So rapid has China's development been that at any given moment there are vast, empty proto-cities waiting for people.
New books by Louise Stern, James Kelman and Douglas Kennedy.
Rock's gothic - or comic - bogeyman gives a masterclass in transformation at the Royal Albert Hall.
Too often, films are very inarticulate when talking about books.
With screen actors taking the lead, Everyman and American Buffalo sparkle with cinematic swagger.
Gaming's literary roots.
They crossed paths while living close together in Reno - but the two heavyweights differed more than shared.
The first novel from Thick of It writer Jesse Armstrong addresses the morality of foreign intervention with jokes, slapstick - and a student play.
Mr Osborne's Economic Experiment reveals the chancellor's tricks.
This is real feminist history - work which was unheralded not just because it was top secret, but because women did it.
New books by Anthony King and Michael Barber invite us to assess - and act.
The debate over freedom is a complex, extended one.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
The Albarn-Coxon concoction sounds surprisingly robust.
The path up to Pendle. The sleeping beast. The purple skies.
Folk tell of witches burned or branded or drowned or hung
up there. They tell of failed crops, stillborn calves, murrain.
Always the women. Always the witches. Never the men.
Alan Titley's translation of Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille brings us a novel entirely in dialogue - and set in a graveyard.
He influenced writers from Salman Rushdie to Danilo Kiš - now a new novel by Maxim Biller takes us deep into the legend of the Polish-Jewish novelist.
Modernism's legacy seems to dominate refined taste - but you can't underestimate the power of a great story.
Perhaps what Dhillon was picking up on as patronising was that if you’re addressing a slightly younger audience you have a responsibility not just to keep distracting them with quotable outrages; their minds are less experienced.
We’ve seen too many Friday the thirteenth films to buy the sight of teenagers venturing into the deep, dark forest, but the deep, dark internet is another matter.
With Tom Hughes as lead and a script by Toby Whithouse, The Game gives us a lot to like - but doesn't do enough to surprise.
In a world so highly individualised, what we need is a cultural rather than an economic politics.
Melissa Harrison's At Hawthorn Time and Sarah Hall's The Wolf Border take us to the brink of the anthropocene.
Perhaps the most difficult word to pronounce aloud in the Turkish language is “soykirim” – genocide.
Introducing Mortal Kombat’s first openly gay character.
From the Grateful Dead to Arnold Schoenberg, via Tossers Wood.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Before I even got near the reds, I found myself thinking of a short story by Tolstoy, “How Much Land Does a Man Need?”.
Toni Morrison has plenty of laurels on which to rest - and this new novel isn't terrible. But given the choice, I'd read Beloved anyday.
If the Marvel fan base, like an elephant, is large but easily startled, Roy Andersson's minimalist vignettes in A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence ask the viewer to endure discomfort.