Issue: September 2008

Primal Emotion – in Abstract or Concrete Form

Two exhibitions show how much Francis Bacon and Mark Rothko had in common, despite their different approaches

The Torments Of Love

The Act of Love by Howard Jacobson

Revolutionary Roundabout

Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914 by Robert Gildea

Roger Bacon

Surely the man who can claim to be the world's first experimental scientist and to have advised the Pope deserves a better reputation

John Stuart Mill

Roger Kimball blames the revered advocate of 'experiments in living' for our inability to escape from the quagmire of moral nihilism

Patriot, Poet and Prophet

The leading Western historian of Stalinism's horrors first met Alexander Solzhenitsyn when the novelist was expelled from the USSR in 1974. Here he recalls his genius and his courage

What Do We Mean by ‘Art’?

Art is not culture or entertainment, it is complexity, the 'I' in life, ambition, the ambiguity of humanity, serious about itself

The End of ‘Chimerica’

The delicate balance of power between China and American is unstable and the geopolitical consequences will affect us all

Would You Mind Turning It Down?

When I tried to confront anti-social behaviour, nobody dared to back me up. So what's wrong with us?

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"