Civilisation

The year of viewing dangerously

Television in 2020 has been prescient, poignant and palliative

Minds of their own

Contagious curiosity about the way consciousness works

A lost paradise of purity

Terror and transcendence in the late masterpieces of Schubert

Testing positivism

"The Murder of Professor Schlick" brilliantly illuminates an ambitious movement in philosophy

Twin terrors

Laurence Rees tries his best to cut through much of the mythology that infuses our collective memory of Hitler and Stalin

Quality not quantity

Those who call Kubrick the greatest director in the history of cinema really do have a point

The great communicator

Barack Obama was a political superstar who overcame astronomical odds, but he was also the product of a ruthlessly professional operation

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens

Elizabethans transformed

There is little about our current dilemmas that our parents and grandparents have not already confronted and survived

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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