1 September 2017

The artist who vanished

Bas Jan Ader’s disappearance at sea cemented the legend of this most self-negating of artists.

21 August 2017

The liquidation of history

Why we should oppose the destruction of Confederate statues.

28 July 2017

Inside Hemingway’s head

A new book explores the effect chronic alcoholism and head trauma had on the writer’s late work.

26 May 2017

The poet who vanished

The prodigiously talented Weldon Kees might have had it all. Then, in 1955, he disappeared.

12 May 2017

RIP Ueli Steck, a truly great sportsman

The man who redefined mountaineering.

4 May 2017

America after the fall

The Royal Academy's new exhibition underplays the abstract side of 1930s American painting.

10 April 2017

Building the Communist dream

Imagine Moscow, an exhibition at London’s Design Museum, captures an architectural future that never was.

27 February 2017

Kafka: a life beyond literature

Reiner Stach’s three-volume biography is a magnificent achievement.

16 January 2017

Samuel Beckett: a man of letters

Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.

30 December 2016

A violent obsession

Violent Sensations explores the fascination with sex and murder in 19th-century culture.