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The late Susan Sontag practised cultural forms promiscuously. The one which made her great was the essay, and the theme she made her own was pain
Jared Diamond offers hindsight on past environmental disaster, but he may underestimate the extent to which technology can save us from our own folly
John Grierson saw documentary as a lesson; Humphrey Jennings's wartime films showed that it could be an art. It is Jennings we should remember
The physical and visual adventures of Theatre de Complicite helped release the British stage from its text addiction. So why is the company now reviving old experiments?
Howard Goodall's Channel 4 series on 20th-century music was a triumph of intelligent television. It worked because it was driven by a powerful polemic
Real disasters make some films unwatchable, particularly the old 1970s Towering Inferno type. But other kinds can reach into the heart of human catastrophe
The Wigmore Hall has changed under its new artistic director, Paul Kildea, and not necessarily for the better. An opportunity for the Queen Elizabeth Hall?
The Culture Show's worthless nibbles at "accessible" arts at least produce one big message: the BBC needs to go right back to the basics of arts coverage
Does Hollywood reflect social change or initiate it? A depiction of Alexander the Great's bisexuality seems to have left middle America unfuming
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