Issue: July/August 2013

Online Only: Heirs to the Left

When democratic leftists embrace illiberal ideologies, they normalise the fascism of the European New Right

ONLINE ONLY: The Hayward Gallery’s Fashionable Primitives

The "Alternative Guide to the Universe" claims to offer bracingly fresh perspectives. In fact it gives us the opposite, and is all the more interesting for it.

ONLINE ONLY: A Spiritual Corner of Southwark

Transport for London's development plans threaten a forgotten graveyard for paupers and prostitutes in south-east London

ONLINE ONLY: Castles in Spain

A visit to Andalucia, where unemployment is higher than it was almost anywhere in Europe in the Great Depression

Laureate of the Trenches

David Jones’s service at the front inspired an epic poem about World War I, “In Parenthesis”. Long neglected, it is ripe for rediscovery

The Zombie Argument that Refuses to Die

While it gives more credence to the naysayers than it should, Shakespeare Beyond Doubt excellently marshalls the evidence over the authorship of the bard's plays

The Tide Turns in East Sussex

The grand old towns of the south coast have certainly lost some of their former glory, but there is no reason why their best days should not be ahead of them

Stewed Lamb

The great man of letters Charles Lamb was naturally shy — wine allowed him to shine on conversation. Sometimes, though, he would overindulge

The Man in the Middle

Lothar Schmid was a great referee and a remarkable man: a former lawyer and grandmaster himself, he had the respect of even the respect of even the most temperamental of players

Underrated: Dante Alighieri

In praise of the author of the original Inferno, who ennobled not only the Italian language but all humanity

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"