Paul McCarthy's horror art has influenced a younger generation, through its embrace of perversity, its use of different media, and its obviousness
Youssef Chahine made the first great African film. He deals fearlessly with Arab themes. The Anglo-Saxon film world knows nothing about him. Why not?
Iván Fischer's Budapest Festival Orchestra prove that Bartók was the 20th century's greatest. And why is Radio 4 encouraging us to fast-forward Beethoven's 9th?
Never tell a television critic to cheer up. If you must have the best of 2005, here are some highlights. Just don't expect them all to be good
Google is worth billions because it delivers readers to advertisers better than any other media outlet—despite not always being the best search engine
Thabo Mbeki is a moderate politician but he has become defined by extreme positions on Zimbabwe, Aids and internal party dissent
The new wave of kids' cinema is remarkable but limited. Children of the future should be donated films of the past so that they know what's really out there
Jonathan Monk's ICA show is the best of a type of work that is not meant to last. If the art world still liked isms, this idea would be called ephemeralism
The BBC's Bleak House and Rome have drawn huge audiences. But, like most attempts to put the classics on television, they don't work. Television is best at the new