Books 12 September 2014

Boswell’s postcards from a hanging

A new collection of James Boswell’s writings reveals the enduring humanity of a man obsessed with public executions.

5 August 2014

Twin Peaks: this revolution was televised

A new edition of the TV series and its movie prequel reminds us just what a game-changer David Lynch’s opus was.

15 July 2014

The museums turning culture into a commodity

When museums sell off items to raise cash, they cheapen our cultural life.

11 July 2014

Blueprints
of Babel

A new dictionary of untranslatable ideas and words is heavygoing, but absorbing.

13 June 2014

The vanished and the defaced

In Stalin’s Russia, the camera was frequently made to lie.

9 May 2014

Notes of a dirty old modernist

Incest? Rape? Child murder? Alain Robbe-Grillet's final novel has it all.

28 March 2014

The pathology of genius

Was Gilbert Stuart’s erratic work and behaviour due to bipolar disorder?

24 February 2014

Never mind the children, what about the parents?

Until adults learn to conduct themselves properly in museums, children should be excluded.

22 November 2013

Camus and Monod: courage and genius

Sean B Carroll tells the story of two men whose lives embodied resistance, humanism and intellectual inspiration.

4 October 2013

Stephen King: no longer scary

King’s sequel to his Seventies classic, The Shining, is plodding and pedestrian.