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Ooh-aah: Eric Cantona in 2013. Photo: Getty
Maverick or phoney: why Balotelli has nothing in common with Cantona
By Ed Smith - 13 November 10:00

Ed Smith’s weekly column, Left Field. 

Detail from an 1800 engraving of a bust of Euripides. Photo: Getty
Uncovering remarkable lives through my second-hand Classics books
By Josh Spero - 13 November 10:00

Every life has some incident or episode that is worth telling. And so it proved as I delved into my Classics books, writes Josh Spero. 

Ready to rumble: Ali and Foreman in the famous 1974 fight. Photo: Getty
Lords of the ring: reliving Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle”
By Antonia Quirke - 13 November 10:00

A running commentary by Ricky Hatton and fellow boxers to mark the 40th anniversary of the super-fight, in what turned out to be a brilliantly conceived and delivered programme

 

A cross is seen as the moon is illuminated by sunlight during a total lunar eclipse, 8 October 8, 2014. Photo: Getty
Christians in space: Michel Faber’s science-fiction “last book”
By Erica Wagner - 13 November 10:00

We are in a future that is mostly just like the present. This isn’t the world of The Jetsons: Peter and his wife Bea shop in Tesco, have a cat called Joshua, drive a regular old car and read the Daily Express.

Mind your language: experimental psychologist Steven Pinker. Photo: Francesco Guidicini/Camera Press
A “mischievious” grammar: an encounter with the linguist Steven Pinker
By Tom Chivers - 13 November 10:00

There’s simply no reason to think that language (or society) is crumbling at all, says Pinker.

Land of opportunity: the developed world has allowed the poor to get poorer while the super-rich flourish
Capitalism was supposed to signal the end of poverty. What went wrong?
By David Aaronovitch - 13 November 10:00

David Aaronovitch reviews new books about wealth and inequality by Linda Tirado, John Kampfner and Danny Dorling. 

"Do men prefer cricket to waxing?": The Apprentice blog series 10, episode 6
By Anoosh Chakelian - 13 November 8:35

It's sexism and geopolitics for all ages as the teams attempt to invent their own board games.

Ali Smith: "The novel is a revolutionary force". Image: Rex
Ali Smith wins the 2014 Goldsmiths Prize for her novel “How To Be Both”
By Philip Maughan - 12 November 19:00

The £10,000 prize for experimental fiction has been awarded to the Scottish writer for her sixth novel which is “dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance”.

A statue of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang, North Korea. Photo: Feng Li/Getty
I’m in the North Korean embassy in London, looking at a painting of a big brown horse
By Eleanor Margolis - 10 November 9:33

Is the infamously secretive state finally beginning to open up? An art exhibition at the London embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic would seem to suggest it might be.

London's burning: a London fire engine. Photo: Getty
Suzanne Moore: The fish fingers were in flames – then the fire became uncontrollable
By Suzanne Moore - 07 November 12:13

Suzanne Moore’s weekly column, Telling Tales. 

Pink hair: when children become teenagers there are a whole new set of worries. Photo: Ryan and Sarah Deeds/Flickr
Tracey Thorn: I’m still “going through a phase” and it’s not too bad at all
By Tracey Thorn - 07 November 12:09

As your children keep changing, so does the job of bringing them up, each different phase bringing its own specific concerns, which vanish as new ones arise.

In the Frame: Todd
By Tom Humberstone - 07 November 11:19

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Acting out: struggling thespian Stephen Toast (Matt Berry)
Burnt offering: Matt Berry’s Toast is no laughing matter
By Rachel Cooke - 06 November 16:18

It’s as if two sixth formers had watched a few old DVDs – The Dick Emery Show, Rising Damp, the odd episode of Bottom or Alan Partridge – then written down the first thing that came into their heads. 

Dark arts: King has just published his 58th book
Why Stephen King should stop worrying about literary extinction
By Mark Lawson - 06 November 16:15

Mark Lawson’s Critics Notes. 

Cold comfort: Matthew McConaughey as Cooper in Nolan's space opera
Home from home: Christopher Nolan’s space movie Interstellar fails to launch
By Ryan Gilbey - 06 November 15:12

It’s hard to care about the future of civilisation when we meet so few members of it worth saving and most of those behave like they know they’re in a movie.

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