Issue: March 2013

ONLINE ONLY: The Jihad Against Culture

Mali's literary heritage is at risk of destruction by Islamists bent on eradicating all art that doesn't fit their oppressive worldview

Online Only: The Kenyatta Dilemma

Britain's clumsy diplomacy has damaged relations with Kenya

Hitler’s Superman

Martin Heidegger's apparent denazification after the — with the help of Jewish lover Hannah Arendt — requires further examination

Monsieur Gibbon’s Judges

A history of convivial symposia or drinking parties is rare. but one archival document opens a window on a past scene of drinking

Magnus Magnetism

London's forthcoming Candidates tournament features the world's best, including the highest-ranked player in history, Magnus Carlsen

Underrated: Jonathan Swift

Critics have wrongly disparaged the author of Gulliver's Travels, whom critics have disparaged as a misanthrope, a misogynist and a madman

Overrated: The Marquis De Sade

The infamous French libertine should be enjoying a reviva. The trouble is, he was a rotten pornographer

The Genius Who Beat Einstein To It

The French polymath Henri Pointcaré excelled in astronomy, physics mathematics and a lot more

The Good, the Ugly and the Bad

Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty deserve awards, Hitchcock is dull and Les Miserables in unbearable

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens