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Life and the living
The mysticism and pragmatism of Victorian philosopher-psychologist William James
A harness for history
Thomas Piketty is haunted by the failures of social democracy, but his own ideas for fixing society are far from novel
Last lines: Clive James
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
Secrets and lies
Spookdom needs better scrutiny
The divisions of the human league
'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'
The mainstream Trump
US foreign policy has its flaws. But it is less odd than it looks
Musical gifts of a steppe son
Irving Berlin's life was packed with incident
A writer diminished
"Defenders of Leonard Woolf’s wife, Virginia, have turned her into a heroine, even a victim, and diminished his formidable achievements"
The art of doubletalk
What does it mean to be an active bilingual?
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