The Crisis

A new story by M. John Harrison

A new story by M. John Harrison

Mary Beard: A Don’s Life

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Mary Beard

I am still a relative novice in TV documentary terms, but I have done enough...

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What it means to be French

Nationhood, identity, anxiety: Sudhir Hazareesingh ponders constructions and deconstructions of Frenchness

Cultural studies

India’s installation at the London Design Biennale “Utopia by Design”, Somerset House, London, 2016

Good place is no place

Chloë Houston on the tough job of reclaiming the idea of utopia in the twenty-first century

  • UTOPIA

    Thomas More

  • UTOPIA FOR REALISTS

    Rutger Bregman

  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE

    William Morris

  • DYSTOPIA

    Gregory Claeys

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Philosophies of taste

Philosophies of taste

Does wine taste the same to an expert and an amateur? Cain Todd considers the distinctions between flavour and sensory experience

Commentary

“Caporetto” by François Flameng, 1917

A farewell to glory

Mark Thompson on Hemingway and Hugh Dalton at the Italian front

Politics

Residents rest in front of a wall with a mural of late President Hugo Chavez, in Caracas, Venezuela, 2014

Revolution is not a dinner party

John Bew on attempts to understand the relationship between idealists and the powerful

  • FROM BENITO MUSSOLINI TO HUGO CHÁVEZ

    Paul Hollander

  • LABOUR AND THE GULAG

    Giles Udy

Books Of The Year

Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by white butterflies, Russia, by Jonas Bendiksen, 2000

Books of the Year 2017

Featuring Le Carré’s old spy and Énard’s tortured musicologist among many others

Cultural studies

Fashion show by Tekbir Giyim, Istanbul, 2008

Second skin

Emma Tarlo explores the complex and thriving world of Islamic fashion

  • PIOUS FASHION

    Elizabeth Bucar

Twenty questions

Twenty Questions with M. John Harrison

If you could make a change to anything you’ve written over the years, what would it be? Graham Greene was right, you just shouldn’t publish your first three novels

First Person

René Magritte, fifty years on

René Magritte, fifty years on

Roderick Conway Morris visits two museums dedicated to 'the most humane and witty of all Surrealist artists'

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Ian McEwan

Reading Ian McEwan’s correspondence

Lise Jaillant asks: what difference does it make for a researcher to work with emails rather than letters?

Poem Of The Week

‘Coconuts in the Cardiac Ward’

‘Coconuts in the Cardiac Ward’

‘Hospital more or less darkness, and all / with a one way or another faulty heart’ – by Lawrence Sail

  • A poem by Lawrence Sail; introduced by Andrew McCulloch

Technology

Google Headquarters, London

Vatican 2.0

Samuel Earle on the malign divinity of tech companies

  • WHAT ALGORITHMS WANT

    Ed Finn

  • MOVE FAST AND BREAK THINGS

    Jonathan Taplin

  • ADCREEP

    Mark Batholomew

Art History

Recalling Charlotte Salomon

Griselda Pollock on the creator of an original art form falling between book, cinema and painting

  • CHARLOTTE SALOMON

    Life? or Theatre?

  • LIFE? OR THEATRE?

    Charlotte Salomon

  • LIFE? OR THEATRE?

    Charlotte Salomon

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Laurence Olivier in Costume at the Sarah Bernhardt Theatre

Stage fright and existential panic

John Stokes on the nightmarish experience of ‘being alone in public’

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​"​Satan Exulting over Eve​"​​ by William Blake, 1795

Milton’s Satan and the struggle for power

Islam Issa considers how authoritarian governments and their rebels have engaged with Paradise Lost

Twenty questions

Jesmyn Ward

Twenty Questions with Jesmyn Ward

What author do you think is most underrated? Name most women writers. Name most writers of colour or queer writers or writers from marginalized communities

First Person

What a library can be

Stephanie Kelley on a new documentary that intervenes in the complex story of the American library

German Literature

“The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s America” by Martin Kippenberger, 1994

Without a prayer

Carolin Duttlinger considers Kafka’s late stories on a world out of kilter

  • THE BURROW

    Franz Kafka

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What does the essay do?

What does the essay do?

Brian Dillon considers the role, shape and purpose of the essay today

Commentary

“Philosopher in Meditation” by Rembrandt, 1632

But is it science?

Two leading philosophers, Roger Scruton and Timothy Williamson, interrogate their discipline

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Freedom, Books, Flowers & the Moon: November 2

With Toby Lichtig and Lucy Dallas – London has a brand-new theatre: the Bridge, the...

Footnotes to Plato

Jean-Paul Sartre and the demands of freedom

Jean-Paul Sartre and the demands of freedom

Gary Cox considers the work of a philosopher in constant pursuit of authenticity

Commentary

“Perelman-Poincaré” by Roberto Bobrow, 2010

The end of an error?

Timothy Gowers on the alternatives to formal peer review

Film

François Truffaut, 1966

First person cinema

James Campbell considers the novelistic new wave of François Truffaut

  • TRUFFAUT ON CINEMA

    Anne Gillain, editor

  • HITCHCOCK

    François Truffaut

Crosswords

Crossword 1202

Crossword 1202

Our weekly literary crossword

This Week's TLS

November 24, 2017

Inside and outside Castro’s Cuba; a new short story by M. John Harrison; do modern-day utopias exist?; how ‘Gaseous Cassius’ became Muhammad Ali; an extraordinary medieval couple; Muslim dress codes – and much more

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