David Herman

Overrated: Eric Hobsbawm

The Marxist historian, born a century ago, didn’t just turn a blind eye to the crimes of Communism but to much else besides

Last Of The Great Elitists

A book of conversations with George Steiner, newly available in translation, is a good introduction to the great cultural critic's preoccupations

To Understand Trump, Read Huxley — Not Orwell

The 45th President is no Big Brother. Brave New World predicted the world today more accurately than Nineteen Eighty-Four

Voices Of Restraint On The Post-War Stage

John Osborne’s angry young men have dated. Rattigan, Coward, Pinter and Stoppard haven’t

Arnold Wesker’s Bid To Build A New Jerusalem

What is the lasting legacy of the last of the Angry Young Men?

In Today’s Turbulent World We Need Berlin’s Children

Isaiah Berlin’s intellectual heirs are vital voices in an era that challenges liberal assumptions

Ben Uri At 100

The centenary exhibition of "the art museum for everyone".

Russian Renaissance

Fresh translations of lesser-known Russian literature are opening up new horizons

The Rise and Fall of the Abstract Art Boom

Abstraction was long seen as the future. But figurative painting has refused to die and the art world is rewriting its own story

Jonathan Miller: One Man, Two Cultures

As he turns 80 this summer, this remarkable polymath deserves to be fêted as a populariser of science and pioneer in the arts

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"