Issue: May 2009

Armenian Artist

‘To become world chess champion is to join the immortals. Yet some who have reached the top have been less lionised than others.

The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls

A major investigator of the Scrolls since their discovery explains why after 60 years they still have not made their full impact on the general public

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

Ayn Rand: Prophet of Capitalism

Why Atlas Shrugged, the libertarian's bible, is back in the bestseller lists

Budapest: Screwed Left, Right and Centre

‘Unfortunately, most Hungarians expect their politicians to be on the take and that's because many of them are. I'd love to name names, but I'm not in the mood for litigation’

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The courageous, Somali-born exile has rattled the Western liberal elite through her criticism of Islam, her former faith

Naomi Klein

North America’s most fashionable anti-capitalist ignores the benefits of globalisation for those less privileged than herself

Out of Tune With the Crowd

Two musicals - Spring Awakening and A Little Night Music - have been rapturously received. Can so many be wrong?

Close the Front Page

The type of journalist played by Russell Crowe in State of Play may already be history

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"