Issue: June 2013

Riot of Spring

Stravinsky’s new work caused such an uproar that the police were called in. But why no encore?

Good Show — Pity About the Book

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is a treat for the eyes but cannot escape its flimsy source material

The Shabby Deceit of BBC Journalism

Embarrassed by their own lacklustre work, Auntie’s reporters refuse to acknowledge the graft of others

Hothouses and Mid-Life Crises

The West End’s latest box office hits specialise in existential angst and domestic backstabbing

The Space Behind Them

A contemporary of the British Pop Artists, Patrick Caulfield is at last coming into his own

Overrated: Maureen Dowd

The New York Times columnist, despite her transatlantic celebrity, no longer knows how far to go in her puerile cattiness

Underrated: Melanie Phillips

The most reviled personality in British journalism is a courageous writer whose independent thought has made her the target of boorish, misogynistic and anti-Semitic abuse

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"