Issue: October 2013

Don’t Gorge Yourself

Vicky Featherstone’s first outing as artistic director of the Royal Court is tiresome and intolerably preachy

The Apotheosis Of The Ego

The Viennese Secessionists brought a pioneering introspection to their bold new portraiture

Overrated: George Monbiot

How seriously should we take an Old Stoic who wants to reintroduce wild elephants to Britain?

Underrated: Tony Blair

The former Prime Minister, whose call for Western military intervention in Syria is consistent with his words and actions in office

The Sublime Soviet

Leonid Stein was a virtuoso player whose unexplained death at 38 robbed the world of his otherworldly attacking brilliance

Boxing Clever

British television today is rubbish. But boxed sets — especially those dramas from America — are like bottles of fine wine, waiting to be consumed at the perfect moment

Boom or Gloom?

Road to recovery or just another Balls-up?

Ennui Questions

'Rather than being "tired of war", more likely the American public is tired of not actually winning one for some time'

Carney Do It?

'Mark Carney has undermined what many viewed as a basic premise of the UK inflation-targeting regime'

A Conservative Convention

'The European Convention on Human Rights is to a substantial degree a Conservative document. Withdrawal is a bad idea'

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"