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John Maynard Keynes. Photo: Tim Gidal/Picture Post/Getty
Virtuous vices: our mutable notions of good and bad
By John Gray - 16 January 13:48

From jealousy to cowardice to greed, the power of vices is to inspire virtue.

P J Harvey. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images
Tracey Thorn: Do we really want to watch P J Harvey drinking tea and plugging in studio leads?
By Tracey Thorn - 16 January 13:22

From bonus tracks to signed T-shirts to private concerts, do we end up here, selling not just the finished record, but every moment of the process? 

I am not Charlie. Comic: Tom Humberstone
In The Frame: I am not Charlie
By Tom Humberstone - 15 January 18:00

Our cartoonist Tom Humberstone reflects on the Charlie Hebdo shooting and subsequent debates.

Marion Cotillard has received a surprise Best Actress nomination for Two Days, One Night. Photo: Getty
The 2015 Oscar nominations: no surprises, but a few oddities
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 January 17:13

There is little to surprise a seasoned awards-watcher in this year’s nominations – Ryan Gilbey gives his verdict.

Miles Teller and J K Simmons in the percussion-based psychological thriller Whiplash.
Whiplash and Foxcatcher show there's more than one way to skin a fox
By Ryan Gilbey - 15 January 13:46

Despite strikingly similar prodigies and deranged mentors, Whiplash and Foxcatcher offer two very different takes on the mentor/pupil relationship.

Broad City's stars. Photo Credit: Lane Savage
Why you should be watching Broad City
By Stephanie Boland - 15 January 13:42

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s series pushes its provocative and surreal comedy even further in its second season.

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A neon Rubik’s Cube of a novel, designed for our economic age: 10:04 by Ben Lerner
By Philip Maughan - 15 January 13:15

Ben Lerner’s second novel tries to emulate Walt Whitman’s democratic “I” in an age when economic imperatives trump democracy. It is a clever and timely work — as much the story of the novel’s construction as the novel itself.

The novelist Michel Houellebecq in 2010. Photo: Alessando Albert/Getty Images
Michel Houellebecq: France's literary provocateur
By Leo Robson - 15 January 13:09

Michel Houellebecq’s novel imagining his country under Islamic rule featured on the cover of last week's Charlie Hebdo. But it's not the satire you'd expect.

A vinyl single. Photo: Getty
BBC Radio 4's The Single Life revealed the romance of vinyl
By Antonia Quirke - 15 January 12:31

At this rate, the self-funded seven-inch may well make a comeback.

Sophia sells the Suffragette, April 1913. Photo: Museum of London
Woman's Will to Power: The dramatic life of a forgotten suffragette
By Caroline Criado-Perez - 15 January 11:11

Anita Anand's Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary explores the life of an overlooked but important campaigner.

Gangster's paradise: A Brief History of Seven Killings
By Randy Boyagoda - 15 January 11:08

Marlon James's latest novel on Bob Marley and December '76 is more true for being fiction.

Olivia Coleman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.
Onset of madness: Broadchurch has gone completely loopy
By Rachel Cooke - 15 January 11:05

How credulous does Chris Chibnall think we are?

Ivan Vladislavić. Photo: Minky Schlesinger/And Other Stories
Lost in Joburg: Ivan Vladislavić's The Restless Supermarket
By Hedley Twidle - 15 January 11:03

One of South Africa's most accomplished prose stylists gets a timely reissue.

Divine machinations: William Blake, Apprentice and Master
By Erica Wagner - 15 January 10:53

William Blake’s “infernal method” is revealed in an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

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