Arts & Books
The French have revamped their permanent collection at the Pompidou Centre in imitation of a British, themed style. It alters the way we see the 20th century
Mahler strived for the Wagnerian ideal of the Gesamtkunstwerk—opera as a total work of art. The Kirov failed to attain this at Covent Garden
This summer, I have seen every single blockbuster so that you don't have to. What's the state of Hollywood? Great in the first act, terrible in the third
Elites in the Asian tiger countries run the state in the public interest. In most of Africa, elites run the state in their own interests. Matthew Lockwood has written the best Africa book this year
The Times Guide to the Commons used to be Britain's bible of psephology. But the new edition substitutes froth and chatter for tables and data
London's east end has thrown up many great storytellers. But is the tradition now dead?
Television coverage of world affairs has been reduced to a diet of dissociated disasters and human interest. Now here is a plea for more serious news-gathering
Trauma is natural to cinema. In fact, film narrative is structured like traumatic experience. It was cinema editing, after all, that gave us a term for intrusive memory
The Serpentine's Rirkrit Tiravanija show is the final proof that Duchamp's idea of the "readymade" is dead. Can't artists stop molesting ordinary objects?