Issue: December 2008

ONLINE ONLY: False Icons

Fidel & Che: A Revolutionary Friendship by Simon Reid-Henry

ONLINE ONLY: ID Cards to be Labour’s Final Fiasco?

After widespread protest, a Japanese High Court ruled that their similar scheme could not legally be enforced. Will people in the UK just roll over and allow the government to know all about them?

A Foreign Affair: David Bowie in Berlin

Haunted by Isherwood's shade, the British musician flirted with fascism, then became a hero to the youth of the communist East

Jeremy Black

Britain's most prolific historian remains generally ignored by the intelligentsia

Eric Hobsbawm

Our 'national teddy bear' of an historian has got it wrong more times than he would like mentioned

Serious Music for Serious Times

There is an extraordinary fit between Japanese musical tastes and German Lieder

Surprise Conquest

Two superb productions, The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic and Oedipus at the NT, explore the ties that bind ancient and modern drama

Keeping Us All in the Dark

The faultlines in the plot of Blindness, a new movie adaptation of a classic novel, make it somewhat absurd

Dickens of a Debacle

Little Dorrit's uncanny similarities to today's financial crisis makes it more suitable for adaptation than much of modern literature

From Baubles to Babel

The year the contemporary art juggernaut ground to a halt

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"