Issue: December 2009

How to be One of the Twitterati

Frances Weaver introduces a new monthly column about the internet

Holier than Thou

A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years by Diarmaid MacCulloch and A New History of Early Christianity by Charles Freeman

Worsted by Wikipedia

The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations edited by Elizabeth Knowles and the Oxford Companion to English Literature edited by Dinah Birch

Troppo Grosso

Harmony and Discord: The Real Life of Johann Sebastian Bach by Julian Shuckburgh

The Age of Roth

The Humbling by Philip Roth

From Humbert to Hubert

The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov

Flimsy Forecasts

We are constantly being warned about crises that will hit us "by 2050". But long-term projections almost always turn out wrong

Unsound Science

Government plans to allocate scientific research funding according to "economic and social impact" will stifle creativity and prevent basic advances

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"