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

In a charming Sicilian museum you can test the theories of antiquity’s greatest mathematician

Ella Hickson’s new play is a clever—and technically inventive—portrayal of East Germany in the 1960s

Today’s anonymous conductors could take a leaf out of André Previn’s crowd-pleasing book

Post-doctoral studies may be a waste of time in the future world of work

Skilled jobs such as carpentry and nursing will be at a premium in an automated world

Dining at the headquarters of International Bland

“‘My phobia is simple: I am constantly terrified that a crime is going to be committed and that I am going to be implicated in some way.” A new short story

“In the summer of 1980, in the grip of some Kerouac-ish fantasy, I opted to hitch-hike from Laredo to New York”

“If you start your account with such a humdinging narrative as the eruption of Vesuvius, then nothing is ever going to be as gripping again”