30 December 2016

Bowie: a ceaseless search for the new

Paul Morley’s biography rushes past the modernist genius of David Bowie.

21 December 2016

David Bailey’s NW1: capturing the 1980s

An exhibition of Bailey's NW1 images is a moving testament to impermanence.

12 December 2016

Robert Rauschenberg: a modern great

A wondrous Tate retrospective showcases a man ahead of his time.

28 January 2016

Review: Dietrich vs Riefenstahl

A parallel biography of Lene and Leni illuminates the lives of neither.

1 August 2014

Isaiah vs Isaac: a philosophers’ catfight

Isaiah Berlin’s run-ins with Isaac Deutscher show what a bitch Berlin could be.

7 February 2014

Jews, masturbation and women: the story of Philip Roth

Roth Unbound captures the biographical genius of America's greatest retiree.

6 September 2013

The film bores who can’t see Woody for the trees

A new ‘companion’ to Allen's movies confirms the sterility of film studies.

2 August 2013

Why we’re all in debt to Cezanne

A nobody in his own time, a knockout in ours, he changed how we see the world.

Books 27 July 2012

Pauline Kael: a critic with her finger on America’s pulse

The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.

Books 20 July 2012

A critic with her finger on America’s pulse

The late New Yorker film writer Pauline Kael may have got some judgements badly wrong, but she grasped how movies reflected wider society.