Issue: November 2010

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh overhears the great debate about Fairness

Burnt Out? Try Improvisation

Classical musicians should take time off once in a while to have fun. It’ll help them professionally

When Facebook Friends Fall Out

David Fincher’s movie about the rise of social networking is skilful, but the human touch is lacking

Different Class

Only in Britain could a TV company get away with a drama that looks so lovingly at the past

An Eye for the Ladies

Stendhal loved Lawrence, Thackeray thought his work tawdry. An NPG exhibition gives us a chance to decide

A Prince Among Hamlets

By making Elsinore a modern surveillance state, Hytner’s production has added menace

Black Power

Conventional wisdom says White is better from the first move. A few noted grandmasters have challenged this assumption

Busy Old Foolery

With advances in technology, we are learning more and more about the way the Sun is developing

A Fever that Doesn’t Last

Cyber-activism spreads quickly and reaches many, but the lack of risk involved means it is largely superficial

Let the Real Battle Commence

Our Mole inside the Labour Party says Ed Miliband and his gang from the metropolis are already showing them who’s boss

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