Civilisation

Music stirs our emotions more than anything we can see. But visual notation is alluring too

Classical music outfits must be open about their carbon footprints

How usury killed Christendom

Noel Malcolm tells the story of western intellectual fascination with the Ottoman empire from the fall of Constantinople in 1453

“Though de Beauvoir and Sartre never tied the knot, their relationship, with its jealousies and enmities and silent rages, looks like the worst kind of marriage”

An iconic American art form is in crisis thanks to new writers pushing politically-correct storylines

“Heidi Tworek’s shrewd, erudite and timely News from Germany is a work of historical analysis that can also be read as a corrective to the dangerous hysteria over the information games—fake news and all the rest—currently being played over the internet.”

“How could one of the most civilised societies on earth become the instrument of a mind of such malice? I confess that my heart sank at the thought of spending any more hours in the company of this personification of radical evil. Yet we cannot wholly avert our eyes”

Female artists are at last getting their fair share of exhibitions, but the market is failing to catch up