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Fiction special - Draughtman's contract. Graham Greene thought that Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast trilogy could never be rendered into film form. The BBC's recent adaptation of this great epic proves him wrong
14 February 2000
Although they are commonly bracketed together, it is hard to think of two more antithetical writers than J R Tolkien...
Little Scotlander - Tom Nairn's nationalism is stuck in the past, argues John Gray. In his desire to forecast the collapse of the union he seems scarcely to have noticed the country Britain has become
24 January 2000
The idea that the United Kingdom is an ancien regime on the edge of break-up is becoming commonplace, uniting...
22 November 1999
In his last years, Willie Whitelaw began to worry that there would be serious trouble over fox-hunting. He couldn't...
Machines maketh man. Public faith in science has never been stronger - yet the products of the scientific imagination elude attempts at public control
23 August 1999
In The Scientific Outlook, a virtually forgotten book he published in the early 1930s, Bertrand Russell inquired what...
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Modernity and its discontents. J G Ballard has never staked out a political position. But his fiction foresaw a world in which television images of fame and death were to become all-powerful
10 May 1999
Derelict airfields, drained swimming pools, encroaching sand dunes, mangled cars, drowned cities - if these images...
09 April 1999
A great American poet, John Ashbery, wrote that tomorrow is easy, but today is uncharted. He put his finger on our real...
19 February 1999
If it is true that we are all liberals now, what liberalism means today is anyone's guess. There is little consensus on...
20 November 1998
Nietzsche wrote somewhere that all philosophy is involuntary biography. It is hard to think of a philosopher of whom...