Issue: November 2013

Twinkle Toes

Borislav Ivanov’s gadget-enhanced attempt to cheat his way to sporting success could have been lifted from a James Bond film

Venus In Vinis

For Ovid, business and occupation are the enemies of Cupid, but wine "prepares the heart for love"

The Aesthetics of the Everyday

We shouldn’t be satisfied with solidly utilitarian coins, stamps and the dreaded “street furniture”. Good design can be incredibly heartening

Lessons For Librarians Of London’s Folio Fiasco

A plan to sell four Shakespeare Folios revealed a widespread underappreciation of rare books

Decline Is A Choice

'The United States is now plagued by intimations of mortality, and is under a president whose highest ambition seems to be the abdication of global responsibilities.'

Kafka In Istanbul

Last year’s protests in Gezi Park have spurred Recep Tayyip Erdogan into absurd action: now he’s locking up would-be protesters before they have the chance to assemble

Grandiose Coalitions

Far from being democratically sound, grand coalitions foster short-termism and reinforce more extreme parties’ power of veto.

A Gross Violation

Last month the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe declared that male circumcision is a “violation of the physical integrity of children”. This is clear anti-religious prejudice

Jovial Pragmatists

SOAS’s new exhibition on Zoroastrianism fails to capture the rich cultural and historical legacy of this much-misunderstood and embattled faith

Malala’s Real Message

As a 15-year-old British schoolgirl, what struck me about this teenager’s life was that she isn’t a victim, but a role model whose every day is a protest.

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"