Books
20 February 2012
Johann Eckermann, friend and amanuensis to Goethe, once confessed to the poet that he carried into society "a...
Ideas
01 October 2009
Michael Sandel
Culture
14 February 2008
"Would you like to see an opera?" asks my girlfriend Junqing during my recent visit to Shanghai. I hesitate. Chinese...
Books
21 August 2006
About a hundred years ago, a group of artists embarked on that unprecedented adventure known as modernism. Critics and...
Ideas
31 July 2006
"Under the pretext of 'profit', 'economic development', 'culture', our civilisation is intent on the destruction of...
Culture
26 June 2006
It seems odd to talk about the "idea" of art. Isn't art a basic human impulse, like eating or making love? Haven't we...
Books
06 February 2006
Ruben Gallego was born in Moscow in 1968 without hands or feet. He was packed off to an orphanage, then later to an old...
Books
21 November 2005
Animals have long functioned as emblems of the virtues and vices. Everyone knows that lions are brave, dogs faithful...
Books
08 August 2005
Children have always had much to endure from adults, but few more than Hans-Georg Behr, author of these reminiscences...
Culture
23 May 2005
Simon Blackburn, professor of philosophy at Cambridge University, is feeling harassed. What troubles him is "the minds...
Ideas
01 January 2005
I am walking down Kastanienallee, centre of hip Berlin. It is already dark; candles flicker through cafe windows....
Books
01 November 2004
On receiving this book, I casually assigned it to the shadowy category of "oriental wisdom", a category familiar to me...

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