Issue: November 2011

Underrated: James Boswell

The biographer of Dr Johnson's gift to posterity was to establish the latter as one of English literature's towering figures

Overrated: Robert Burns

The mawkish cult of Rabbie distracts us from the beauty of the Scottish poet's exquisite verse

Slap-happy Stand-up

The West Yorkshire Playhouse’s production of King Lear is a pacy triumph

They Never Saw The Crash Coming

The boom years lasted so long that writers and artists lost their nose for trouble

Pandemic Sans Pandemonium

Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is stylish and plausible, but its lack of spectacle means it won’t go viral

Things Visible and Invisible

The National Gallery’s new Leonardo show illuminates his quest for painterly perfection

Maestro’s Baton Passed to Youth

The age of megalomaniac conductors seems to be over—and about time too

Removing the Neutrino Anomaly

Minkowski enabled Einstein to supersede Newton. Today’s scientists must emulate them

Five New Poems

"One Elephant, Two Elephant" and four other new poems

Some of Their Best Friends

Book review of The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England from Cromwell to Churchill by Gertrude Himmelfarb

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"