Issue: May 2010

Early Draws

The British Museum is displaying some of the greatest draughtsmen of the Renaissance

The Malady Lingers On

While Chopin’s bicentenary is marked far and wide, there’s little mention of Schumann’s

Pilgrim of Meaning

Newman's Unquiet Grave: Portrait of a Reluctant Saint by John Cornwell

The Original Dirty Digger

A King's Ransom: The Life of Charles Théveneau de Morande, Blackmailer, Scandalmonger & Master Spy by Simon Burrows

Close to the Bone

The Oxford Book of Parodies by John Gross

Fading Glitter

Final Demands by Frederic Raphael

Democracy in Action

There is a battle between old and new media in this General Election - but which will win?

A Dominatrix Writes

Our Mole says the new Policing and Crime Act has made life more dangerous for sex workers

Russia and Europe: The Dance Goes On

Nearly twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia remains markedly different to its Western neighbours. There are signs, however, that the values it aspires to are increasingly European

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"