Books

Fans of Clive James cherished his poetry as much as his other accomplishments. This is an excerpt from Ian Shircore’s new biography, “So Brightly at the Last”, the first full-length study of the man and his muse

Radiant description, linguistic precision and super-saturated dreamscapes in new collections by Matthew Francis and Stephen Sexton

‘It was only at the beginning of the 20th century that anthropology developed from a hotchpotch of uncoordinated, pseudo-scientific speculations into a set of separate but interlinked disciplines’

Irving Berlin’s life was packed with incident

US foreign policy has its flaws. But it is less odd than it looks

Leonard Woolf had a logical mind, a lucid style, a rare honesty and a keen eye for cant. He was, after John Maynard Keynes, the most worldly, capable and impressive member of the Bloomsbury Group

Are human rights dependent on “human dignity”—and what does “human dignity” even mean?

It really does not matter what structures are in place to coordinate, direct, and execute strategic military aims; what matters is clarity of responsibility