History

National disgrace

With barely suppressed rage, but with a forensic eye for the facts after years of careful and deep research, Ian Campbell’s The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s national shame recounts a...

  • THE ADDIS ABABA MASSACRE

    Ian Campbell

Architecture

Integrity acts

In July last year, the New York Times ran three separate pieces about the uproar surrounding the push by estate agents to rebrand a southern part of Harlem as “SoHa”....

  • THE ROOTS OF URBAN RENAISSANCE

    Brian D. Goldstein

  • DOWN THE UP STAIRCASE

    Bruce D. Haynes and Syma Solovitch

Arts

Creativity unconfined

Eugène Delacroix remains best known for his early work, which reinvigorated history painting and led Baudelaire to acclaim him as the leading light of the Romantic movement. However, in the...

Biography

Walter Pater, 1890s

Renaissance man

The importance of Classics to Walter Pater

  • PATER THE CLASSICIST

    Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista and Elizabeth Prettejohn, editors

Biography & Memoirs

Slamming the door

It is not uncommon for feminist readers to make heroines of great female writers, and view their books and lives as personal models. In My Life in Middlemarch (2014), Rebecca...

  • FREE WOMAN

    Lara Feigel

Classics

Between God and Caesar

The first gospels were written during the last thirty years of the first century. By then Jesus had been dead for more than thirty years. We do not know where...

  • PONTIUS PILATE

    Aldo Schiavone

Commentary

Unchartered

In the early 1990s, I took exception to a buxom anthology entitled The Chatto Book of Office Life. There were two problems with this compilation, I sternly informed readers of...

Fashion

On their bikes

Who would guess, looking at late Victorian women’s fashions, that the Dress Reform Movement dated back to the 1830s? By 1900, the crinoline and the bustle had come and gone,...

  • BIKES AND BLOOMERS

    Kat Jungnickel

Fiction

In delighted havoc

In Our Inner Ape (2005), the primatologist Frans de Waal wondered what might have happened had we learned about bonobos before chimpanzees. Perhaps, he suggested, our theories of human evolution...

  • THEORY OF BASTARDS

    Audrey Schulman

History

Sound of blinking

The Eastern African savannah in the late nineteenth century was a violent place. It hosted a bewildering array of slave merchants who struggled for commercial supremacy before European invaders colonized...

  • TIPPU TIP

    Stuart Laing

Literary Criticism

Vive la presse!

When philosophy paints its grey in grey, a shape of life has grown old, and it cannot be rejuvenated, but only recognized, by the grey in grey of philosophy”: Hegel’s...

  • POETIC MODERNISM IN THE CULTURE OF MASS PRINT

    Bartholomew Brinkman

  • POET-CRITICS AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF CULTURE

    Evan Kindley

Literature

The outer skin of power

In “Politics as a Vocation”, a lecture delivered in Munich in 1919, Max Weber described politics as “the strong, slow drilling through hard boards with passion and sound judgement”. In...

  • DRILLING THROUGH HARD BOARDS

    Alexander Kluge

Literature & Poetry

Separate dots

A haphazard group of Europeans leads a mildly pressurized life in a sanatorium high above Geneva. The pressures come from tuberculosis and the woes of history. At an indeterminate time...

  • Zofia Nalkowska
    CHOUCAS
    Translated by Ursula Phillips
    200pp. Northern Illinois University Press. Paperback, $29.95.
    978 0 87580 707 2

NB

Travellin’ man

Some dialects are written down but never used outside the pages of a book. Nadsat, for example, which flourishes in A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (and in the film...

Poems

Woodsmoke

Woodsmoke I shall be walking past stark city gardens of October,or, on a stringent winter’s night, a row of cottages, airice-burning the throat – and in seeps woodsmoke; winding me...

Poetry

Sadness and courage

Despite his consistency of voice and range, Tim Dooley is a rare example of a poet who has improved with age. Weemoed, his first collection of new poems in almost...

  • THE SOUND WE MAKE OURSELVES
    WEEMOED

    Tim Dooley

Politics

All know, nobody cares

“In Italy”, the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone told Marcelle Padovani, a reporter for the Nouvel Observateur, in the early 1990s, “the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State...

  • THE GOOD MOTHERS

    Alex Perry

  • ROADMAP TO HELL

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

Politics & Social Studies

Salty as the sea

The Venetian Republic hit the apogee of its gastronomic renown in 1574, with the glittering banquets held to honour Henri III. The King was meant to be racing from Poland...

  • Katie and Giancarlo Caldesi
    VENICE
    Recipes lost and found
    272pp. Hardie Grant Books. £25 (US $39.95).
    978 1 74270 773 0

    Laura Zavan
    VENICE
    Cult recipes
    272pp. Murdoch Books. £20.
    978 1 74336 310 2

Religion

Drunk on godlessness

Spare a thought for the fate of humanists – not Erasmus or Thomas More, but members of humanist associations whose future, judging from Callum Brown’s book, may be even shakier...

  • BECOMING ATHEIST

    Callum C. Brown

  • GOD CREATED HUMANISM

    Theo Hobson

Science

Poster commemorating the space flight of Valentina Tereshkova in 1963.

Whitey on the moon

Zaheer Baber on NASA and pressing social movements

  • APOLLO IN THE AGE OF AQUARIUS

    Neil M. Maher

Science & Natural History

Walls and overalls

Even for those who shy away from the isolation and hard work of rural life, there’s a certain vicarious allure to stories of countryside careers. First published in 1991, Janet...

  • THE SHEEP STELL

    Janet White

  • BETWEEN STONE AND SKY

    Whitney Brown

Social Studies

Leftovers

In 2016, I joined a tour of universities in the United States with four other Chinese writers, promoting our books and Chinese literature generally. As we travelled from the East...

  • LEFTOVER IN CHINA

    Roseann Lake

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

Travellin’ man

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Some dialects are written down but never used outside the pages of a book. Nadsat, for example, which flourishes in A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (and in the film...

Creativity unconfined

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Eugène Delacroix remains best known for his early work, which reinvigorated history painting and led Baudelaire to acclaim him as the leading light of the Romantic movement. However, in the...

Alone at the party

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June 13, 2018

In 1888, August Strindberg wrote in the preface to what would become his most frequently performed play that “the tragic fate of Miss Julie” was the result of “her mother’s...

Polychrome people

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June 13, 2018

The first work that greets us as we enter the Met Breuer’s ambitious new show Like Life: Sculpture, color, and the body is Duane Hanson’s hyperreal “Housepainter II” (1984). A...

One standing for millions

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June 13, 2018

There survives a sound recording, made in 1890, of a bugle call. The bugle it captured had been carried at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The bugler himself had...

Slamming the door

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June 13, 2018

It is not uncommon for feminist readers to make heroines of great female writers, and view their books and lives as personal models. In My Life in Middlemarch (2014), Rebecca...

Leftovers

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June 13, 2018

In 2016, I joined a tour of universities in the United States with four other Chinese writers, promoting our books and Chinese literature generally. As we travelled from the East...

Marks set in motion

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June 13, 2018

In 1975, while held in Khartoum’s notorious Kober prison, the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi began to see more clearly than he ever had before. It was a moment when “one...

Life of lies

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June 13, 2018

An early chapter in James Comey’s memoir A Higher Loyalty describes his role as prosecuting attorney in the trial of a senior leader of the Gambino crime family. His witnesses...

All know, nobody cares

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June 13, 2018

“In Italy”, the prosecutor Giovanni Falcone told Marcelle Padovani, a reporter for the Nouvel Observateur, in the early 1990s, “the Mafia kills the servants of the State that the State...