Christopher Bray

Beat that

"Half a century since their break-up, the Fab Four grimly reaped to the tiresome two, the Beatles go on. Documentaries and dramas continue to be made, interviews are bigged-up, and last year, as so often, the Beatles made the top 10"

Musical gifts of a steppe son

Irving Berlin's life was packed with incident

What was she thinking?

"Though de Beauvoir and Sartre never tied the knot, their relationship, with its jealousies and enmities and silent rages, looks like the worst kind of marriage"

Tidying up the trivial

Jonathan Rée’s history of philosophy is way too long but worth sticking with for the connections it makes across whole networks of thought

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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