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

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"