Arts & Books
Once the most stylish bitch in the US media, Gore Vidal approaches his 80th birthday with his reputation in decline. And what of the novels?
The Conservative party has traditionally combined two great principles—personal freedom and public service. It now needs a new idea of community
Lack of facts about Shakespeare seems merely to encourage biographers. Peter Ackroyd wisely tackles him through a social history of Tudor and Stuart England
What many Muslims fail to understand about Salman Rushdie is that his disdain for closed culture is not aimed exclusively at Islam. It is universal
In the decade since 1995, cinema has changed technically, aesthetically and commercially. Hollywood is still on top, yet, globally, film is better than ever
It is the centre of art-world fashion. It is usually bad, boring and pretentious. So what is it that video art is trying to do that television can't do better?
What has happened over the last ten years in television? Well, British television can no longer claim to be the best in the world. And "Aunty" Beeb is dead
Michel Houellebecq's new novel is a further dig at French literature, human aspiration and himself. And a biography of the writer tries to explain his self-hatred
Caryl Phillips's new novel is about race in early 20th-century American music-halls. But the subject that has always interested him most is loneliness