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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
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".
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
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above